On Sunday, July 7, Woodine Racetrack was the center of the horse racing universe, as a field of 12 colts and fillies vied for the prestigious Queen’s Plate. DanonymousRacing.com traveled to Toronto to cover the race. Here’s a look at some of the horses, people and moments we captured at Queen’s Plate 2013.
The main entrance to Woodbine Racetrack before the races on Saturday.
Emma-Jayne Wilson, the first and only woman to ever win a Queen’s Plate, works Silent Admirer for Reade Baker
Jockey, Omar Moreno, on the Woodbine backstretch
Kinghaven Farms graded stakes winner, Fifty Proof. The 7-year-old gelding ran on Sunday in the G3 Singspiel
Trainer, Michael Matz, with 4-year-old filly, Hard Not to Like. She raced Sunday in the G2 Dance Smartly.
Outside the barn of eight time Queen’s Plate winning trainer, Roger Attfield
Attfield trainee, Are You Kidding Me
Forte Dei Marmi. Another Attfield trainee, before winning the G2 Singspiel on Sunday
In the booth for a live race call with veteran Woodbine track announcer, Dan Loiselle
Mark Frostad trainee, Yellow Boat, before running in the Sweet Briar Too, on Saturday
Another shot of Yellow Boat, getting love in the barn
Trainer, Malcolm Pierce, during an interview on Saturday. He ran two horses in the Queen’s Plate, including runner-up, Up With the Birds
Just outside of Up With the Birds’ stall
Queen’s Plate favorite, Up With the Birds. Trained by Pierce, he was ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva
Another Pierce trainee, His Race to Win also represent Sam-Son Farms in the Queen Plate. He was ridden by New York based jockey, John Velazquez
Queen’s Plate entry, Pyrite Mountain. Trained by Frostad, he was ridden by Luis Contreras
One of the longest shots in the Queen’s Plate field, County Lineman.
The founder, writer and handicapper of DanonymousRacing.com, at work in the press box at Woodbine on the morning of Queen’s Plate
The pageantry of Queen’s Plate Day, “Hats & Horseshoes” at the walking ring
Families having fun near the walking ring with the outrider and his horse, “Clyde”
Onlookers size up the contenders before the fourth race on Sunday
Our friend, Bruce Baudoux, taking in the action on Queen’s Plate Day
The horses passing the finish line for the first time at the start of Sunday’s seventh race
The skies opening and soaking the track
The break of the mile and a half Singspiel Stakes, which was won easily by Forte Dei Marmi (Joel Rosario aboard)
The official “Queen’s Plate Drink” (right) and a commemorative glass
VIP’s study their programs in the Turf Club
Kentucky-based rider, Shaun Bridgmohan, at Woodbine to ride Jagger M in the Queen’s Plate
Race favorite, Up With the Birds, with Eurico Rosa da Silva aboard. He would make a late charge to finish second, just a neck behind Midnight Aria
Fan favorite, Nipissing, before the Queen’s Plate
Jockey, Luis Contreras, who won five races on the Queen’s Plate card, mounts his horse for the big race, Pyrite Mountain
Eventual Queen’s Plate winner, Midnight Aria, in the walking ring before the race
Winning trainer, Nick Gonzalez, who captured his second Queen’s Plate on Sunday
Winning jockey, Jesse Campbell, speaking to the media after capturing his first Queen’s Plate. Campbell was brought to tears describing his emotions: “I’ve been working 18 years for this. I’m fourth generation and this is for my family.”
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