Origin of The Queen’s Plate
The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest Thoroughbred horse race, having been founded in 1860. It is also the oldest continuously run race in North America. Read on to find out how it became the go-to summer event for race fans, fashionistas and everyone looking to have a great time at the racetrack!
The Queen’s Plate was inaugurated, with royal blessing, on Wednesday, June 27, 1860, at the Carleton track in Toronto, located in bucolic surroundings near what is now the traffic-strangled southwestern corner of Keele and Dundas streets.