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2008 Queen's Plate Day

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Queen's Plate trophy presentation
Queen's Plate trophy presentation

Woodbine Chairman and CEO David Willmot (gray suit) presents the 2008 Queen's Plate trophy to owner Charles Fipke (behind trophy), jockey Jono Jones, and trainer Roger Attfield (right).

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Owner Charles Fipke, winning his first Plate with his first starter, said, "It's just wonderful. I just felt he was going to do it. He had great competition. Ginger Brew is a fine horse. Somebody has to win, though. The Plate is the most prestigious race in Canada and this has been a total team effort, from Russ Bennett who buys my mares to Jack Werk my bloodstock (advisor) to Roger and his staff. I was pretty disappointed in (Tale of Ekati) not winning the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont. This sure makes up for it."

Trainer Roger Attfield added, "This is fantastic for me. It's not an easy race to win and it's been a few years since I won the seventh one (in 1995). It's just a great thrill. I love breaking records. I hold the record for the Prince of Wales and the Breeders and I wanted to at least equal this one. Now I have to worry about beating it."

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