Queen's Plate

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Queen's Plate
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Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1860
Race type Thoroughbred
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com/queensplate
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Polytrack, Left-handed
Qualification 3-year-old Canadian-bred
Weight Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lbs. (54.9 kg)
Purse CAN$1 million

The Queen's Plate is Canada's oldest thoroughbred horse race, having been founded in 1860. It is also the oldest continuously run race in North America.[1] It is run at a distance of 1¼ miles for a maximum of 17 three-year-old thoroughbred horses foaled in Canada. The race takes place each summer, in June or July, at Woodbine Racetrack, Etobicoke, Ontario, and is the first race in the Canadian Triple Crown.

History[edit]

Initiated in 1859 by the then president of the Toronto Turf Club, Sir Casimir Gzowski, the Queen's Plate was inaugurated on June 27, 1860, at the Carleton racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, with the prize of 50 guineas awarded by Queen Victoria. Woodbine Racetrack hosted the race in 1876 and 1881 and then continuously from 1883 to 1955. The Queen's Plate has been running at Woodbine since 1956.

The record time for the race since 1957, the year in which the track was set at its current length of 1¼ miles, is 2:01 4/5, set by Kinghaven Farms Izvestia in 1990.

Nick Eaves, President and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group, announced during the 2012 Queen's Plate post position draw that Woodbine Racetrack may be forced to close in April 2013 due to the cancellation of Slots at Racetrack program partnerships between Ontario's racetracks and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Eaves said that if Woodbine is not open, "there won't be a Queen's Plate."[2] A new funding agreement was put in place in March 2013, which ensured the continuation of horse racing at Woodbine for the next 2 years and affirmed the 154th running of the Queen's Plate.

Royal patronage[edit]

Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, is patron of the event and various other members of the Canadian Royal Family have been in attendance through the years, beginning with the Duke of Argyll and his wife, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, in 1881, when the Duke was serving as Governor General of Canada and the couple was touring Ontario.[3] Elizabeth II's most recent visit to the race was in early July 2010.

Distances[edit]

  • 1860–1867: 1-mile (1.6 km) heats
  • 1868–1870: 2 miles (3.2 km)
  • 1871: 1¾ miles (2.82 km)
  • 1872–1886: 1½ miles (2.4 km)
  • 1887–1923: 1¼ miles (2.01 km)
  • 1924–1956: 1⅛ miles (1.811 km)
  • 1957-: 1¼ miles (2.01 km)

Winners[edit]

Horses owned by Windfields Farm have won the Queen's Plate eleven times, but the most successful was the stable owned by Joseph E. Seagram, a prominent distiller from Waterloo, Ontario. Seagram's stable won it on twenty occasions between 1891 and 1935 including eight times in a row between 1891 and 1898, and ten times in eleven years from 1891 to 1901.

In 2006, Josie Carroll became the first woman trainer to ever win the Queen's Plate. The following year, Emma-Jayne Wilson became the first female jockey to win the race.

Winningest Jockeys:

Winningest Trainers:

