If it’s summertime in the “Great White North”, then it must time once again for the Canadian Triple Crown season to commence and it all will get started this Sunday with the 155th running of the $1 million, Queen’s Plate Stakes, for 3yo, going 1 1/4 mile over the Woodbine poly track oval!
The Triple Crown “Canadian Style”
The Canadian Triple Crown races consists of a Kentucky Derby like 1 1/4 mile Queen’s Plate Stakes over the Woodbine poly surface, the 1 3/16 mile, $500k Princes of Wales Stakes over the Fort Erie “dirt” oval like our Preakness Stakes and finally a Belmont like 1 1/2 mile test back at Woodbine but over the internationally acclaimed E.P. Taylor turf course in the $500k Breeders Stakes, all run in a slightly more civilized 6 week summer season!
So, unlike their US cousins a Canadian Triple Crown winner must not only be adept at the classic distances, but also over all 3 surface types, as well!
Runners for this Year’s Plate!
Derby runner, GIII Spiral and Plate Trial winner We Miss Artie looks to be in the line up for the Ramsey’s with this year’s $500k Woodbine Oaks winner Lexie Lou coming out for trainer Mark Casse.
Some other name you might remember from our Derby trail chase as probables here includes, Ami’s Holiday, Asserting Bear, Matador, Coltimus Prime.
Majestic Sunset, Tower of Texas and Rhythm Blues are the other top finshers in the same Plate Trial prep returning here at Woodbine this Sunday!
List of Probables for the 155th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes,
Horses – Trainers – Owners
Ami’s Holiday / Josie Carroll / Ivan Dalos
Asserting Bear / Reade Baker / Bear Stables
Athenian Guard / Mike DePaulo / A & L Racing Stables
Cap in Hand / Sid Attard / Tucci Stables
Coltimus Prime / Justin Nixon / Cabernet Racing Stables
East Side / Mark Casse / Stoneway Farm
Lexie Lou / Mark Casse / Gary Barber
Lions Bay / Jamie Attard / M. N. V. & J. Earle
Majestic Sunset / Mark Casse / John Oxley
Man o’ Bear / Reade Baker / Bear Stables
Matador / Mark Casse / John Oxley
Niigon Express / Paul Attard / Chiefswood Stable
One Destiny / Alec Fehr /Winston Penny & Alec Fehr
Rhythm Blues / Nick Gonzalez / Hillsbrook Farm
Tower of Texas / Roger Attfield / Thomas Van Meter II & Scott Dilworth
We Miss Artie / Todd Pletcher / Ken & Sarah Ramsey