Queen's Plate jockey Gerry Olguin setting up hot dog cart

Gerry Olguin guides Queen's Plate contender Niigon Express through his final prep on July 3 at...

Gerry Olguin guides Queen's Plate contender Niigon Express through his final prep on July 3 at Woodbine. (Michael Burns/photo)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

If Gerry Olguin happens to win the 155th running of the Queen’s Plate on Sunday, the Woodbine jockey will celebrate in somewhat unorthodox fashion.

Instead of a bottle of champagne or a Cuban cigar, Olguin will treat himself to a hot dog. That’s right. A hot dog. And why not? On the west side of Woodbine on Queen’s Plate Day — in a public/fan area called Hats&Horseshoes near the walking ring — Olguin and his partner will have a Nathan’s Hot Dog cart set up. It’s a side business the veteran Woodbine jock got into a couple of years ago. This will be their first time at Woodbine, though they had the cart at the Honda Indy for three days last year.

“It was crazy because from here (Woodbine) I had to run over to the Indy and then run back here to ride,” said Olguin with a laugh. “I’d get down here at Woodbine and work horses until 9 a.m., and then I would run down to the Indy until 11 and then come back here and race. It was a bit much.”


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