Monday, June 22, 2009
The 150th Queen's Plate: The Leopard is Spot-on
Summer showed up just in time to help us celebrate the 150th running of the Queen's Plate, held at Woodbine yesterday. The weather was perfect, and there was an impressive crowd on hand. It's been a fun experience, being so closely connected to a Plate horse, even if we didn't get the fairytale ending we were hoping for. Yep, the Giant got it!
It looked like Mr. Foricos Two U was going to win, after leading down the stretch, but the big bay colt got up on the outside to win by a neck. Mr. Foricos Two U held off the filly Milwaukee Appeal for second, and the other filly, Tasty Temptation, was just a jump behind in forth.
Sam-Son Farms is really a giant in Canadian Racing, but it's hard to begrudge them another Plate victory - they are always so gracious and they've been through some really tough times in the last while. So congratulations to the winning Queen's Plate team! They are even based in Milton, Ontario, which technically is where my farm is. Eurico da Silva rode his first Plate winner with this colt, and it wasn't too hard to see how excited he was about that.
For Ziggy, well, now that he's run in the Plate, he can now go break his maiden. ;-) It's still quite an accomplishment to get a horse to the Plate.
I know I said I would be posting yesterday, but that just didn't happen. So today there will be two posts...and rest assured, the second one will have a painting! See you later!