The Queen's Plate EntriesUpdated: 6/24/01
This year marks the 142nd running of the Queen's Plate, Canada's premier race for 3 year olds at a mile and a quarter with a purse of $1,000,000 Canadian. Unlike the past few years, this year's field will be less than full, with only 10 horses entered. The last time the field was that small was in 1991.
The Queen's Plate trophy
The race is known as the "gallop for the guineas" as the purse also includes an extra 50 Guineas to the winner (about $108) in the form of a draft from the Royal Privy Purse which is presented by the Queen's representative at the race. Minting of guineas was discontinued in England during the reign of George III whose forebear, George I, had instituted the gift of 50 guineas in racing, a tradition that remains though the guineas do not. This year the Queen's representative will be Lt. Governor of Ontario Hilary Weston.
Despite the race being restricted to Canadian breds, some very nice horses have won in the past including Northern Dancer, Kennedy Road, With Approval, Izvestia, Dance Smartly, and Awesome Again. Last year the race was won by Scatter the Gold, a 3/4 sibling to last year's Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. This year, Scatter the Gold's full sister Dancethruthedawn will attempt to beat the boys as her mother, Dance Smartly, did in 1991.
Dancethruthedawn won the Labatt Woodbine Oaks on June 9 after a troubled trip in the Kentucky Oaks and, based on her breeding and the class of her competition in Kentucky, she should be one of the favorites despite making her first start against males and stretching out in distance on two week's rest. Trainer Mark Frostad said, "She'll go the mile and a quarter. There's no problem getting the distance."
Win City with trainer Robert Tiller, jockey Constant Montpellier, and owner Frank DiGiulio Jr.
Millennium Allstar, co-owned by Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph, finished second to Win City his last two starts, and is hoping to finally pass his nemesis this Sunday. "His biggest problem is that he needs to have horses to run at," said trainer Sue Leslie. "He can't make the lead at the top of the stretch and hold on. He'll simply wait for the other horses."
Post time for the Queen's Plate is Sunday at 5:08pm ET as the ninth race on the card at Woodbine. It will be shown live on Sportsnet in Canada from 4:00 - 5:30pm ET, on TRN across North America and online from Woodbine's website.
Queen's Plate info online:
- Free Past Performances, program, and selections from Equibase.
- Live Audio/Video
- Woodbine Stable Notes - mostly Queen's Plate info now and updated frequently
- SLAM! Horse Racing - Canadian horse racing news
- WayMoreSports.com Horse Racing - more Canadian racing news
- TSN Horse Racing - more Canadian racing news
- News Index Search - articles from the various online news sources
- Queen's Plate Winners 1948-2000 - includes their sire line
- Queen's Plate Winners 1860-2000
- 2000 Results - the winner was Scatter the Gold
- 1999 Results - the winner was Woodcarver
- More Canadian racing links
- Toronto local info from About
Owner: Arosa Farms
Post Position 1
Trainer: Jim Cheadle
Jockey: Aaron Gryder
Foaling Date: 5/29/98 (filly)
Breeding: Sky Classic - Alleged Triumph x Alleged
Dosage Info: DP = 5-2-12-4-1 DI = 1.18 CD = 0.25
Race Record: 3 M-0-0 ?
Note: Best finish is 4th. 7th last out in a maiden special weight.
Owner: Stronach Stable
Post Position 9
Trainer: Tino Attard
Jockey: David Clark
Foaling Date: 5/11/98
Breeding: Broad Brush - Assombrie x Timeless Moment
Dosage Info: DP = 4-19-16-0-1 DI = 3.44 CD = 0.63
Race Record: 6 2-0-1 $118,415
Note: Winner of the Display last year placed 3rd in the Plate Trial for his second start of the year.
Owner: Sam-Son Farm
Post Position 10
Trainer: Mark Frostad
Jockey: Gary Boulanger
Foaling Date: 3/6/98 (filly)
Breeding: Mr. Prospector - Dance Smartly x Danzig
Dosage Info: DP = 20-10-20-0-0 DI = 4.00 CD = 1.00
Race Record: 7 4-0-1 $543,691
Note: Daughter of champion Dance Smartly won the Woodbine Oaks last out and is easily the class of the field. Can she beat the boys on two weeks rest?
Owner: D. Morgan Firestone
Post Position 5
Trainer: Cliff Hopmans
Jockey: Richard Dos Ramos
Foaling Date: 3/14/98
Breeding: Numerous - Dawnelo x Alleged
Dosage Info: DP = 9-2-11-2-0 DI = 2.20 CD = 0.75
Race Record: 7 1-1-3 $61,135
Note: Third last out in an allowance in his first start against winners.
Owner: Empress Stable
Post Position 8
Trainer: Steve Owens
Jockey: Patrick Husbands
Foaling Date: 3/4/98
Breeding: Highland Ruckus - Nonfiction x Lord Avie
Dosage Info: DP = 5-3-2-0-0 DI = 9.00 CD = 1.30
Race Record: 9 4-2-1 $390,861
Note: Four time winner at 2 has been well-beaten in both starts this year.
Owner: Sam-Son Farm
Post Position 2
Trainer: Mark Frostad
Jockey: Todd Kabel
Foaling Date: 2/17/98
Breeding: Kris S. - Queen of Egypt x Vice Regent
Dosage Info: DP = 3-4-17-2-0 DI = 1.48 CD = 0.31
Race Record: 5 1-2-2 $57,810
Note: Always in the money with a strong late rally but only just broke his maiden last start.
Owner: Curtis Joseph, Don Meehan, & Sue Leslie
Post Position 3
Trainer: Sue Leslie
Jockey: Robert Landry
Foaling Date: 4/10/98
Breeding: Meadowlake - Cargo x Caro
Dosage Info: DP = 8-9-7-0-0 DI = 5.86 CD = 1.04
Race Record: 7 2-4-1 $230,820
Note: Can the son of speedy sprinter Meadowlake overcome the distance limitations in his pedigree?
Owner: Sunny Acres Farms
Post Position 4
Trainer: Frank Passero Jr.
Jockey: Daniel David
Foaling Date: 1/24/98
Breeding: Tethra - Jeannie Mae x Prince Aries
Dosage Info: DP = 2-4-2-0-0 DI = 7.00 CD = 1.00
Race Record: 4 M-1-0 $8,220
Note: Maiden was just claimed last out for $40,000.
Owner: Victor & Rosanne Deschenes & Wags Nags
Post Position 6
Trainer: Robert Martin
Jockey: Ray Sabourin
Foaling Date: 5/7/98
Breeding: Concern - Tudor Art x Smarten
Dosage Info: DP = 4-8-6-0-0 DI = 5.00 CD = 0.89
Race Record: 4 2-0-1 $74,898
Note: Unraced at 2, has shown a versatile running style with one wire-to-wire victory and one rallying from last.
Owner: Frank DiGiulio Jr. & the Estate of Frank DiGiulio
Post Position 7
Trainer: Robert Tiller
Jockey: Constant Montpellier
Foaling Date: 4/21/98
Breeding: Slew City Slew - Winsfordan x Domasca Dan
Dosage Info: DP = 4-0-4-0-0 DI = 3.00 CD = 1.00
Race Record: 6 4-0-1 $315,678
Note: Plate Trial winner last out generally runs a stalking to pressing type race and always tries.
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Graphic courtesy of Woodbine. All photos by Cindy Pierson and Terence Dulay.