Saturday, July 10, 2010

Photo Essay: Big Red Mike's Royal Romp to the Queen's Plate

Welcome back good readers! After a hard pressed two week run up to the Queen's Plate through post position draws, barbecues and contender profiles, I took a one-week freshening to sit back and reflect on one of the most exciting races of the season.

Chantal Sutherland and Smart Sky in the Queen's Plate post parade - bid now on the autogrpahed saddle cloth!

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What follows is a photo essay of Queen's Plate Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack featuring photos from the Highlander, Singspiel, and Queen's Plate. (As always, please double left click the photo to enlarge the photo and then use your "Back" button to return to the blog post. Enjoy!)

An exciting Woodbine card featured three stakes events with the Highlander batting leadoff as seven horses including 2008 Queen's Plate champ Not Bourbon in the mix. Taking on the Roger Attfeld champ on this day were turf stalwarts Jungle Wave, Field Commission, Heros Reward and the improving Signature Red who looked incredible in the walking ring.

G2 winner Jungle Wave is always swinging through the trees at the finish

G2 winner Field Commission circles the walking ring

Heros Reward was searching for his third Woodbine win

Not Bourbon drinks in the atmosphere

Chantal waves to the crowd aboard the stunning Signature Red

Signature Red surges to the lead

and there's no catching Signature Red as the Bernstein colt takes the Highlander!

Signature Red all awash in glory

The Singspiel Stakes featured a full field of turfers in a mile and a half marathon on the E.P Taylor turf course. Trainer Roger Attfield had a formidable pair in Spice Route and Perfect Shower but Solitaire and Cool Gator had plans to make a race of it. Jockey Mike Smith would get the call on favoured Spice Route. While the Singspiel field circled the walking ring, photographers clamored on the front side of the Woodbine track as the Queen arrived with much fanfare.

Here comes the Queen

The Queen is in the starting gate

All eyes on Her Royal Highness

And they're off in the Singspiel!

Mike Smith found the right (Spice) route to the finish line

No sweat! Spice Route wins the Singspiel with ease

The connections celebrate winning the Singspiel

With the Highlander and Singspiel out of the way the all attention turned to the 2010 Queen's Plate which featured a field of thirteen Canadian-breds attempting to win at ten furlongs for the first time. Plate Trial winner Big Red Mike would be entrusted with the lead but would have a trio of Sam-Son Farms runners to contend with before trying to turn back the late charge of filly Roan Inish and the battling Mobthewarrior.

D's Wando looking wonderful in the walking ring

Her Royal Highness strolls the Woodbine walking ring to meet the contenders and their connections

Even jockey Corey Fraser wanted a closer look at Her Royal Highness

Mobilizer would be one of the favourites and looked the part

Hunch bettors were all over the Ghost Fleet exactor keyed over Who We Gunna Call

Who We Gunna Call ain't afraid of no Ghost (Fleet)

Trainer Carolyn Costigan bends for a better look at the resplendent Roan Inish

But whatever Costigan spotted, the conditioner and her filly are seeing eye to eye on now

Dark Cloud Dancer and a focused Javier Castellano in the post parade

Maiden Vicar Street was hoping to speed to a stunning first victory

Giant's Tomb and Mike Smith plan to make a late run for glory

Patrick Husbands and Hotep would pressure Big Red Mike for ten tumultuous furlongs

Frisky filly Roan Inish and jockey Davy Moran would be in the mix late

Gerry Olguin tries his hand at the royal wave aboard Who We Gunna Call

Emile Ramsammy and Mobthewarrior prepare for battle

Moment of Majesty hoped to overcome post thirteen for a moment with Her Majesty

Big Red Mike leads the Queen's Plate field into the first turn

Big Red Mike is running his eyeballs out!

The field tries in vain to catch up to Big Red Mike

But Eurico Rosa da Silva knows there's no catching him!

Big Red Mike cools off after burning up the Woodbine poly

Big Red Mike puts in a big effort to win the Queen's Plate

The Queen presents her trophy to Terra Racing Stable

We're a happy family!

Eurico plants a kiss on the Queen's Plate trophy...

...but saved a hug for track announcer Dan Loiselle!

Congratulations to the Romeo family, Nick and Martha Gonzalez and the folks in Barn 25, jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva and the gutsy gelding Big Red Mike on a memorable Queen's Plate win!

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As always, you can keep track of the latest goings on in the world of horse racing by clicking into my Woodbine News page. It's back to regularly schedule programming for TripleDeadHeat after a short layoff so expect fresh posts throughout the week.

1 comment:

railrunner said...

Beautiful pictures, it's nice to have more visuals of Canadian racing!