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Queen's Plate Results

T J's Lucky Moon and his connections celebrate his shocking upset win in the Queen's Plate

Dateline: 06/23/02

Canada's "Derby", the Queen's Plate, was run on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine under hot, hazy, humid, and windy conditions. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were on hand as the Royal representatives, the first time since Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 royalty made the trip across the pond to deliver the 50 guinea prize originally awarded by Queen Victoria.

Fourteen three year olds were slated to make the "gallop for the guineas" but only thirteen faced the starter due to the late scratch of Bravely who came down with an illness the morning of the race. There was no clear favorite so Sam-Son Farm's Ford Every Stream was sent off as the 2-1 choice with Classic Mike going off as the 3.35-1 second choice. By comparison, Ford Every Stream's stablemate Mountain Beacon was dismissed as the 85-1 longest shot on the board.

Price and Princess Michael of Kent in the royal box at Woodbine.
41-1 shot Streakin Rob was immediately sent to the front by jockey Chantal Sutherland, and he set initial fractions of 23.41 and 48.07 before giving way down the backstretch and fading quickly to an eventual last place finish. With a half mile to go, T J's Lucky Moon and jockey Steven Bahen gained the lead, completing 6 furlongs in 1:13.00. Anglian Prince, an 11-1 shot who had been as far back as 10th early, came on strong with a four wide move on the final turn. He closed willingly down the home straight but ran out of track and couldn't catch the eventual winner. T J's Lucky Moon finished 3/4 of a length in front of Anglian Prince in a pedestrian time of 2:06.88 for the 1 1/4 mile feature over a fast track. The slow time was no doubt attributed in part to the 30 mile an hour headwind the field faced during both trips through the stretch. It was another length back to third place finisher Forever Grand, and a length and a half back to the favorite Ford Every Stream, troubled by a five wide trip.

The Queen's Plate

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 1 1/4 mile

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 9   T J's Lucky Moon   Bahen          166.00   54.50 19.10
13   Anglian Prince     McAleney                10.70  6.90
 4   Forever Grand      Husbands                       5.60

T J's Lucky Moon holds off Anglian Prince to take the Queen's Plate.
Winning Time: 2:06.88
$2 Exacta 9-13 2,267.50 $2 Trifecta 9-13-4 15,375.50 $1 Superfecta 9-13-4-10 29,678.35
Results chart Race 9
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