Woodbine Entertainment has been paving the way for this heated summer action for many months now and the Canadian Triple Crown is already in full swing. The first event of this three-legged racing bonanza took place recently and The Queen’s Plate went down in history.
One Bad Boy managed to demolish all rivals on its way to the first place and the cash prize reaching CA$1 million. Every summer for the past nearly 160 years has been an exciting one for Canadians, as the Queen’s Plate brings live race, thrill, and a generous payout for the horse who manages to make it all the way to the top.
This is the longest running live race in North America and as such it enjoys the popularity of monumental magnitude. This year marked its 160th running and projections were that even more people than usual would follow it closely.
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One Bad Boy emerged victoriously at the end of this live race, as it succeeded in outrunning its rivals during the live race. Flavian Prat was the jockey on its back guiding it on its way to success. It all took place at the 1 ¼ mile synthetic Tapeta track at Woodbine Racetrack, which was able to welcome all enthusiasts ready to be live spectators.
This was the first race for the winner outside California and it left a memorable mark in everyone’s books. All horses on the synthetic turf were three-year-old Thoroughbred ones ready to show their best performance in all three live races this summer. One Bad Boy was the leading figure early on in the race and gave all spectators a run for their money. This is what eventually led both the horse and its jockey to the CA$1-million prize.
The winner was able to cover the entire course in 2:02.98 while outrunning all 13 remaining rivals for the Queen’s Plate. This meant that Mr. Prat is now a winner of both the Canadian prestigious Queen’s Plate and the renowned Kentucky Derby, a feat that has not been achieved since 1998.
One Bad Boy Emerges Victorious
Now One Bad Boy and Mr. Prat have the unique opportunity to make it to even larger cash payouts and bonuses for performance down the road. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation made it clear that it is ready to boost the live races with its sponsorship and an additional windfall of CA$500,000. The horse that manages to win all three of the live races in the Canadian Triple Crown would bag this bonus.
July 23 is going to welcome the second live event called CA$400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes race that would transform the Fort Erie Racetrack with its premium racing experience. A 1 3/16-mile natural-dirt track is about to welcome all enthusiasts ready to add one more title to their racing history. As for the last of the three races, the CA$400,000 Breeder’s Stakes is going to attract all enthusiasts back to Woodbine Racetrack on August 17.