December 6, 2022

Shaman Ghost carries winning form into Queen’s Plate; Attfield keen on Danish Dy

Last updated: 6/30/15 3:08 PM

Shaman Ghost carries winning form into Queen’s Plate; Attfield
keen on Danish Dynaformer

Shaman Ghost defeated
several Queen’s Plate
in the Marine Stakes

(WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

His first three races didn’t produce the desired results, but Shaman Ghost
(Ghostzapper) will enter Sunday’s Queen’s Plate off a trio of victories. The
Stronach Stables homebred hasn’t been favored in any of those wins, breaking his
maiden at 12-1 odds three starts back at Gulfstream Park and recording a 13-1
upset in the May 16 Marine (G3) most recently at Woodbine.

“Winning form is the best form and he’s won three in a row,” trainer Brian
Lynch said. “He’s been doing everything well in those last three, really
fighting to the wire in all of them. I like the way he doesn’t give up. He just
keeps on battling. Hopefully, he brings that same great fight with him to the

The bay colt battled down the lane to capture the Marine by a half-length and
will retain the services of jockey Rafael Hernandez in Sunday’s “Gallop for the

“We were a little wide into the first turn as we were carried out a little
bit,” Hernandez said of the Marine. “I wanted to make one run and turning for
home I tried to go between horses, but I had no room. It took me a little bit of
kick, but this is a good horse. I took him out in the clear and he was gone.”

Lynch, seeking his first Plate triumph, had unwavering faith his charge would
turn things around.  

“You could just see with every work, with every day that went by, he was
figuring it all out,” Lynch noted. “Sometimes, it’s just a question of time for
particular horses. I’ve always liked him and I always thought he’d turn out to
be a good one.”

Danish Dynaformer has
captured three of his last four starts

(WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

Fifteen Ontario-bred three-year-olds are being pointed toward the 1 1/4-mile
event on Woodbine’s Polytrack. Eight-time Queen’s Plate winner Roger Attfield, a
member of both the Canadian and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame, will send out a pair
of runners in pursuit of record ninth victory, Plate Trial champ Danish
Dynaformer (Dynaformer) and improving maiden winner Billy’s Star (Perfect Soul).

Danish Dynaformer, a three-time winner from six starts, will be partnered by
Patrick Husbands in the Plate as Luis Contreras, aboard for the Plate Trial
score, is committed to Ami’s Flatter (Flatter). The bay colt breezed five
furlongs in 1:00 2/5 on Saturday in tandem with Billy’s Star, who will be
piloted by Eurico Rosa da Silva.

The 75-year-old Attfield, a native of Newbury, England, has added new
technology to his old-school horsemanship skills for this year’s Plate as both
his contenders wore an E-Trakka equine fitness monitoring device for their
recent breeze.

“They both wore it all winter,” Attfield explained. “I’ve got all their works
recorded and I can track their progress coming back off layoffs. The readout
provides you with heart rate, recovery rate and length of stride. A very fit
horse recovers very quickly (to a standing heart rate.) It also works as a GPS,
so we get a very accurate time. Though I’m pretty good at that anyway as I’m
always out there on my pony and within a fifth of a second (on timing

Both trainer and technology agreed on the success of the duo’s final Plate

“With both of these horses, the E-Trakka results were really excellent.
They’re in great shape and I just need to keep them happy and healthy for the
rest of the week,” Attfield said.

Danish Dynaformer won the Plate Trial comfortably by nearly a length, but
stablemate Billy’s Star endured a troubled trip and wound up sixth after
swerving to avoid the ill-fated Danzig Moon, who fell down the back straight.

“I can’t believe he (Billy’s Star) wasn’t a bit body sore after his last
race, he got cranked hard to avoid the fallen horse,” Attfield said. “Eurico
actually used him right after the incident quite a bit to get back in the race
and that was probably his run there, but he still made a bit of a run in the
lane. He’s had other races with trouble and then major trouble in the Trial, but
he’s training really well and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ran a big race in
the Plate.”

Danish Dynaformer continues to impress Attfield.

“He’s a really nice horse, no question about it,” Attfield said. “He’s got a
big turn of foot and a huge cruising speed. He cruises in the morning with 14
1/2s and 15s (eighths of a mile) consistently and you’d still be able to sit
down and work him a half-mile if you wanted to. He’s a very versatile horse.”

Tucci Stables and trainer Nick Gonzalez teamed up to win the 2013 Queen’s
Plate with the front-running Midnight Aria, a 17-hands tall son of Midnight
Lute. The band is back together for the 2015 Plate with Easy Indygo (Marchfield),
a much smaller individual blessed with a versatile running style.

“We always kind of liked him,” said Martha Gonzalez, wife and assistant to
the trainer. “The distance won’t be a factor as he’s always ran on very well.
It’s a last minute decision, but the horse is doing well, so why not. Two turns
is what he really wants. He’s pretty versatile. He can be on the front end or he
can sit back too. He’s got both angles covered.  He’s a handy little

A maiden winner in his juvenile finale, Easy Indygo has dropped all three
starts this season, but does exit a pair of placings versus allowance rivals in
his last two outings, including a neck third last time out on June 6. Emma-Jayne
Wilson will take over from Justin Stein, who sticks with Oaks winner Academic
(Henny Hughes).

“I think Emma will suit the horse,” Gonzalez said. “He’s one of those horses
that will do what you ask him to do. Emma’s a pretty aggressive rider and in
that final eighth of a mile you need someone who is a very strong finisher.”

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