Avie's Flatter named 2019 Queen's Plate Winterbook favourite
Friday, March 8, 2019

TORONTO, March 8, 2019 - Avie's Flatter leads a list of 84 three-year-old Thoroughbreds nominated to the Canadian Triple Crown, which opens with the $1 million Queen's Plate on Saturday, June 29 at Woodbine Racetrack. 


Avie's Flatter has been assessed as the early 3-1 favourite in this year’s edition of the Queen's Plate Winterbook. Compiled by Ron Gierkink and Alex Campbell of the Daily Racing Form, the hypothetical Winterbook offers an early look at the 84 three-year-olds, including 11 fillies, that are nominated to the 2019 Canadian Triple Crown. 


In addition, a total of 59 fillies have been nominated to the 64th running of the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser, the first leg of the Triple Tiara, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 8. 


Owned and bred by Ivan Dalos' Tall Oaks Farm, Avie's Flatter went three-for-four and earned more than $250,000 during a juvenile campaign that included back-to-back victories in the Cup and Saucer Stakes over 1-1/16 miles of turf and the Coronation Futurity over 1-1/8 miles on the Tapeta. After breaking his maiden in his August 12 debut, the Josie Carroll trainee took on Grade 1 foes finishing a credible fourth despite a troubled start in the Summer Stakes.  


Avie’s Flatter is a 2018 Sovereign Award finalist in the Champion Two-Year-Old Male category. The Flatter colt is out of the Sovereign Award-nominated broodmare Avie's Empire and he is a half-brother to last year’s Wonder Where Stakes winner Avie’s Mineshaft. 


“He’s doing very well. He had a little bit of break after his last race and has been training in Florida,” reported trainer Josie Carroll.  “We had anticipated running next weekend in the Tampa Bay Derby, but he wasn’t quite ready for that, so we’ll possibly get a race in south before he comes home.” 


With multiple highlights from his debut season, Carroll was most impressed by the colt’s versatility winning on both the turf and the synthetic surfaces.  


“I think he’s a pretty special horse,” said Carroll, who has trained 795 winners in her career including past Queen’s Plate champions Edenwold (2006) and Inglorious (2011). 


“I think Mr. Dalos has been a very patient man with his horses and I think that’s key to developing a horse and getting the best chance to win a race like this.” 


Following Avie’s Flatter among the top three picks are Coronation Futurity runner-up Federal Law (4-1) and the undefeated Skywire (6-1), both trained by Mark Casse. The filly Desert Ride (8-1) and Awesome Wok N Roll (10-1) round out the top five selections with Chiefswood Stable’s homebred filly Bold Script, winner of the Princess Elizabeth Stakes for trainer Stuart Simon, assessed as the 12-1 sixth choice.  


Last year, Gary Barber's super filly Wonder Gadot, runner-up in the Woodbine Oaks, beat the boys in the $1 million Queen’s Plate as the Winterbook third choice and popular pick at post time for Casse before going on to win the Prince of Wales Stakes. Her stablemate Telekinesis, the early season favourite, finished fifth in the Queen's Plate. 


The first jewel of the Triple Crown is the highlight of the two-day Queen's Plate Racing Festival, which runs from Friday, June 28 to Saturday, June 29. The fashion-forward festival will feature world-class horse racing, live entertainment and delicious dining experiences. For the latest Queen's Plate news and event details, visit QueensPlate.com. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.ca for Canada’s premier horse racing festival.  


Here is a look at the complete Queen’s Plate Winterbook odds: 


Top 10 


1. Avie’s Flatter (3-1) 

2. Federal Law (4-1) 

3. Skywire (6-1) 

4. Desert Ride (8-1) 

5. Awesome Wok N Roll (10-1) 

6. Bold Script (12-1) 

7. Come On Gerry (14-1) 

8. My Silencer (16-1) 

9. Intanga Rose (18-1) 

10. Tone Broke (20-1) 




Dun Drum 

Green Fleet 

He’s a Macho Man 

Jammin Still 

Just Like Larry 

Lady Azalea 

Mayan Ghost 

Mind the Gap 

Moon Swings 


Spider Dance 

Tiz Breathtaking 




Bala Falls 

Bobby Bittman 

Camp Nardo 

Charge Ahead 

Corduroy Road 

Dynamic Force 


Field Patrol 

Flame Zapper 


Frankie Barrone 



Last Sunrise 

Lucas n’ Lori 


Pay for Peace 

Preferred Guest 



Souper Success 

Tricky Magician 

Victor’s Dynasty 





A Song for Artie 

Big Classic 


Capture the Music 

First Crusader 

Flawless Bourbon 

Garrison’s Charge 


Hurricane Dancer 

Into Temptation 

Jacob’s Brew 

Keen Samurai 

Leave It to Kitten 

Lion’s Goldenheart 



Muskoka Son 

Northern Haze 

Scattered Strikes 


Temper’s Tale 

The Newfie Express 




Ari Gold Speedwagn 

Box N Score 

Canola World 

Honor the Causeway 


Mildmay’s Secret 

Mr Leo 

Mr. Diffley 

North Battleford 


Sailin Street 

Seal Team Two 




Warrior’s Heart




PHOTO: Avie's Flatter winning the 2018 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo) 




Brittney Mayotte
Woodbine Entertainment,
Communications Manager
O: 416-675-3993 x 2561