● Bred by William D. Graham, Telekinesis was purchased for $470,000 as a weanling at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The Ghostzapper-Intentional Cry colt's maternal grand dam is Gold Mover, a six-time graded stakes winner. Two of the last three Queen's Plate winners are offspring of Ghostzapper: Holy Helena (2017) and Shaman Ghost (2015).
● Unraced as a two-year-old following minor setbacks, Telekinesis has finished no worse than third in four starts this year.
● Telekinesis turned heads at first asking winning by more than three lengths and earning a 90 Beyer Speed Figure in a six-furlong sprint on February 9 at Fair Grounds. With that effort, he was selected as the 4-1 Winterbook favourite from 109 three-year-olds nominated to the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. In fact, Casse trainees were top four (including Kentucky Derby runner Flameaway).
● After hitting the board in an allowance race behind older rivals stretching out to 1-1/16 miles, Telekinesis headed to Keeneland and came up just a head short in his first stakes appearance in the Grade 3 Lexington, sponsored by his connections.
● Telekinesis then triumphed in his Woodbine debut, leading all the way in the Plate Trial Stakes. "I thought it was good," said Casse. "I thought that there's more there. I think it was his first time running at Woodbine and maybe he was a little confused. It looked like at about the half-mile pole that he thought, 'Well, oh that's it, it's over' and then when Patrick (jockey, Husbands) asked him to go he took off again. I think you'll see an improvement in this race coming up."
● Who does Casse tab as the top Plate rival? "Well, I guess probably the filly that beat us in the Oaks, Dixie Moon," he said. "Dixie Moon is probably our biggest competition."
Owner – Stonestreet Stables LLC
Barbara Banke, widow of Stonestreet Stables founder Jess Jackson, now operates both the stable and the family winery, Jackson Family Wines, after Jackson's death in 2011. Banke is a UCLA and Hastings Law School graduate. Although Jackson raced Thoroughbreds for a time in the 1960s, he re-entered the game in 2003, and in 2005 he acquired farms in Kentucky and Florida. Stonestreet is best known for campaigning 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. The first Grade 1 winner both bred and campaigned by Stonestreet was My Miss Aurelia, who secured an undefeated 2-year-old season that included victories in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont and the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs. She was named champion 2-year-old filly of 2011. In 2017, Good Magic won the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile for Stonestreet and co-owner e Five Racing Thoroughbreds. Stonestreet has also bought young unraced horses in partnership as potential stallion prospects to campaign and possibly later stand at stud, including multiple graded stakes placed Iron Fist with Regis Farms and multiple Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem with WinStar Farm.
Trainer – Mark Casse
Jockey – Patrick Husbands
Patrick Husbands, 45, has been a force at Woodbine since 1994. Born in Bridgetown, Barbados where he started his career, Husbands, comes from a riding family. His father was a rider while brother Simon also rides here at Woodbine. In 1990, at age 16, Husbands became the youngest rider to win the Cockspur Cup with Vardar. He also won the Bajan riding title in 1993. Among top horses he guided to victory during Canadian Horse of the Year campaigns include Lexie Lou (2014), Sealy Hill (2007) and Wando (2003), Canada's most recent Triple Crown winner. Husbands has garnered a record eight Sovereign Awards as Outstanding Jockey, the most recent for his 2014 campaign in which he won his seventh Woodbine title. He numbers 300 stakes, 76 of the graded variety, for purses exceeding $18.5 million. As of June 27, Husbands has 3,237 winners, along with over $157.5 million in purse earnings.