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The Plate:
150 Years of Royal Tradition from Don Juan to Eye of the Leopard
By Louis E. Cauz and Beverley A. Smith
December 2009
350 pages

Inaugurated with royal blessing in 1860, the Queen’s Plate is the longest continuously run stakes race in North America and the first jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. This compilation is the first full history of how this prestigious annual event evolved from a petition granted by Queen Victoria to a little turf club in Toronto to the country’s most famous, one-day social and sporting event.

Featuring many never-before-seen archival photographs and profiles of every winner, each year of the event is presented and examined in detail. Though the original site is now a traffic-congested street corner and the first-place prize has changed from “a plate to the value of fifty Guineas” to a purse of one million dollars, the Queen’s Plate remains the event that established Canadian horse racing as “the sport of royalty.”

About the Authors
Louis E. Cauz is a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame. He is the author of Baseball’s Back in Town and The Plate: A Royal Tradition. Beverley Smith has covered horse racing for the Globe and Mail for more than 25 years.