Early story lines for Queen's Plate

Nipissing, with Steven Bahen aboard, hits the finish line ahead of Spring In The Air to win the...

Nipissing, with Steven Bahen aboard, hits the finish line ahead of Spring In The Air to win the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 9, 2013, at Woodbine. Both horses are expected to race in the Queen's Plate on July 7, 2013. (MICHAEL BURNS/Photo)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

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He likely will be the Queen’s Plate favourite, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen Up With The Birds in action.

And the lengthy layoff between starts for a three-year-old colt is just one of the many angles bettors will have to digest when they handicap the 154th running of the Plate that is now less than 10 days away.


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