TORONTO, July 7 – Up With the Birds, winner of the Marine Stakes, Woodbine Oaks winner Nipissing and Plate Trial victor Dynamic Sky head a field of 12 Canadian-bred three-year-olds for the $1 million Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most famous horse race, Sunday at Woodbine.
The 154th edition of the Plate, the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America, will be televised live on CBC-TV in HD (High Definition) in a special presentation from 4:30 – 6:00 pm ET. Post time is 5:38 pm. The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, will be the Royal Guest of Honour.
Everything you need to know about the Plate can be found on QueensPlate.Com.
Over the past week, a number of valuable resources have been posted on the site including video footage of final workouts for the contenders and a quintet of #QP2013 pieces, written by a talented group of Twitter personalities, each with their own angle.
Teresa Genaro, a freelance turf writer, correspondent for The Blood-Horse and contributor to Forbes.com, spoke with Malcolm Pierce, trainer of race favourite Up With the Birds and stable mate His Race to Win, about his history with owners Sam-Son Farms – five-time winners of the Plate.
Sid Fernando, an internationally known pedigree writer whose work has appeared in Daily Racing Form, Racing Post, Pacemaker and Thoroughbred Daily News, took a closer look at which contenders should be able to traverse 1¼-miles the quickest.
Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer who blogs at EquiSpace and has a weekly racing column in The Buffalo News, sat down with trainer Mark Casse to talk about his FOUR Queen’s Plate hopefuls – – DynamicSky, Spring in the Air, Jagger M and Kaigun.
Pat Cummings, Director of Racing Information for Trakus, penned a piece that analyzes pace dynamics by pouring over data from the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, as well as the Plate Trial.
Ed DeRosa, Director of Marketing for BRISNet, has put together a Pick 4 matrix to help handicappers take down the guaranteed $200K Late Pick 4.
As an added bonus, free Queen’s Plate selections by HorsePlayer Now and BRISNet have been posted on the QueensPlate.Com homepage. And that’s all in addition to Woodbine’s daily handicapping resources.
Happy Plate day!