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2013 Midnight Aria Jesse M. Campbell Nicholas Gonzalez Tucci Stables 2:04.72
2012 Strait of Dover Justin Stein Danny Vella Canyon Farms 2:01.99
2011 Inglorious Luis Contreras Josie Carroll Donver Stable 2:02.63
2010 Big Red Mike Eurico Rosa da Silva Nick Gonzalez Terra Racing Stable 2:04.89
2009 Eye of the Leopard Eurico Rosa da Silva Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:03.84
2008 Not Bourbon Jono Jones Roger Attfield Charles E. Fipke 2:03.59
2007 Mike Fox Emma-Jayne Wilson Ian Black D. Morgan Firestone 2:05.45
2006 Edenwold Emile Ramsammy Josie Carroll Jim & Alice Sapara 2:05.30
2005 Wild Desert Pat Valenzuela Robert J. Frankel Daniel Borislow & Partners 2:07.37
2004 Niigon Robert Landry Eric Coatrieux Chiefswood Stable 2:04.72
2003 Wando Patrick Husbands Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 2:02.48
2002 T J's Lucky Moon Steve Bahen Vito Armata Molinaro Stable 2:06.88
2001 Dancethruthedawn Gary Boulanger Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:03.78
2000 Scatter The Gold Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:05.53
1999 Woodcarver Mickey Walls Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 2:03.13
1998 Archers Bay Kent Desormeaux Todd Pletcher Melnyk & Bristow 2:02.10
1997 Awesome Again Mike E. Smith David Hofmans Frank Stronach 2:04.20
1996 Victor Cooley Emile Ramsammy Mark Frostad Windways Farm 2:03.80
1995 Regal Discovery Todd Kabel Roger Attfield No. 1 Stable 2:03.80
1994 Basqueian Jack Lauzon Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 2:03.40
1993 Peteski Craig Perret Roger Attfield Earle I. Mack 2:04.20
1992 Alydeed Craig Perret Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:04.60
1991 Dance Smartly Pat Day Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:03.40
1990 Izvestia Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:01.80
1989 With Approval Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:03.00
1988 Regal Intention Jack Lauzon Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:06.20
1987 Market Control Ken Skinner Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:03.60
1986 Golden Choice Vincent Bracciale, Jr. Michael Tammaro Dick Sanderson 2:07.20
1985 La Lorgnette David Clark Macdonald Benson Windfields Farm 2:04.60
1984 Key to the Moon Robin Platts Gil Rowntree B. K. Y. Stable 2:03.80
1983 Bompago Larry Attard John Cardella Carl Cardella & Partners 2:04.20
1982 Son of Briartic Paul Souter Jerry G. Lavigne Paddockhurst Stable 2:04.60
1981 Fiddle Dancer Boy David Clark James C. Bentley John B. W. Carmichael 2:04.80
1980 Driving Home William Parsons Glenn Mangusson CFCW Racing Stable 2:04.20
1979 Steady Growth Brian Swatuk John J. Tammaro, Jr. Kinghaven Farms 2:06.60
1978 Regal Embrace Sandy Hawley Macdonald Benson Windfields Farm 2:02.00
1977 Sound Reason Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 2:06.60
1976 Norcliffe Jeffrey Fell Roger Attfield Norcliffe Stable 2:05.00
1975 L'Enjoleur Sandy Hawley Yonnie Starr J. Louis Lévesque 2:02.60
1974 Amber Herod Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 2:09.20
1973 Royal Chocolate Ted Colangelo Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 2:08.20
1972 Victoria Song Robin Platts Larry Grant Green Hills Farm 2:03.20
1971 Kennedy Road Sandy Hawley James C. Bentley Helen G. Stollery 2:03.00
1970 Almoner Sandy Hawley Jerry G. Lavigne Parkview Stable 2:04.80
1969 Jumpin Joseph Avelino Gomez Robert S. Bateman Warren Beasely 2:04.20
1968 Merger Wayne Harris Roy Johnson Golden West Farms 2:05.20
1967 Jammed Lovely Jim Fitzsimmons Yonnie Starr Conn Smythe 2:03.00
1966 Titled Hero Avelino Gomez Patrick MacMurchy Peter K. Marshall 2:03.60
1965 Whistling Sea Tak Inouye Roy Johnson Olivier Ranches 2:03.80
1964 Northern Dancer Bill Hartack Horatio Luro Windfields Farm 2:02.20
1963 Canebora Manuel Ycaza Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 2:04.00
