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FORT ERIE – On a perfect southern Ontario Tuesday evening at picturesque Fort Erie Race Track, Tone Broke avenged his third-place finish in last month’s Queen’s Plate by winning the 84th Prince of Wales Stakes. The plunging sun cast shadows across the manicured dirt surface as Tone Broke and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. donned the purple and gold floral blanket on his way…

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FORT ERIE – The Canadian Triple Crown drought has reached 15 years. On Fort Erie Race Track’s signature night, Queen's Plate winner One Bad Boy will look to take the next step toward the elusive Crown last won in 2003 by Wando as the 7-5 favorite in the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes. All five horses in the small but competitive field that will enter the gate Tuesda…

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The summer racing season is underway with a big closing weekend at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course opening Thursday and Del Mar opening July 17. The big summer races will have a big say in determining many divisional championships. Prince of Wales Our area’s signature race, the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, will be run at Fort Erie Race Track on July 23. The second…

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – This time Flavien Prat didn’t need a disqualification to win the first leg of a Triple Crown race. Prat who rode Country House in the Kentucky Derby, and was placed first after the disqualification of Maximum Security, captured the 160th Queen’s Plate aboard One Bad Boy. The win was historic as Prat became the first jockey since 1998 to win the Kent…

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. — Thoroughbred trainer Mark Casse has had quite the spring and he hopes a Skywire act will keep his momentum going. After pulling off a classic double in the U.S. Triple Crown with wins in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, he’ll look to add Saturday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate to his trophy mantle. The 160th running of Canada’s Most Famous Race at 1 1/…

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We didn’t get a new member for the Triple Crown club, but the three races delivered water-cooler level excitement in the first half of the racing season. The second half of the year will climax with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2, in a wide-open year in which no 3-year-old has emerged, and the older division of horses is still a puzzle. The Haskell, Jim …

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – The post position draw for the 160th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate was completed this morning at Woodbine Racetrack in suburban Toronto. The draw for the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America took place in the Trackside Clubhouse with track announcer Robert Geller presiding. A field of 14 will tackle the mile-and-a-quarter race…

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The Queen’s Plate will be the next big thing in Canada after a terrific run by the city’s NBA team culminating in the first Toronto world championship since 1993. Trying to capitalize off of the high of that win, the country will turn to Woodbine for the 160th running of the Queen’s Plate. The race run at 1 1/4-miles is restricted to Canadian-bred 3-year-olds. The Pl…

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That’s a wrap for the 2019 Triple Crown series. At least it wasn’t boring. From the nearly 22-minute delay at the Derby to the jockey-less joy ride by Bodexpress at the Preakness to an upset in the Belmont, this year’s series had folks talking about racing for more than three days. People were watching, too, especially in Buffalo. Buffalo hits the board at No. …

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ELMONT – Sir Winston Churchill was one to preach that in life you should never give up. Mark Casse, the affable trainer who has always embodied that mantra, was rewarded Saturday evening with his second straight classic victory in the 151st running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Sir Winston, a 3-year-old chestnut son of Awesome Again, took advantage of a masterf…

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ELMONT – As the American Triple Crown series comes to conclusion this weekend on Long Island, the Canadian Triple Crown will start to heat up north of the border. The $125,000 Plate Trial and the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks will be run at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday afternoon, both major prep races for the $1 million Queen’s Plate on June 29. The Plate Trial attracted …

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Happy holidays racing fanatics, it's that time of year where we dance around the Festivus Pole and discuss Thoroughbred Racing’s Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances. Whether it’s time to gather round the table and enjoy a wonderful Festivus meal and a few Festivus ales we're ready to unveil the 2018 Racing Festivus for the rest of us... “Feats of Strength”  …

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FORT ERIE – His first-ever race at the Fort didn’t work out so well for Hall-of-Famer John Velazquez. Two years ago he rode Battery for Todd Pletcher to a fifth-place finish, and he admitted to having “no horse” while walking back to the Fort Erie jocks room. He returns on Tuesday evening to ride the favorite, Wonder Gadot (7-5), in Fort Erie Race Track’s signature race…

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The summer racing season takes off next week with Del Mar opening Wednesday and Saratoga a week from today. The racing season is flying past us after the exhilarating spring that gave us racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner. In addition to those two major summer meets, a week from this coming Tuesday, our area’s signature race, the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, will be …

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – The fourth filly in the last eight years captured Canada’s Most Famous Race, when Wonder Gadot lassoed the 159th Queen’s Plate on a scorching afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. The winning filly is named for actress Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman in the 2017 superhero film. She is owned by Gary Barber, the chairman and CEO of MGM Studios. After lo…