Woodbine's Queen’s Plate postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Apr 2 2020, 7:18 am

The Queen’s Plate is being postponed due to COVID-19.

According to Woodbine Entertainment, the 161st event was originally scheduled for June 27, and while a new date hasn’t been set, they intend to host the Queen’s Plate this year.

“The Queen’s Plate is the oldest continuously run race in North America and we have every intention of keeping it that way,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment.

“Once we postponed the start of our season, it likely meant that The Queen’s Plate would also be postponed as certain races are required leading up to it so the three-year-old horses competing are ready for the longer distance.”

On March 23, Woodbine Entertainment announced that it was postponing the start of the 2020 Thoroughbred meet, which was scheduled to open on April 18.

They said the decision was made to follow the Ontario government’s orders to close all non-essential businesses to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“Due to the postponement of the start of the season, a new stakes schedule is required and will be announced at the appropriate time,” said the company.

As for the new date for the Queen’s Plate, they say it will be subject to recommendations and restrictions from government and health officials.

“As soon as we receive clarity on when the season will start, we will create a new stakes schedule and finalize a new date for The Queen’s Plate,” said Lawson.