TORONTO -- Dancethruthedawn took the lead at the far turn
and went on to a half-length victory Sunday in the $1 million
Queen's Plate, winning the first leg of Canadian thoroughbred
racing's triple crown one year after her full brother and 10 years
after her dam.
It was the first time in the 142 years of the Queen's Plate that
a brother-sister combination won the race in consecutive years as
Dancethruthedawn followed Scatter The Gold's victory in 2000.
Ridden by Gary Boulanger and carrying 121 pounds,
Dancethruthedawn became the 33rd filly to win the race for
3-year-olds and the first since her dam, Dance Smartly in 1991.
Dance Smartly went on to win the triple crown that year.
The victory at Woodbine Racetrack also marked the second
consecutive in the Queen's Plate for Sam-Son Farm -- fourth overall -- and third for trainer Mark Frostad.
"She really does look like Dance Smartly; she cocks her head
the same way coming down the stretch and has a lot of those similar
things," owner Tammy Samuel-Balaz said, comparing Dancethruthedawn
to her mother. "To win the Queen's Plate with Dance Smartly and to
have her daughter win it, there is nothing, nothing like it. It's
just unbelievable to have that kind of bloodline that continues on
Dancethruthedawn covered 1¼ miles on a fast track in 2:03 3/5.
"You couldn't ask for a better trip," Boulanger said following
his first Queen's Plate victory. "I could hear somebody coming but
they weren't getting to me fast.
"She hasn't really run, I don't think, her best race, I think
she's got more to offer yet. I think she opened a few eyes today."
Win City, the 9-5 morning-line favorite, closed to finish
second, followed by Brushing Bully in the 10-horse field, the
third-smallest in the history of the Queen's Plate. The rest of the
field all carried 126 pounds.
Dancethruthedawn returned $5.80, $2.90 and $2.70. Win City paid
$2.40 and $2.30, while Brushing Bully was $4.20 to show.
The remainder of the field, in order of finish, was: Asia, Lucky
Scarab, Thatsthebottomline, Dawn Watcher, Millennium Allstar,
Highland Legacy and Sik.
Robert Landry rode Millennium Allstar, owned by Toronto Maple
Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph, agent Don Meehan and trainer Sue
Leslie, despite injuring an elbow in a spill just over a week ago.
The other two races in the Canadian triple crown are the Prince
of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, Ontario, on July 22, and the
Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine on Aug. 11.