Small Stable, Full ‘Plate’

By Brian DiDonato

Conditioner Catherine Day-Phillips may only have 28 horses in her stable currently, but she’ll saddle two sophomores in Sunday’s C$1-million Queen’s Plate as she seeks to complete her own Canadian Triple Crown.

The granddaughter of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Charles F. W. Burns and daughter of two-time Queen’s Plate-winning trainer Jim Day finished a close second in the 2004 Plate with A Bit O’Gold (Gold Fever), who returned to take the next two legs of the Triple Crown–the Prince of Wales S. and Breeders’ S.–en route to career earnings of almost $1.8 million.

Day-Phillips returned to the Breeders’ the following year with $2,500 KEESEP yearling Jambalaya (Langfuhr), who promptly romped by eight lengths and would later annex the GI Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup S. and GI Arlington Million for Day-Phillips and her husband Todd Phillips.

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