Two Strategies for Betting Fillies in the Queen’s Plate Stakes – America’s Best Racing
One week after an exciting renewal of the Kentucky Derby, bettors will be treated to a race of a similar sort when 14 of the best Canadian-bred 3-year-olds vie for victory in Saturday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine.
The historic race takes place over the same 1 1/4-mile distance as the “Run for the Roses,” but it’s actually an older event than the Derby, dating back to 1860. The Queen’s Plate has been contested every year without a miss and will celebrate its 161st renewal in 2020, though the upcoming edition has been postponed from its original June 27 date due to COVID-19.
Held over the synthetic Tapeta track at Woodbine, the Queen’s Plate has been a productive race for fillies. Whereas only three fillies have managed to win the Kentucky Derby, 37 have claimed top honors in the Queen’s Plate, including four in the last decade – Inglorious (2011), Lexie Lou (2014), Holy Helena (2017), and Wonder Gadot (2018).
Two fillies have been entered in the 2020 Queen’s Plate, including the talented #10 Curlin’s Voyage, who appears to have victory within her reach. A consistent daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, the chestnut sophomore has cracked the top three in eight of her nine starts for hot trainer Josie Carroll.
Curlin’s Voyage showed significant talent as a 2-year-old, winning the 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes via disqualification and the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Lassie in outright fashion. In the latter