Fresh start for the Queen's Plate

Pyrite Mountain (left) is taken for a run around Woodbine by jockey Luis Contreras. (Michael Burns,...

Pyrite Mountain (left) is taken for a run around Woodbine by jockey Luis Contreras. (Michael Burns, photo)

RICHARD MAUNTAH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

Despite the morning rain, it was a much better atmosphere at this year’s Queen’s Plate post-position ceremony.

 

Last year at this time, the sport was facing uncertainty. And Woodbine, through it’s chief executive officer, Nick Eaves, said if help didn’t come to the industry to keep it viable moving forward, local racing, including the oldest continually run stakes race on the continent, would be no more.

The help came. And the horses will go to the post for the 154th time on Sunday for Canada’s most prestigious horse race.

One interesting part of this year’s race is that, while there are 12 horses in the field, only six trainers are taking a shot.

One of those with multiple runners is trainer Mark Frostad, who will saddle Pyrite Mountain, one of the favourites in the race, and County Lineman, one of the longshots.

Both horses are owned by syndicates of approximately 40 shareholders started by Frank Stronach.

Pyrite Mountain has shown p


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