TORONTO, May 30, 2019 – Woodbine Entertainment presents “The Photo Finish,” the official Queen’s Plate Style Guide for 2019.
The Photo Finish was created and edited by local filmmaker Zach Ramelan, in partnership with Buffer Festival, and features a cast of prominent, young Canadian talent sporting fabulous fashion provided by David Dunkley Fine Millinery, Official Milliner of the Queen’s Plate, Ever New and GotStyle.
The two-day Queen’s Plate Festival runs from Friday, June 28 to Saturday, June 29 at Woodbine, featuring the 160th running of the prestigious $1 million Queen’s Plate on Saturday, June 29. Live entertainment includes concerts headlined by Canadian country duo High Valley and JUNO-Award winning group The Washboard Union.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Queen’s Plate Festival, visit www.queensplate.com.
TORONTO, May 19, 2019 – After celebrating former Woodbine runner War of Will’s Preakness Stakes victory yesterday at Pimlico, Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse carried his winning momentum into Sunday’s 10-race program at the Toronto oval with a grand slam including the featured $125,000 Queenston Stakes for three-year-olds.
Casse has dominated recent stakes action at Woodbine, sweeping the trifecta in the Fury a week ago and taking the top two spots in Saturday’s Grade 3 Selene with Power Gal and Preferred Guest.
Federal Law and My Silencer gave Casse another 1-2 stakes finish in Sunday’s seven-furlong Queenston for Canadian-foaled sophomores prepping for the Canadian Triple Crown, which begins with the $1 million Queen’s Plate on June 29. The victory was the fourth on the day for Canada’s 10-time Trainer of the Year.
Federal Law trailed the compact field of Queen’s Plate eligibles early on before improving position along the rail and then splitting horses down the stretch in rein to Gary Boulanger. Stewards reviewed that maneuver and ruled no change to the order of finish after he re-rallied to collar late leader My Silencer at the finish line in 1:23.05.
After stalking front-runners Corduroy Road and Souper Success through opening fractions of :22.85 and :45.29, the favoured Casse contender My Silencer took over command in the stretch before being headed in the final strides. Dun Drum, who was shuffled to the back, rallied widest of all to grab third prize just a half-length behind while Souper Success finished fourth and Corduroy Road completed the order of finish.
“That’s racing,” said Boulanger of Federal Law and Souper Success coming in close quarters at the top of the lane. “You’re going to have situations where there’s a little bumping and things that go on and you’re just trying to survive and get through it.”
Bred by the Jim Dandy Stable, Federal Law now sports a record reading 3-3-1 from 10 career starts for owner Qatar Racing Limited.
Federal Law kicked off his career racing in England last year before winning his debut from the Casse stable at Woodbine in early November and subsequently finishing second in the Coronation Futurity behind Avie’s Flatter, the Queen’s Plate Winterbook favourite. Following a start at Turfway Park, he hit the board in last month’s Wando Stakes, won by stablemate Skywire.
“He’s very game. We thought a lot of him,” said Boulanger of the Scat Daddy-Gravelly Bay gelding, who has been assessed as the 4-1 second choice in the Queen’s Plate Winterbook. “Obviously, Mark sent him up to the race at Turfway and he breezed well there. And he breezed well going into the race going long, he just wouldn’t shut off for me going two turns with the blinkers. We discussed it and I said, ‘Well, if you sprint him back, I’d leave the blinkers on.’ And so we went in the sprint and he’s really manageable in traffic going short. He’s got a tremendous turn of foot when he does get some clear sailing.”
Federal Law paid $9.70 to win the Queenston as the 7-2 third choice on the toteboard.
Casse teamed up with jockey Jerome Lermyte to open the Sunday card with back-to-back wins courtesy of Souper Shenanigan ($9.60) and West Paw ($6.30). The duo was also victorious in the seventh race prior to the stakes feature with Wings of Dawn ($6.30).
Federal Law and jockey Gary Boulanger winning the $125,000 Queenston Stakes over fellow Mark Casse trainee My Silencer on Sunday, May 19 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)
Live Thoroughbred racing resumes tomorrow with a special Holiday Monday program featuring the Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes. First race post time is set for 1:05 p.m.
