Attards will be hot to trot

RICHARD MAUNTAH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

The Attard name is prominent, pretty much every day at Woodbine. So it's no surprise two members of the track's most recognizable training family will be front and centre in this year's Queen's Plate.

Sid Attard will saddle the likely favourite in the June 24 race after Jiggs Coz scored a 13/4-length victory in the Plate Trial Stakes while his nephew Kevin likely will have two contenders in Alezzandro and Leonnatus Anteas.

Jiggs Coz, a grey son of Cozzene, tracked front-runner Alezzandro for much of yesterday's Plate Trial, taking over at the top of the stretch and drawing off to win in 1:50.77 for a mile-and-an-eighth.

"I thought there would be a little better pace," rider David Clark said. "But we just had to do with what we had."

"But for his first time carrying 126 pounds and first time around two turns this year, he did great."

Sid Attard, perennially one of the circuit's leading trainers, has never won the Plate and is not at all concerned about the favourite's role bestowed on Jiggs Coz.

"When you have the favourite, you've got a shot, right," he said. "I don't mind it."

Jiggs Coz now has won four of his five career starts. His other start this year was a win in the Queenston Stakes. Sid Attard feels the colt is now ready for the 11/4-mile test in three weeks.

"I don't think it will be a problem for him," he said. "The farther for him, the better."

Jiggs Coz is owned by the Jim Dandy Stable of Mel Lawson, a Hamilton resident who finished second in the 1984 Plate with Let's Go Blue.

Finishing behind Jiggs Coz and second-place finisher Marchfield was Alezzandro, who only had one previous start before the Trial.

"I'm sure he's going to improve off this race," Kevin Attard said. "It should tighten him up. He was blowing pretty hard."

Attard said Alezzandro, as a big colt, had a lot of minor setbacks as a two-year-old.

"He's such a big horse that he really just had to grow into himself," he said.

Earlier in the card, Kevin Attard's other hopeful, Leonnatus Anteas, just missed winning an optional claiming event against older runners in his first start in seven months. The champion two-year-old in Canada last year was nosed out at the wire by six-year-old veteran Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk.


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