The 161st running of The Queen’s Plate generates third highest handle in its history

September 13, 2020

TORONTO, September 13, 2020 – Mighty Heart’s dominate performance in the 161st running of The Queen’s Plate highlighted a day of racing that produced the third highest wagering handle in its storied history.

The 13-race card generated a total of $14,532,678, including $3,494,496 on The Queen’s Plate race that saw one-eyed Mighty Heart live up to his name, defeating his 13 rivals after going off at 13-1.

“While this year’s Queen’s Plate might be remembered for not having fans in the stands, I would much rather it be remembered for the collective efforts of so many people that allowed this race to be run and its storied history continued to be written,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “On behalf of Woodbine, a sincere thank you to our staff, partners and the entire horse racing community for everything they did make this day possible. Over the past several months we have certainly proved that we are stronger together and this historic handle is surely representative of that.”

Jockey Daisuke Fukumoto celebrates winning the 161st running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate aboard Mighty Heart for trainer Josie Carroll and owner Lawrence Cordes on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

Other highlights on the day included impressive performances by Bison City Stakes winner Mizzen Beau at odds of 8-1 and Grade 2 Canadian Stakes champion Rideforthecause in a 22-1 upset.

Wagering wrapped up on this year’s Plate program with a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout in the 13th race finale. The Jackpot Hi-5 pool included a carryover of $211,780.52, with $773,571 in new money wagered. With 4-1 favourite Guestimation holding off 9-2 second choice Giant Critic in a win photo and leading a 6-4-13-12-11 top five finish order, winning horseplayers received a return of $10,080.19 for a 20-cent ticket.

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