1962 Flaming Page Jim Fitzsimmons Horatio Luro Windfields Farm 2:04.60
1961 Blue Light Hugo Dittfach Patrick MacMurchy Col. K. R. Marshall 2:05.00
1960 Victoria Park Avelino Gomez Horatio Luro Windfields Farm 2:02.00
1959 New Providence Bobby Ussery Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 2:04.80
1958 Caledon Beau Al Coy Yonnie Starr Conn Smythe 2:04.20
1957 Lyford Cay Avelino Gomez Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 2:02.60
1956 Canadian Champ David Stevenson John Passero William R. Beasley 1:55.00
1955 Ace Marine George Walker Yonnie Starr Larkin Maloney 1:52.40
1954 Collisteo Chris Rogers Richard Townrow Bur-Fit Stable 1:52.00
1953 Canadiana Eddie Arcaro Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 1:52.20
1952 Epigram Gil Robillard Stanley V. Bowden Three V's Stable 1:58.60
1951 Major Factor Alf Bavington Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 1:53.00
1950 McGill Chris Rogers Pete Keiser Vincent J. Sheridan 1:52.40
1949 Epic Chris Rogers Bert Alexandra E. P. Taylor 1:52.20
1948 Last Mark Howard R. Bailey Jim G. Fair Jim G. Fair 1:52.00
1947 Moldy Colin McDonald Arthur Brent Parkwood Stable 1:54.20
1946 Kingarvie Johnny Dewhurst Arthur Brent Parkwood Stable 1:55.60
1945 Uttermost Robert B. Watson Cecil Howard Harry C. Hatch 1:53.80
1944 Acara Robert B. Watson Cecil Howard Harry C. Hatch 1:54.80
1943 Paolita Pat Remillard William Thurner Charles H. Hemstead 2:02.60
1942 Ten To Ace Charles W. Smith Harry Giddings, Jr. Harry Giddings, Jr. 1:57.80
1941 Budpath Robert B. Watson Loyd Gentry, Sr. Harry C. Hatch 1:56.80
1940 Willie the Kid Ronnie Nash Gordon J. McCann Mildred A. Kane 1:55.80
1939 Archworth Sydney Denny Birley Mark Cowell C. George McCullagh 1:54.40
1938 Bunty Lawless John W. Bailey Jack Anderson Willie F. Morrissey 1:54.40
1937 Goldlure Stirling Young William H. Bringloe Harry C. Hatch 1:55.40
1936 Monsweep Danny Brammer William H. Bringloe Harry C. Hatch 1:55.00
1935 Sally Fuller Herb Lindberg Johnny Thorpe Seagram Stables 1:55.40
1934 Horometer Frankie Mann Harry Giddings, Jr. Col. Samuel McLaughlin 1:54.20
1933 King O'Connor Eddie Legere William H. Bringloe Seagram Stables 1:56.40
1932 Queensway Frankie Mann Harry Giddings, Jr. Robert W. R. Cowie 1:55.20
1931 Froth Blower Frankie Mann Harry Giddings, Jr. Robert W. R. Cowie 1:59.20
1930 Aymond Henry Little Jack Hutton Ryland H. New 1:57.20
1929 Shorelint J. D. Mooney Fred H. Schelke Thorncliffe Stable 1:57.60
1928 Young Kitty Lester Pichon William H. Bringloe Seagram Stables 1:57.00
1927 Troutlet Francis Horn John Nixon Ryland H. New 1:55.80
1926 Haplite Henry Erickson William H. Bringloe Seagram Stables 1:59.60
1925 Fairbank Chick Lang Jack Givens James C. Fletcher 1:56.40
1924 Maternal Pride George Walls William G. Wilson Hugh S. Wilson 1:57.60
1923 Flowerful Terry Wilson William H. Bringloe Seagram Stables 2:11.00
1922 South Shore Kenny Parrington Fred H. Schelke Thorncliffe Stable 2:12.00
1921 Herendesy James H. Butwell George Walker Brookdale Stable 2:10.00
1920 St. Paul Roxy Romanelli Harry Giddings, Jr. Harry Giddings, Sr. 2:09.00
1919 Ladder of Light Lawrence Lyke Joseph H. Doane George W. Beardmore 2:09.40
1918 Springside Lee Mink Ed Whyte George M. Hendrie 2:08.80
1917 Belle Mahone Frank Robinson Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram 2:08.80
1916 Mandarin Arthur Pickens Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram 2:12.00
1915 Tartarean Harry Watts John Nixon Charles Millar 2:09.20
1914 Beehive Guy Burns Harry Giddings, Jr. Harry Giddings, Sr. 2:10.60
1913 Hearts of Oak Johnny Wilson Harry Giddings, Jr. Harry Giddings, Sr. 2:09.20
1912 Heresy Robert Small John Nixon Brookdale Stable 2:11.00
1911 St. Bass Eddie Dugan Harry Giddings, Jr. Harry Giddings, Sr. 2:08.80
1910 Parmer Johnny Wilson John Nixon Valley Farm Stable 2:12.40
1909 Shimonese Clifford Gilbert John Nixon Valley Farm Stable 2:10.40
