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Mr. Will’s Path To The Plate: Billy and Neepawa

May 10, 2018

TORONTO, May 10, 2018 – The 159th running of the Queen’s Plate is set for Saturday, June 30, and entertainment blogger Mr. Will Wong wants to introduce you, the fans, to the top contenders.

In our new weekly segment, Mr. Will takes us behind the scenes to meet the equine stars and the unsung heroes who work with them on a daily basis. In Episode 2, Mr. Will introduces us to Neepawa and his groom, Billy Forde. Enjoy!

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The three-day Queen’s Plate Festival will run from Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, at Woodbine Racetrack. Critically acclaimed country music superstar Brad Paisley will kick off the Queen’s Plate Festival on Friday, June 29, with a show-stopping performance.

On Saturday, June 30, Sam Roberts Band will bring rock lovers to their feet with an unforgettable live concert following the 159th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate. The festival will continue on Sunday, July 1, with free Canada Day celebrations and fun for the whole family, including performances from popular children’s musical duo Splash’N Boots.

Bath time for Neepawa! (Keith McCalmont Photo)
Bath time for Neepawa! (Keith McCalmont Photo)

Click the link to re-visit last week’s episode featuring Silent Sting and Ruben!

For all the latest updates on the 2018 Queen’s Plate Festival, fans can visit

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