The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. It’s the first race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in Canada and it’s held every year in early July at the Woodbine Racetrack. The race is for 3-year-old Canadian bred thoroughbred horses and is run over a distance of 10 furlongs (the same distance as the Kentucky Derby). This year’s race is set to take place on July 6th and there is a purse of $1,000,000 up for grabs.
Woodbine Entertainment does allow you to place bets at the track, but if you are not able to make it out to the race live you can also bet through any of the recommended betting sites listed below.
***Check out the morning line odds for the 2018 race and a step by step guide to placing your bets HERE.
Where To Bet On the Queen’s Plate
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Each of the betting sites listed here accept bets on the Queen’s Plate both leading up to the race and on race day.
At Bet365 you will find the race under the ‘Horse Racing’ tab in the sidebar of the sportsbook. You will then need to select ‘International’ from the top of the Horse Racing page in order to find the races held at Woodbine. Bet365 uses a sportsbook style layout for taking bets on horses and they don’t have a specific racebook section.
SportsInteraction.com on the other hand does have a racebook that is separate to their sportsbook. You will have to click on ‘Racebook’ in the top navigation bar, followed by ‘Woodbine’ in the Thoroughbred sidebar in order to find the Queen’s Plate race.
The Rich History of the Queen’s Plate
The Queen’s Plate is the longest running horse race in not only Canada, but in North America, having been founded in 1860. The first race was run at Carleton racetrack in Toronto and the prize was a plate worth 50 guineas awarded by Queen Victoria. The prize is now actually a gold cup, but the race has kept the name the Queen’s Plate throughout it’s history.
The race has been held solely at Woodbine Racetrack since 1956, but it would be run at Woodbine on several other occasions as well since 1876.
At the present distance Izvestia currently holds the race record with a time of 2:01.80 back in 1990. Izvestia may hold the record, but the most famous horse to have ever won the Queen’s Plate was Northern Dancer back in 1964. Northern Dancer was a Canadian bred horse that also won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, so it’s fitting that such a famous Canadian horse also made his mark in the Queen’s Plate.
The Queen’s Plate has a very rich history and if everything goes well in the next few years at Woodbine hopefully the future will be just as bright.
Check out the official Queen’s Plate site for up to date information on this year’s Queen’s Plate.