Queen’s Plate Kicks of Canadian Triple Crown
By Margaret Ransom
Today marks the 158th running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, the most prestigious race for sophomores contested north of the border and also the race with the longest consecutively run streak in North America. Named for the sitting monarch in Britain (currently a queen, will revert to the King’s Plate when Prince Charles ascends the throne), the 1 ¼-mile test, which is conducted over the synthetic Tapeta surface, is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Though the Queen’s Plate has been held at different tracks in Canada, the classic for Canadian-breds has been held at Woodbine every year since 1955. Some of the more recognizable names to have won the Queen’s Plate are L’Enjoleur, Son of Briartic, Key to the Moon, With Approval, Izvestia, Dance Smartly, Alydeed, Peteski, Awesome Again, Wando, Wild Desert and Shaman Ghost.
A total of 25 fillies have defeated their male counterparts in the Queen’s Plate, the most prominent likely being racing Hall of Famer Dance Smartly in 1991. (As a broodmare, Dance Smartly produced two Queen’s Plate winners herself in 2000 and 2001—Scatter the Gold and Dancethruthedawn, respectively.) And 12 horses are… (more)