TORONTO, May 16, 2019 – Fans across the country will have the opportunity to watch some of the top contenders for Canada’s most famous horse race, the Queen’s Plate, when they go postward in the $125,000 Queenston Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine.
Five Plate-eligible horses will square off in the seven-furlong sprint for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds. The connections of Federal Law, 4-1 second choice in the Queen’s Plate Winterbook behind Avie’s Flatter (3-1), My Silencer (8-1, eighth spot), Dun Drum (25-1), Corduroy Road (30-1) and Souper Success (30-1) will all be hoping for encouraging results this Sunday ahead of the $1 million ‘Gallop for the Guineas,’ set for June 29 at Woodbine.
Souper Success, trained by Mike De Paulo for owner Mickey Demers, comes into the Queenston off an impressive upset score in the Woodstock Stakes on April 27.
Ignored on the tote board at 16-1, the son of Souper Speedy, under Jesse Campbell, rallied smartly to win by a length in a time of 1:09.65 over six furlongs on the Toronto oval Tapeta.
Souper Success and Jesse Campbell winning the Woodstock Stakes on April 27 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)
The win was extra special considering Souper Success was originally slated to run elsewhere.
“Initially, he was supposed to run in a non-winners of two race, going five-eighths,” noted De Paulo. “But the race didn’t go, so we took a shot at the stake. He ran really well. He’s a nice horse.”
The veteran conditioner expected Souper Success to fare okay in the Woodstock, but the win came as a bit of a surprise.
“I thought he had a shot to hit the board,” said De Paulo. “But I was just concerned that we had trained him going five-eighths and had him revved up a little. He only had that one five-eighths going into the race, so I was a little worried he might not be as fit as he needed to be. But I guess he was just good enough.”
Campbell, who piloted Midnight Aria to Plate glory in 2013, was thrilled with the effort of the gelding bred by John Carey.
“He always showed [talent] from day one,” said Campbell. “He never blew away horses in the morning, but Mike asked me who I wanted to ride of the bunch that were working and I said, ‘I want to ride him.’ He’s got a brain on him and he can run too. He’s been a cool cat since he was two, a long ways before he had ever run, and he’s still showing it today. I’m just very proud of the connections and this horse – he’s just a neat little guy.”
“Jesse loved the way he ran,” offered De Paulo. “He’s been a bit of a push-button horse. He’s very rateable and every time we’ve asked him to do something, he’s come through for us.”
On Sunday, Souper Success will travel one extra furlong and load into the gate beside some Plate-hopeful heavyweights.
De Paulo is anticipating another strong performance from the Ontario-bred.
“This is a good race. He worked super the other day (May 12, :59.20, breezing, over five furlongs). That was the best work of the day. He’s coming into the race in really good shape.”
While a shot at winning one of horse racing’s most iconic events remains the goal, De Paulo does have options set out for Souper Success, who followed a second-place effort in his career debut last fall with a maiden-breaking score over five furlongs.
“We’ve nominated him to the Bold Ruckus Stakes (June 2, six furlongs on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course), but if he decided to run a really big race in the Queenston, we certainly might entertain the thought of running in the Plate. We’ll have to see what happens. He’s not a speed crazy horse where you have to go. He’s pretty cool.”
Last year, Silent Sting won the 62nd edition of the Queenston in a time of 1:23.22. He paid $8.10 for the win.
The Queenston is slated as Race 8 on Sunday’s 10-race card. First post time is 1:05 p.m. Fans can watch and wager on all the action via HPIbet.com.
FIELD FOR THE $125,000 QUEENSTON STAKES
POST – HORSE – JOCKEY – TRAINER
1 – Federal Law – Gary Boulanger – Mark Casse
2 – Corduroy Road – Sheena Ryan – Robert Tiller
3 – Souper Success – Jesse Campbell – Mike De Paulo
4 – My Silencer – Eurico Rosa da Silva – Mark Casse