Last time I went to Woodbine I won $1,000 on the quarter slots. That was about 10 years ago. So I suppose I was due for another win on Sunday when my wife and I went to the 153rd running of The Queen’s Plate at the big Etobicoke track.
This was my first trip to the prestigious race and there was no shortage of interesting photo ops. The horses, the hats….well, that was pretty much it.
I wore jeans and a short-sleeve shirt. I figured I should at least feel comfortable when I lose my well-earned money betting on the races, unlike this well-dressed gentleman below.
Here’s Eurico Rosa da Silva coming in from the track after riding seven-year-old Smokey Fire to a win in race number five. The Jim Dandy Stable gelding brought in $37.50 for the win.
In the eighth race, Ramon Dominguez rides German 10-year-old Musketier to the lead and the win in a photo finish with Simmard.
Woodbine’s setup allows race fans to get up close to the riders and horses prior to race time. The horses are walked about out front of the building and then riders mount and parade by on their way to the post.
The main grandstands were mostly reserved seating, so I positioned myself as high as I could trackside near the finish line. I focused mostly on taking pictures this day, so I only brought enough money for a drink or two with my wife. I felt the last $10 in my pocket calling out a number. “Four,” it said. “Four.” Even though I didn’t have a race guide and didn’t know a horse from a gelding, I picked Canyon Farms’ number 4 horse, Strait of Dover, starting from the rail. “$10 on number four to win.”
Here’s a shot of my pick running down the stretch, winning the race leading wire to wire.