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Queen’s Plate in Pictures, A Photographic Diary from Woodbine

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.

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

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

Jockey, Omar Moreno, on the Woodbine backstretch

Kinghaven Farms graded stakes winner, Fifty Proof. The 7-year-old gelding runs on Sunday in the G3 Singspiel

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 races Sunday in the G2 Dance Smartly.

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

Outside the barn of eight time Queen’s Plate winning trainer, Roger Attfield

Attfield trainee, Are You Kidding Me

Attfield trainee, Are You Kidding Me

Forte Dei Marmi. Another Attfield trainee, he runs in the G2 Singspiel on Sunday

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

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

Mark Frostad trainee, Yellow Boat, before running in the Sweet Briar Too, on Saturday

Another shot of Yellow Boat, getting loved on in the barn

Another shot of Yellow Boat, getting love in the barn

Trainer, Malcolm Pierce, during an interview on Saturday. He's set to run two horses in the Queen's Plate, including morning line favorite, Up With the Birds

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

Just outside of Up With the Birds’ stall

Queen's Plate favorite, Up With the Birds. Trained by Pierce, he'll be ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva

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 will also represent Sam-Son Farms in the Queen Plate. He'll be ridden by John Velazquez

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 hopeful, Pyrite Mountain. Trained by Frostad, he'll be ridden by Luis Contreras

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. Also trained by Frostad, he'll be ridden by Alex Solis

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 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

The pageantry of Queen’s Plate Day, “Hats & Horseshoes” at the walking ring

Families had fun near the walking ring with the outrider and his horse, "Clyde"

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

Onlookers size up the contenders before the fourth race on Sunday

Our friend, Bruce Baudoux, taking in the action on Plate Day

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 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 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 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

The official “Queen’s Plate Drink” (right) and a commemorative glass

VIP's study their programs in the Turf Club

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

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, beaten by Midnight Aria by a neck

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

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

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

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 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."

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.”

All photos taken by DanonymousRacing.com. All rights reserved.


4 Comments

  1. That photo of Fifty Proof is the best!

  2. Hannah Karolak

    Hey ! Great photos, it was a busy day for you clearly. I was actually just wondering if you wouldn’t mind sending me the cellphone video you took of up with the birds interacting with Malcolm pierce in his stall. I didn’t bring my camera over in time and just wanted it just in case. Will give you credit of course. Great to meet you! See tomorrow trackside :-)

  3. Terrry Kirichenko

    great job and commentary never seen Bk look so good-almost as nice as the horses ! keep goin Dman think ufound a niche!

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