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Queen’s Plate 2020 Picks
The 161st Queen’s Plate will be run on September 12. It is a $1 million race for three-year-olds and showcases the best horses in Canada.
Delayed from June, the 2020 Queen’s Plate is finally at hand on September 12. The 1 1/4 mile contest is worth $1 million to three-year-old Canadian-bred horses. A field of 16 is expected, with official posts and morning line odds to be drawn on September 9. Keep reading to find out the best Queen’s Plate 2020 picks.
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Queen’s Plate Best Bets
- $50 to win on Curlin’s Voyage
- $5 to Place and Show on Dotted Line and Merveilleux
- $1 Exacta Box Curlin’s Voyage, Dotted Line, and Merveilleux
- $1 Trifecta Box Curlin’s Voyage, Halo Again, Dotted Line, and Merveilleux
- $1 Superfecta Curlin’s Voyage, Clayton, Dotted Line, Merveilleux, and Halo Again
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Queen’s Plate Trainers
Trainer Roger Attfield is the winningest Queen’s Plate trainer still active, but he does not have a runner in the 2020 Queen’s Plate. Several trainers are trying to win for the first time in a while, including Michael Depaulo and Josie Carroll, while major trainers such as Kevin Attard, Sid Attard, and Catherine Day Phillips are trying to win the race for the very first time. This is not a race where you have to worry about the trainer having enough experience. Any of them are likely to get a winner if the horse is right.
Queen’s Plate History
The Queen’s Plate is the oldest continually run horse race in North America, even older than the Kentucky Derby. It is known as the King’s Plate when the reigning monarch of England is a male, but under Queen Elizabeth II it is the Queen’s Plate.
Historically, the race was run in heats and restricted to horses who had never won a stakes race. Now it is for the very best horses bred and foaled in Canada. The Queen’s Plate, which is run on a synthetic surface, is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, with the other races in the Triple being the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie on a dirt track, and the Breeders’ Stakes back at Woodbine but on the turf.
The only horse to win both the Queen’s Plate and Kentucky Derby is Northern Dancer, who went on to be in the pedigree of nearly every horse in training today. It is very difficult to find a horse that has not been influenced by Northern Dancer in some way, especially in North America.
The Queen’s Plate is often won by fillies, such as Wonder Gadot in 2018, Holy Helena in 2017, Lexie Lou in 2014, and Inglorious in 2011.
Four jockeys share the title of most Queen’s Plate wins with four apiece, but none of them are active: Avelino Gomez, Sandy Hawley, and Robin Platts.
Queen’s Plate Handicapping
The 2020 Queen’s Plate runs through the filly Curlin’s Voyage. A champion as a two-year-old, she came back to impressively win the Woodbine Oaks in August. She has earned over $660,000 on the track and has five wins in nine starts. Josie Carroll trains the daughter of Curlin, who is two for three so far this year. In her lone loss, she missed by 1 3/4 lengths with a rail trip.
Dotted Line, by Signature Red, is three for eight on the track, with five top-three efforts. Sid Attard trains and this is a rare horse in this field that has graded stakes experience. He won three in a row in 2019, including a pair of major stakes races for juveniles.
Halo Again won the biggest race of the winter, the Coronation Futurity. The son of Speightstown cost $600,000 as a yearling and is trained by Steve Asmussen, who won two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown last year. Halo Again won the Queenston to kick off 2020 and then ran second in the Plate Trial behind Clayton.
Clayton has won three of his four starts. He was very impressive in his debut, scoring by over seven lengths despite being blocked early. He was second in his only loss, and that was off a seven-month layoff. He clearly needed the race. Kevin Attard trains.
Longshot Golden Wave broke his maiden here in June for Michael Depaulo. He made his first two starts in Florida at Gulfstream Park, and ultimately ran second behind Halo Again in the Queenston in July. Last out he was fifth in an allowance race amongst similar company, but the son of Atreides is better than that showed.
Queen’s Plate Undercard
The Queen’s Plate tops a star-studded week of racing at Woodbine. On the Queen’s Plate undercard, there are two other major stakes races, the $250,000 Bison City for three-year-old fillies, and the $250,000 Canadian (G2) for fillies and mares on the grass.
One week later there are six more stakes races, the $1 million Woodbine Mile (G1), the $250,000 Natalma (G1) and Summer Stakes (G1), the $135,000 Woodbine Cares Stakes, the $135,000 Ontario Racing Stakes, and the $125,000 Singspiel (G3). Several of these races are major Breeders’ Cup preps.
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