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After lots of recent uncertainty, Woodbine Entertainment has confirmed that the $1 million Queen’s Plate will be run in Toronto on Sunday 22 August 2021.
After the 2020 racing season finished prematurely, with the final day cancelled due to bad weather and snow, it’s the news that all horse racing fans have been hoping for.
New Slot in the Calendar
One of Canada’s premier sporting events, Queen’s Plate is a horse racing event that usually takes place annually in June. In 2020 it was shuffled back to late summer, eventually being run on 12 September.
For 2021, the new date to put in your calendar is 22 August 2021, a highlight of the summer racing season.
Woodbine Entertainment believes that the slightly later date provides the best opportunity for fans to enjoy the race. By pushing the date back until August, it’s hoped that fans will also be able to attend, restoring Queen’s Plate as one of the must-attend social events on the Toronto calendar.
Tickets aren’t yet available for sale for the race, but Woodbine has said they will be released in the coming months.
The Thoroughbred Stakes schedule is expected to begin on Saturday 17 April, after which Woodbine has said more details will be available about the August race.
History of Queen’s Plate
Queen’s Plate is one of the most prestigious thoroughbred racing events and attracts widespread attention from racing fans far and wide. It’s the oldest stakes horse race continuously run in North America, an event steeped in equine tradition.
Every year the best three-year-old thoroughbreds in Canada come together to race for the coveted Queen’s Plate title. The race holds a very special place with fans, and the 2020 event led to the highest wagering levels ever seen in the event’s history.
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The One-Eyed Winner
2021 will be the 162nd Queen’s Plate to be run, but what kind of horses take the title?
In 2007, the event switched to a synthetic track and is now run on Tapeta. It produces a consistent and fair surface, roughly equivalent to a going of good on regular turf. The track is a mile-and-a-quarter long, and fillies make a good showing here, picking up 37 titles over the years.
A filly didn’t win the 2020 race, but Mighty Heart was special in his own way. The bay colt only has one eye, as due to birth trauma, one eye had to be removed when he was just a few weeks old. This didn’t stop him romping home to glory, making him a hugely popular winner. It was jockey Daisuke Fukumoto’s first time in the Queen’s Plate, proving that you don’t always need to have the experience to lead a winner home.