Queen’s Plate Returns To Woodbine This Month
After months of frustration and uncertainty over no live events being permitted to take place, Woodbine Racetrack is at long last ready to get back into the business of hosting live events and entertaining horseracing fans from all over Ontario and Canada. And all of this includes the upcoming CA$1 million 161st Queen’s Plate, which will this year be battled out on the racetrack on September 12.
Coming up before the actual race, however, is the September 9 post-position draw for this year’s big race. Getting underway at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, fans won’t have to stress about missing out on any of the action, because anyone excited about the race will be able to live stream all of the riveting horseracing action online.
Big Start Of Triple Crown Day
The Queen’s Plate is of course the first race competed as part of the annual Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Canadian Triple Crown, which is yet another reason Wednesday is expected to be such an important day on the annual Ontario horseracing calendar.
The idea behind the post-position draw is to enable connections participating in the big event to first pinpoint their race-positions so as to ensure the smooth running of the prestigious Queen’s Plate. Set to be hosted by prominent racing analyst Jason Portuondo, who will on post-position draw day be joined Woodbine CEO and President Jim Lawson, the event promises to mark a positively exciting return to big-event live racing at the beloved venue.
Originally scheduled for June 27, the race was eventually postponed to the September date so as to allow Ontario’s horse people to comply with the rules of physical distancing.
A Riveting August
As for the race itself, this year’s event will be run by as many as 16 race-hopefuls all hoping to finish in 1st-place position. The Plate Trial race, which was ultimately won by Bodemeister-Smarthalf colt Clayton, took place on August 15, which had in and of itself been a glorious event and return to some sense of horseracing normal.
And in between then and now, Woodbine Mohawk Park also got to celebrate the 37th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup – an event which on August 29 race-day saw three-year-old pacers battling it out for the grand 1st-place prize of CA$500,000.
Of all the Standardbred participants that took part in the big event, it would ultimately be Tall Dark Stranger that would prove successful at leaving behind his fellow race participants.