Queen's Plate A Royal TraditionThe Queen’s Plate is the first race in the Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing and it is often considered the Canadian equivalent of the Kentucky Derby.  The Queen’s Plate is run every June at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada and like the Kentucky Derby it is a 10 furlongs race open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds.  The race is run on turf and ever since 1995 the maximum number of starters has been limited to 17 horses due to safety concerns.

The purse is $1,000,000 Canadian, which is double the purse of each of the other Canadian Triple Crown races, the Price of Wales Stakes and Breeders’ Stakes.

Click here to visit the official Queen’s Plate website.

Where To Bet

The best place to bet on the Queen’s Plate horse race and every other horse race run in Canada is at SportsInteraction.com, a reputable online racebook that is dedicated to providing Canadians with the best betting experience available online.  Since leaving the United States market in 2010 Sports Interaction has focused on building its Canadian market share by providing the best online betting experience available for Canadians.  This includes offering easy to use deposit methods targeted at Canadians, providing extra betting options that Canadians will enjoy, such as taking bets on all major Canadian horse races and offering extra lines targeting Canadians.  Overall, Sports Interaction is the best place to bet on Canadian horse races and is the best online sportsbook for Canadians in general.  That being said they also accept bettors from other countries around the world (excluding the United States) and they are still the best spot for international bettors to wager on Canadian horse races.

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If you reside in the United States then the best place to bet on the Queen’s Plate would be at Bovada.lv.

How To Bet

To bet on this race you should first open a Sports Interaction betting account.  Click here to open an account with Sports Interaction now.  Next you should log into your account, click on the ‘Deposit’ button in the top navigation bar and make your first deposit.  It is important to note that Sports Interaction offers a 100% matching bonus up to $125 for all new sign ups referred by us and this bonus is available to use immediately.  For this reason I suggest making a first deposit of at least $125 to take full advantage of the bonus.

You should now be ready to bet.  Click on the ‘Horses’ tab at the Sports Interaction website to head to the racebook.  Here you should select ‘Woodbine’ under the ‘Thoroughbred’ drop down menu.  Find the Queen’s Plate race at Woodbine for the day and place your bets.  You will see all of the straight bets and exotic wagers available under the race information.


The Queen’s Plate was created in 1860 by Queen Victoria, with the first running being held on June 27th, 1860 at Carleton racetrack in Toronto.  .  The race has been held at Woodbine Racetrack since 1956 and prior to this it was held at the old Woodbine track from 1883 to 1955.  The record time for the track is 2:01.80.  This record was set in 1990 by Kinghaven Farms Izvestia.  To learn more about the Queen’s Plate race check out the Wikipedia page.