The lure of a $500,000 purse for a Canadian-bred 3-year-old filly, plus a modest crop, may ensure a big field.
American-breds won the two graded stakes races for 3-year-olds at Woodbine on July 10 and 11, but Tio Magico scoots in Queenston.
And Oaks contender Munnyfor Ro impresses as runner-up to Our Flash Drive in Selene Stakes for trainer Kevin Attard.
Saturday features the fillies in two stakes races, the Selene and Fury; on Sunday the boys battle it out in the Marine and Queenston.
American-based colts rated highly on Plate contenders' list, while light Woodbine Oaks list has just 26 fillies.
Stakes races this weekend will be extremely important for horses heading to the Plate and Oaks in August. It's crunch time!
A (very) early guide to the leading players for the Plate and Woodbine Oaks for 2021, set for August at Woodbine.
Trained by Josie Carroll, Curlin's Voyage is a candidate for Champion 3-year-Old Filly of 2020 for John Sikura and Windsor Boys.
The Champion 2-year-old filly of 2019 came from virtually last place and blew past rival fillies to win the 65th Woodbine Oaks on Aug.15th.
Most of the major contenders for the 161st Queen's Plate will race on Saturday in the Woodbine Oaks or Plate Trial, so pay close attention to how they run.
Woodbine packs the biggest races of 2020 into the next 4 1/2 weeks, beginning with this weekend's six stakes race smorgasbord.