TORONTO - Ladies first, again.
The Queen’s Plate has been kind to fillies throughout its 155-year history and, in recent years, winners of the Woodbine Oaks have done very well in the big event itself.
That continued on Sunday as Lexie Lou captured the $1-million Canadian classic with a 11/2-length win which gave jockey Patrick Husbands his second Queen’s Plate victory.
It also gave trainer Mark Casse, who has been actively and aggressively chasing Canada’s biggest thoroughbred racing prize, his first chance to hold the Plate trophy in a meaningful way.
Ami’s Holiday, ridden by Luis Contreras for trainer Josie Carroll, was second despite coming out of the outside post in the 15-horse field. Asserting Bear ended third after he and jockey Chantal Sutherland set the pace for most of the 1¼-mile race.