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Jockey Luis Contreras celebrates after winning the Queen's Plate aboard Inglorious.
On Sunday June 25, a maximum field of 17 Canadian-foaled 3-year-olds raced 1 1/4 miles over the Polytrack at Woodbine in the 152nd running of the $1 million Queen's Plate Stakes, the oldest continuously-run stakes race in North America and the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Fans and participants enjoyed ideal racing conditions, partly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70's. As expected, Plate Trial Stakes winner Check Your Soul was sent off as the 9-5 favorite, looking to give trainer Roger Attfield a record 9th Plate victory. In to challenge the Charles Fipke homebred include 4-1 second choice Queen'splatekitten, winner of the Marine Stakes last out for trainer Todd Pletcher after finishing 7th in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1), and 9-2 third choice Inglorious, the only filly in the race coming off consecutive victories in the La Lorgnette Stakes and the Woodbine Oaks.
Down the stretch with Inglorious catching Hippolytus.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 9 Inglorious Contreras 11.00 6.40 4.70 15 Hippolytus Pizarro 41.30 22.20 5 Pender Harbour Sutherland 8.70 Winning Time: 2:02.63 $2 Exacta 9-15 415.20 $2 Trifecta 9-15-5 5,554.50 $1 Superfecta 9-15-5-16 22,375.35
Left: Inglorious in the winner's circle with owners Vern and Donna Dubinsky on the left. Vern Dubinsky said, "It's amazing, isn't it? I'm thrilled to death, I still can't believe it. Just before the finish line (I thought we were going to win). This is a dream and I still don't believe it yet. Everyone in the barn deserves a great deal of credit. We have a fantastic trainer in Josie, our jockey is unbelievable, just a fantastic team. I have no idea (if she will enter the Prince of Wales Stakes), we'll have fun tonight and think about it tomorrow."
Right: The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presents the trophy to the connections of Queen's Plate winner Inglorious.
Left: Owners Vern and Donna Dubinsky and trainer Josie Carroll lead Inglorious while jockey Luis Contreras celebrates. Her trainer Josie Carroll, celebrating her 2nd Plate victory as the only female trainer to have won, said, "It feels overwhelming. I thought we had a shot when we got on Check Your Soul's back, then halfway down the lane I thought we had a big shot. I was nervous but confident she would run her race. If she was good enough she would win. You can't compare (Inglorious and 2006 winner Edenwold), they're both wonderful in their own way. It's very special but you never forget your first, either."
Right: Inglorious returns after the race.
Left: Inglorious in the post parade. Her jockey Luis Contreras, winning his first Plate in his first start, said, "This is great, she's amazing. This means a lot. Before the race I had butterflies in my stomach and after it I screamed like I've never screamed before. I wasn't in a hurry at the start. I was watching the film before the race and it worked out that I followed the favorite and it worked out. She gave me everything. That's the main thing about her, she likes to win. Simply unbelievable."
Right: Inglorious gets saddled before the race.
Left: Second place finisher Hippolytus returns after the race. His jockey Tyler Pizarro said, "I'm over the moon. He ran a great race and gave it everything he had down the lane. I wasn't to be forwardly placed and we did everything we could to get there. I'm just thrilled we fought the good fight today."
Right: Third place finisher Pender Harbour in the post parade. His jockey Chantal Sutherland said, "I'm really proud of how he ran today. He's still learning and he's still figuring things out. But I know he's a good horse and he'll get better as we go along."
Left: Seventh place finisher and beaten favorite Check Your Soul returns after the race. His jockey Patrick Husbands said, "I couldn't have asked for a better trip. It was perfect in every way. But 4 furlongs out he spit the bit on me. I tried to see if he had anything left, but he was done at the 3/8 pole. The trip was great but we didn't have it today."
Right: The jockeys for the Queen's Plate pose for a "class photo" before the race.
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