News that Queen’s Plate will run on this Date

North America’s oldest continuously run horse race [the Queen’s Plate] was originally scheduled to take place on June 27 but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The history of The Queen’s Plate is so rich and the fact that it’s been held every year since the inaugural race in 1860 is remarkable,” said Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson. “We are honoured to be able to continue this rich history in face of adversity by hosting the race for the 161st consecutive year.”

Trainer Frostad works pair for Sunday’s Queen’s Plate

Trainer Mark Frostad, who has won the Queen’s Plate on four occasions, worked his two hopefuls for this year’s ‘Gallop for the Guineas’ Saturday morning at Woodbine.

Pyrite Mountain, winner of the Wando and Kingarvie Stakes, and stablemate County Lineman breezed six furlongs in tandem over the Polytrack in 1:12.20.

“We wanted to go three-quarters today,” said Frostad. “They galloped out very well in (1):26 (for seven furlongs) and a mile in 1:40. It was a very good work.”

Luis Contreras, who won the 2011 Queen’s Plate aboard Inglorious, will pilot Pyrite Mountain in the $1 million classic for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds, on July 7, while Alex Solis, who was aboard Frostad trainee Irish Mission for wins in last year’s Woodbine Oaks and Breeders’ Stakes, along with a runner-up finish to Strait of Dover in the Plate, has been named on County Lineman.

Pyrite Mountain, owned by Awesome Again Racing, enters the Plate off a closing fourth place finish to Dynamic Sky in the Plate Trial on June 9 as the mild favourite.

“I thought he ran a great race,” said Frostad. “The first quarter was a good solid quarter, then they slowed it down in the next two quarters. They went in 50 and change. That didn’t help him. It gave him a lot to do, but he was getting there late and he galloped out very strongly. It’s tough to close into a pace like that.”

On the other hand, County Lineman, a two-time winner in six outings for Ginger Punch Racing, will be making his stakes debut in the Plate and enters off a third place finish in an allowance race.

“He might surprise a few people,” continued Frostad. “He’s a different type than the other one (Pyrite Mountain). He’s very active. He gets revved up pretty easily, but he’s been getting better and I think he’ll give a good account of himself.”

Frostad’s four Plate wins came with Victor Cooley (1996), Scatter The Gold (2000), Dancethruthedawn (2001) and Eye of the Leopard (2009).

The Queen’s Plate, set for its 154th consecutive edition on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Woodbine, will be aired live in HD on CBC from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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