TORONTO, August 21, 2022 – Moira was once again masterful in victory, the daughter of Ghostzapper-Devine Aida trouncing her 10 rivals to the tune of a seven-length triumph in the 163rd running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate, Sunday at Woodbine.

If there was any question as to what type of encore the Ontario-bred filly would come up with after a brilliant 10 ¾ lengths score in the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser three weeks ago, Moira had a most emphatic answer, punctuated by a primetime performance in front of an aprreciative crowd.

Owned by X-Men Racing LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and SF Racing LLC and trained by Kevin Attard, the bay, under Rafael Hernandez, was at the top of her game, posting a track and Plate record time of 2:01.48.

Multiple stakes winner The Minkster broke sharply and took the lead with Ironstone and Sir for Sure picking up the pursuit as the field moved in front of the grandstand for the first time. Moira, tucked in ninth, was running comfortably through the opening quarter timed in :23.75.

The Minkster, who won last year’s Coronation Futurity and this year’s Queenston, maintained his 1 1/2 -length lead over fellow multiple stakes winner Ironstone, with Sir for Sure and Causin’ Mayhem positioned in third and fourth, respectively, at the half in :47.58.

As The Minskter and Ironstone began to battle it out on the front end, Hernandez roused Moira around the turn for home and the fleet-footed filly responded with a devastating late turn of foot, breezing by her foes, and effortlessly gliding to the lead.

Once striking front, it was game over, as Moira widened her advantage with ease, converting a three-length lead at the stretch call into a seven-length tour de force, producing one of the most impressive Plate performances ever. Hall of Dreams was second, with Sir for Sure, another Mark Casse trainee, in third. Ironstone was fourth.

Moira and Rafael Hernandez winning the 163rd running of The Queen's Plate. (Michael Burns Photo)

Moira and Rafael Hernandez winning the 163rd running of The Queen’s Plate. (Michael Burns Photo)

“It’s unbelievable,” said Hernandez, who teamed with Shaman Ghost to win the 2015 Plate. “You know, with good horses, you can get out of trouble so quick and always get a second, or third gear like her. Sat off, save ground, and when you want to get out of the horses in front of you, you just move out, and she gave me everything. She gave me another gear, and when we turned for home, she was unbelievable. She’s something else. She is so special.”

“This win is for her [Hernandez’s late grandmother], and all my family enjoyed the moment,” he continued. “It’s unbelievable for me, because this is home. This [Canada] is home now and to be the first one for Kevin, it makes it so special.”

For Attard, it was an emotional and treasured moment, one he had dreamt about since he launched his training career.

In 2007, he finished second with Alezzandro. Today, 15 years later, he was able to go one better.

“I’ve been down this path with a few horses that I thought I’ve had chances. Obviously, I was really excited today with this filly. But it’s just such a hard race to win and you don’t know. But you know, I’m here now and I got this trophy in my hand I worked really hard. I have a great staff. And it’s just a great moment and I’m so happy right now.”

With the win, Moira, bred by Adena Springs, became the eighth filly to notch the Oaks-Plate double, joining such greats as Dance Smartly, Flaming Page, Holy Helena, Inglorious, and Lexie Lou.

Moira and Rafael Hernandez winning the 163rd running of The Queen's Plate. (Michael Burns Photo)

Moira and Rafael Hernandez winning the 163rd running of The Queen’s Plate. (Michael Burns Photo)

Moira, who has won all three of her 2022 engagements, is now 4-1-0 from five career starts.

“You know Kevin, he’s the best,” praised Donato Lanni, a highly successful bloodstock agent, who formed X-Men Racing. “I’ve known Kevin since ‘04, and he’s an unbelievable trainer, his training staff is just phenomenal. Everybody employed is phenomenal.”

As is his Plate champion.

“She’s such a nice filly. She’s an amazing filly. We’re just fortunate to be here with a good group of guys.”

The $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, a 1 3/16-mile race over Fort Erie’s dirt oval on September 13, is the next race in the tri-surface OLG Canadian Triple Crown series, which concludes with the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes at 1 ½-miles over Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course on October 2.

Wando, in 2003, was the last horse to sweep the series and the seventh since its exception in 1959.

Moira returned $5.60, $3.40 and $2.90, combining with Hall of Dreams ($10.60, $7.10) for a $64.10 exactor. Sir for Sure ($7.10) completed a $400 triactor. Ironstone rounded out a $1 superfecta that returned $1,353.90.

Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications / @WoodbineComms

The 163rd running of The Queen’s Plate is scheduled for this Sunday (August 21).

The Woodbine Communications team has compiled a list of Queen’s Plate Facts & Figures, including race records, payout facts, jockey & trainer appearances and more.

TORONTO, August 10, 2022 – Woodbine Entertainment announced today that platinum-selling Canadian country duo, The Reklaws, have been named the celebrity ambassadors for this year’s 163rd running of The Queen’s Plate on Sunday, August 21 at Woodbine Racetrack.

Reklaws at Queen's Plate 2022

Reklaws at Queen’s Plate 2022

Comprised of siblings Jenna and Stuart Walker, The Reklaws are multiple-time CCMA Award winners and have received multiple JUNO Awards nominations. The duo has amassed 250 million-plus streams globally along with 10 gold and seven platinum-certified tracks.

As Queen’s Plate celebrity ambassadors, The Reklaws will take the stage at Woodbine for a special performance, which will also be broadcast live on CTV and TSN (4 p.m. ET). The duo will also perform the ceremonial ‘Riders Up’ call just prior to The Queen’s Plate race.

The Reklaws are no strangers to Woodbine and The Queen’s Plate, having mixed their rural roots and country music fame with the sport of horse racing on multiple occasions. The Reklaws performed the national anthem at The Queen’s Plate in 2018 and teamed with Woodbine in 2020 to film the music video for their single “Where I’m From”, which helped raise funds for racehorse aftercare programs.

“The Reklaws have been great friends of Woodbine and to the horse racing industry, so it makes perfect sense that we welcome them back as this year’s Queen’s Plate celebrity ambassadors,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “It’s been a treat to watch their continued success and we know they will deliver a great performance on Plate day.”

“We’re so excited to be returning to the 163rd Queen’s Plate – it’s always one of our favourite events of the summer,” said the Reklaws’ Stuart Walker. “We’re really humbled to have been asked to join Plate day as a celebrity ambassador and are looking forward to taking the stage to get the party started this year,” echoed Jenna Walker.

Tickets to this year’s Queen’s Plate are on sale now through Ticketmaster.ca with multiple options available. Grandstand seats are selling fast, while limited dining packages and premium experiences also remain.

The Ketel One Clubhouse Social is the ultimate premium Queen’s Plate experience, providing an enchanting social experience that highlights fashion, delectable gourmet treats, live music and much more in a relaxing yet sophisticated setting.

To view more details on Queen’s Plate ticket and experience options, click here.

For the latest updates on this year’s Queen’s Plate, visit Woodbine.com, QueensPlate.com and follow @WoodbineTB on social media.


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