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Cool Gator tops Queen’s Plate Winterbook
Woodbine handicapper
Jennifer Morrison installed Cool Gator as the early favorite for the
Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher, at 8-1, and Stuck in Traf c, a multiple Woodbine stakes winner at 12-1, round out the top  ve in the Plate rankings.
Like Cool Gator, Deputiformer is also spending the winter in Florida. He too hit the board in his sophomore debut, a Gulfstream Park allowance event. The David James charge was third, about a dozen lengths behind a very talented youngster in Big Brown.
Pletcher trainee Harlem Rocker is
2008 Queen’s Plate.
Last year, Mike Fox rallied late to
Cool Gator, a chestnut son of Macho Uno,  nished second in a pair of important Woodbine stakes events, the Grey Breeders’ Cup and the Corona- tion Futurity.
the second son of Macho Uno in the Winterbook’s top  ve.
snatch the $600,000 winner’s share of the Plate pot from Alezzandro. The son of Giant’s Causeway was 20-1 in the Winterbook.
“He just ran into a freak horse,” said DePaulo. “We were looking at running him on the grass but that race came up. We just wanted him to settle off the pace and make a run. All in all, I was very happy. He may run once more (at
The Stronach Stables homebred broke slowly in his February 14 debut, but he made up for it in a hurry.
Owned by Garland Williamson and trained by Dan Vella, Cool Gator’s Winterbook quote was set at 4-1 for the 149th renewal of the $1 million race, set for Sunday, June 22, 2008 at Woodbine. The race will air on CBC.
In his three-year-old debut, March 1, the homebred was a fast-closing second at Gulfstream Park, earning a strong Beyer Speed Figure of 86.
Under Eibar Coa, the grey colt gobbled up eight lengths from the  ve-eights pole to the wire to notch his  rst career victory by 1 3/4 lengths.
“His race was outstanding,” said Vella. “He never backed out of
being inside all the way. He lost some momentum but still  nished strongly. (Jockey) Edgar (Prado) said that if the rail had opened or he moved him out sooner he probably would have won.”
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Cool Gator is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Like a Gem.
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Deputiformer, a gelded son of Silver Deputy, earned his position as the book’s second choice by capturing a wild renewal of the 1 1/16-mile Cup & Saucer. He  nished a neck in front of Cryptonite Kid, who was three-quar- ters ahead of Seattle Hill.
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as 12  llies, nominated to the 2008 Canadian Triple Crown.
The Wind eld Farms-bred dem- onstrated his versatility in his next start,  nishing third in the Coronation Futurity, 1 1/4 lengths back of Kesagami and just a head behind the aforementioned runner-up Cool Gator.
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