1908 Seismic Charles Fairbrother Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram 2:11.00
1907 Kelvin James Foley Charles Phair T. Ambrose Woods 2:12.60
1906 Slaughter John K. Treubel Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram 2:11.60
1905 Inferno H. Kelly Phillips Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram 2:12.00
1904 Sapper Jimmy Walsh John Dyment, Jr. Nathaniel Dyment 2:12.00
1903 Thessalon Quintin Castro John Dyment, Jr. Nathaniel Dyment 2:15.50
1902 Lyddite Sam Wainwright Ed Whyte William Hendrie 2:15.00
1901 John Ruskin Harry Vititoe Harry Blair Joseph E. Seagram 2:18.75
1900 Dalmoor Harry Lewis Harry Blair Joseph E. Seagram 2:14.00
1899 Butter Scotch R. J. Mason Eddie Whyte William Hendrie 2:15.50
1898 Bon Ino Tiny Williams Charles Boyle Joseph E. Seagram 2:15.50
1897 Ferdinand Harry Lewis Charles Boyle Joseph E. Seagram 2:13.00
1896 Millbrook Harry Lewis John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram 2:19.00
1895 Bonniefield Alf Brooker John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram 2:17.50
1894 Joe Miller Frank Regan John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram 2:28.50
1893 Martello Harry Blaylock John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram 2:14.00
1892 O'Donohue F. Horton John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram 2:22.00
1891 Victorious Michael Gorman John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram 2:14.50
1890 Kitestring Fred Coleman Daniel Curtin Thomas D. Hodgens 2:22.00
1889 Colonist Richard O'Leary Richard O'Leary J. D. Matheson 2:16.00
1888 Harry Cooper Richard O'Leary Richard O'Leary J. D. Matheson 2:18.50
1887 Bonnie Duke Charlie Wise William E. Owen Robert Bond 2:19.00
1886 Wild Rose Charles Butler Charles Butler David Watson Campbell 2:48.25
1885 Willie W. William Jamieson Erastus Burgess Erastus Burgess 2:58.00
1884 Williams A. Martin A. Martin John Halligan 2:50.75
1883 Roddy Pringle Jacob Smith Charles Boyle Charles Boyle 2:52.50
1882 Fanny Wiser Allie Gates W.E. Owen Arthur Abingdon Stable 2:51.00
1881 Vice Chancellor Mr. Brown Erastus Burgess John White 2:53.00
1880 Bonnie Bird Richard O'Leary Erastus Burgess John Forbes 2:47.00
1879 Moss Rose Allie Gates Jonathan Scott John White 2:54.50
1878 King George Allie Gates Richard O'Leary Col. John Peters 2:49.50
1877 Amelia Charles Phair Jonathan Scott John White 2:56.50
1876 Norah P. Mr. Cook Daniel Curtin Col. John Peters 2:52.00
1875 Young Trumpeter Unknown Daniel Schoff R. Ellison & C. Horton 2:52.50
1874 The Swallow John Hazard William H. Hannon Dr. Robert Thompson 2:51.75
1873 Mignonette Unknown Jacob Smith Roddy Pringle 2:57.00
1872 Fearnaught Richard O'Leary Richard O'Leary Alex Simpson 2:54.50
1871 Floss James Lee Robert T. Davies Robert T. Davies 3:21.00
1870 John Bell John Bennett Charlie N. Gates Charlie N. Gates 3:54.50
1869 Bay Jack Abe Robinson, Jr. James Berry Edward S. Bilton 3:50.00
1868 Nettie Archie Fisher Jonathan Scott James & John White 3:55.00
1867 Wild Rose Alex McLaughlin Mr. Fagan James & John White 1:50.50
1866 Beacon Johnny Gagen Johnny Gagen Peter D. McKellar 1:54.00
1865 Lady Norfolk Unknown John Sheppard John Sheppard Ukn
1864 Brunette Unknown Dr. George D. Morton Dr. George D. Morton 2:00.00
1863 Touchstone William Small James White James & John White 1:59.00
1862 Palermo Charles S.Littlefield, Sr. Charles Boyle George C. Chalmers 2:03.00
1861 Wild Irishman Ben Alcott George Henderson George Henderson 2:00.00
1860 Don Juan Charles S.Littlefield, Sr. James White James White 1:58.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thoroughbredreport.com/faq.html
  2. ^ Campbell, Alex (21 June 2012). "Eaves: Closure of Woodbine Possible in 2013". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "History > History of Queen's Plate". Woodbine Entertainment Group. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 

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