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Gallant in the winner's circle
Gallant in the winner's circle after the 2009 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack
© Terence Dulay
Winning trainer Mark Casse, who was not at Fort Erie but watched the race from the Finish Line Bar at Woodbine Racetrack, said by phone, "I (skipped the Queen's Plate) on purpose. I thought if this horse had any shot at being successful, he could be the only fresh horse in the Prince of Wales field. I figured everybody had beat each other up in the Queen's Plate. We needed our horse to run his best race, and some of the others not to run their best."