Woodbine: Queen's Plate now is called King's Plate

Woodbine: Queen's Plate now is called King's Plate
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The Queen’s Plate, North America’s longest continuously run stakes race, once again will be known as the King’s Plate.

This next chapter of Canada’s premier Thoroughbred horse race, which will take place on Aug. 20, follows the September accession of King Charles III.

The 2023 edition will mark the 164th running of the stakes race, which has a purse of about US$733,000. Named in honor of the reigning British monarch, the Plate is the first of leg of the Canadian Triple Crown and is followed by the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie and the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine.

The story of The Queen’s Plate began in 1859 when the president of the Toronto Turf Club, Sir Casimir Gzowski, petitioned for an annual horse racing prize awarded by Queen Victoria to Canadian-bred horses. The prize from the British monarchy, which continues to this day, is the value of 50 guineas, a defunct British gold coin no longer minted.

After the succession of King Edward VII in 1901, the event changed its name to The King’s Plate and remained so during the reign of George V, Edward VIII and George VI. It returned to The Queen’s Plate for Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, the moniker it held for the last 70 years.

The King’s Plate is scheduled to run on the Tapeta track at 1 1/4 miles. Entry conditions for the 2023 King’s Plate are unchanged, and the race remains open to all 3-year-old Thoroughbred horses foaled in Canada.??

The 163rd Queen’s Plate in 2022 was a sold-out event that attracted an estimated 15,000 spectators and hundreds of thousands of viewers. Moira, the winning Thoroughbred, set a Plate record time of 2:01.48 in one of the most exciting finishes in race history.

Woodbine Entertainment also plans to celebrate and honor the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2023 for her contributions and support of the event and Thoroughbred horse racing in Canada for the last 70 years.

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