Woodbine's 2017 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, featuring the $1 million Queen's Plate, was released March 3 by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG).
After a break that followed starts in all three Canadian Triple Crown races, Queen's Plate Stakes winner Sir Dudley Digges is scheduled to make his racing return Nov. 12 in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Ivan Dalos' Amis Gizmo avenged a half-length loss in the Queen's Plate, first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, with a powerful victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 26 at Fort Erie Race Track.
Revisit the Queen's Plate trip of Sir Dudley Digges.
Woodbine reported its July 3 Queen's Plate program produced pari-mutuel wagering records and the second-highest attendance in the 157-year history of the race.
After a third-place run in the Plate Trial June 12, an extra furlong seemed to suit Sir Dudley Digges July 3 in the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine.
Ivan Dalos' homebred Gamble's Ghost, the tough-luck second-place finisher last time out in the Woodbine Oaks June 12, will take on males for the first time in her career as the only filly in the field for the $1 million Queen's Plate July 3.
Shakhimat, the winter book favorite for the Queen’s Plate for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, tops the six-horse field for the July 12 $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes at 1 1/8 miles over the Tapeta all-weather track at Woodbine Racetrack.
The 2016 live Thoroughbred racing season kicks off April 9 at Woodbine, with the first two of 133 programs scheduled for the meet.
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Melmich left no doubt Nov. 29 at Woodbine, smashing the course record for 1 3/4 miles by nearly two seconds in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III).
The Nov. 29 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) for older horses at 1 3/4 miles at Woodbine, features eight runners including Melmich and the retiring champion Pender Harbour.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Nov. 25 said Woodbine's 2016 Thoroughbred racing calendar would offer 133 dates pending regulatory approval.
On Nov. 29, with a final run in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III), Pender Harbour's reign as one of the top Ontario-sired horses of all time will come to an end.
Queen's Plate runner-up Danish Dynaformer takes on Prince of Wales winner Breaking Lucky in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes for Canadian-breds Aug. 16 at Woodbine. The 12-furlong race is the third leg of Canada's Triple Crown.
Live Oak Plantation's Florida Won returned to his winning form with a fast-closing victory in the $150,000 Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 2 at Woodbine.
There will be no bid for a Canadian Triple Crown this year as Breaking Lucky came from last and pulled a 13-1 upset in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 28 at Fort Erie, denying Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost by a neck.
Red Rifle secured his first stakes victory of the 2015 season when he rallied on the outside to win the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) Wednesday, July 1 at Woodbine.
Trainer Mark Casse, a seven-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top conditioner, will try for a second consecutive Queen's Plate win July 5.
Trainer Josie Carroll will seek a third victory in Canada's most famous race when saddling Ivan Dalos' homebred Ami's Flatter in the $1 million Queen's Plate July 5 at Woodbine.
Saddling three of the seven expected starters, trainer Mark Casse will try to grab a third straight victory in the Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) on Wednesday, July 1 at Woodbine.
Danish Dynaformer closed gamely to win the $150,000 Plate Trial by three-quarters of a length June 14 at Woodbine, but the Queen's Plate prep race was marred by the fatal breakdown of Danzig Moon.
Black Hornet opened a clear lead early in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) May 17 at Woodbine and outlasted rivals for the gelding's first graded score.
Woodbine homebody Calgary Cat will look to win his third stakes in a row at the Canadian track in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) May 17.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Colio Estate Winery have announced a three-year partnership which includes the southern Ontario winemaker offering a red carpet experience for the Queen's Plate.
Woodbine Entertainment released a 2015 Thoroughbred stakes schedule consisting of 102 stakes worth more than $20 million in purses for the 133-day meet.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bowman's Causeway||Roger L. Attfield||
|Check Your Soul||Roger L. Attfield||
|Curgone||Gregory de Gannes||
|Enduring Star||Guadalupe Preciado||
|Head Honcho||Catherine Day Phillips||
|Hippolytus||Mark E. Casse||
|Imhotep||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Maple Leaf Kitten||Joe Woodard||
|Oh Canada||Robert P. Tiller||
|Ojibway Signal||David R. Bell||
|One Big Gator||John A. Ross||
|Pender Harbour||Michael P. De Paulo||
|Queen'splatekitten||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Strike Oil||Mark E. Casse||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|New Orleans Ladies Overnight S.||FG|
|Crescent City Oaks||FG|
|Crescent City Derby||FG|
|New Orleans H. (G2)||FG|