Queen’s Plate Rescheduled To September 12
Dating back as far as 1860, Woodbine’s Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest Thoroughbred horse race. What’s more, the annual Queen’s Plate is also the oldest continuously run race in all of North America. Which is why the news that the 161st edition of the Queen’s Plate has been rescheduled to take place on September 12, 2020, is a great deal more significant to the actual heritage and history of the legendary race than what one may naturally assume it to be.
The famous Queen’s Plate and the first leg of Canada’s Triple Crown comes complete with stakes of CA$1 million in race-day prize money. All eyes are each year fixed on the legendary race at Woodbine Racetrack, with millions of spectators from all over the world either attending race-day in person or tuning in for live online broadcasts of the celebrated event.
Schedule Is A Balancing Act
Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson announced the new date for this year’s race earlier on in the week. Lawson explained that since at least two preparatory races will have to be run with well enough time to spare in between, September 12 is a date selected from a purely practical point of view.
The CA$125,000 Plate Trial and the CA$500,000 Woodbine Oaks are the two races run in preparation of the annual Queen’s Plate. Lawson confirmed that both races have been rescheduled so as to take place on August 15th. The idea, emphasised Lawson, behind the specific dates chosen for both the Queen’s Plate as well as the two preparatory events, is to afford racehorses sufficient and ample time during which to property train and prepare for the ultimate of all races.
All Eyes On September
Other important new dates confirmed by Lawson include September 19, which is the revised date now earmarked for the second leg of the Triple Crown, namely the Woodbine Mile event. This race too comes with prize money to the tune of CA$1 million intact.
The entire race season has had to be completely reconstructed due to unexpected ongoing interruptions to the usual annual race schedule. Ontario’s government a little over a week ago announced that the local economy will be opened in phases and that horse racing, albeit without spectators physically present, will be permitted to open during the first phase.
The hope, as voiced by Lawson and many others, is that by the time September rolls around, spectators will once again be permitted back into the actual stands.