Woodbine News

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Woodbine: Akron Moon gets test of a mile in Ontario Damsel
Daily Racing Form
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Frostad would have preferred the shorter version of the $150,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes for Akron Moon. The turf race for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies was lengthened from 6 1/2 furlongs to a mile in 2010, to make it ...

Post Time: Friday racing notebook
Buffalo News (blog)
We put the 154th Queen's Plate in the books on Sunday, and have a real Canadian Triple Crown threat on our hands with Midnight Aria. The News spoke with trainer Nick Gonzalez on Thursday who told us that he came out of the race great and he's been ...

Northlands: Jockey Welch sustains broken collarbone in spill
Daily Racing Form
... indefinitely after breaking his collarbone when he went down in a spill aboard Boston Rob in the seventh race at Northlands Park on Wednesday evening.

Woodbine notes: Solid Appeal sets sights on Beverly D.
Daily Racing Form
15 and the Canadian International for Oct. 27... Perfect Timber, large in both size and promise, could indeed be a factor in Woodbine's major turf stakes, ...

The Governor General of Canada > The Queen's Plate
The Queen's Plate. July 5, 2013. Their Excellencies to Attend The Queen's Plate as Guests of Honour. OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable ...

Niagara trainer behind Queen's Plate winner
St. Catharines Standard
His horse, Midnight Aria, won the prestigious Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday. "We're very proud of him," Gonzalez said. "It's a long race, a mile and a quarter, he went to the front and stayed there the whole way and that's a very ...

Queen's Plate: Longshot Midnight Aria wins
Toronto Star
The lone pace horse in the field, Midnight Aria, went wire-to-wire in the rain at Woodbine, fending off a late charge from odds-on favourite Up With the Birds to take the 154th running of the Queen's Plate. It was the first Queen's Plate for winning ...

Queen's Plate: The hatted and the hatless square off at Woodbine: Kelly
Toronto Star
The rallying point for the hatted was a small tent behind the staging area where David Dunkley — “official milliner to the Queen's Plate” — had set up shop. The fact that there's an official milliner to anything these days is a pleasant reminder that ...

Woodbine: Gonzalezes revel in second Queen's Plate score
Daily Racing Form
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Winning the Queen's Plate is not a new experience for the ontrack and offtrack partnership of Nick Gonzalez and his wife and assistant, Martha. The Gonzalezes were competing in just their second Queen's Plate here Sunday, having ...

Woodbine: Sam-Son team has tough weekend
Daily Racing Form
Hotep, racing for trainer mark Frostad and Sam-Son, finished a closing second to Big Red Mike, whose jockey was Eurico Rosa da Silva.

Queen's Plate arrives with sense of optimism at Woodbine, for now: Perkins
Toronto Star
Last year's Queen's Plate arrived during the worst moments of uncertainty local horse racing has faced in decades. Next year's might do the same. But this time, as Up With the Birds plays favourite over a couple of nice fillies for the 154th edition of ...

Sam-Son has strong hand in Queen's Plate
Daily Racing Form
Wilderness Song, who died in 2011 at age 23, is the second dam of likely Queen's Plate favorite Up With the Birds, who will seek to give Sam-Son its sixth victory in the race. The Stormy Atlantic colt, who comes into the race off a dominant victory in ...

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies to Attend The Queen's Plate as Guests of ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/05/13 -- Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will attend the 154th running of The Queen's Plate on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 3:35 p.m. The ...

Catching up with Dancethruthedawn: Mare had big shoes to fill for Sam-Son
Daily Racing Form
By the time Dancethruthedawn entered the starting gate for the 2001 Queen's Plate, the bar had been set even higher, as her full brother, Scatter the Gold, had captured the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown a year before. Dancethruthedawn achieved ...

Queen's Plate can be beginning or end - CBC
For some, winning the Queen's Plate is the start of something big. For others, it's the last stop on a good ride, writes Malcolm Kelly.

Queen's Plate to be broadcast live on CBC
Daily Racing Form
ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sunday's Queen's Plate will be aired live in high definition by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in a 90-minute special beginning at 4:30 p.m. local time. The CBC's David Amber will be joined on the telecast by colleague ...

Queen's Plate: Up With the Birds one to beat in field of 12
Daily Racing Form
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Up With the Birds has used his good turn of foot to win four of six starts against some quality opposition, and that kick could propel him to victory in Sunday's 154th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine. A powerful ..

Queen's Plate victory ensures racing royalty
The Province
This Sunday at Woodbine racetrack in Ontario, the oldest horse race in North America's will run for the 154th time. To sporting fans in the United States, the Kentucky Derby is the biggest race of the year. The same can be said about the Queen's Plate ...

Fresh start for the Queen's Plate
Despite the morning rain, it was a much better atmosphere at this year's Queen's Plate post-position ceremony. Last year at this time, the sport was facing uncertainty. And Woodbine, through it's chief executive officer, Nick Eaves, said if help didn't ...

Up With the Birds installed as 2-1 favorite in Queen's Plate
Sam-Son Farms' homebred Up With the Birds, a dominating winner of the May 26 Marine Stakes in his latest, ranks as the 2-1 favorite on the morning line for Sunday's 154th running of the C$1 millionQueen's Plate. The Malcolm Pierce trainee will face 11 ...

Jockey Boulanger back in the saddle at Queen's Plate - CBC
Battling back from a catastrophic fall eight years ago, jockey Gary Boulanger will return to theQueen's Plate after a 12-year absence from Canada's biggest ...

154th Queen's Plate Breaking down the field - CBC
A dozen horses head to the gate Sunday for the 154th running of the $1-million Queen's Plate(CBC, CBCSports.ca, 4:30 p.m. ET) at Woodbine Racetrack in ...

Queen's Plate: Pyrite Mountain is big hope for Sean Hall
Toronto Star
About the time that Queen's Plate contender Pyrite Mountain was born, Sean Hall, the young man who matched up the colt's sire and mare, was already on a rough road to recovery from an injury that would eventually force him to leave thoroughbred racing.