Moira Romps in Plate, the fastest winner in 163 years

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The fictional Moira Rose, played by Catherine O’Hara for years on the popular sitcom “Schitt’s Creek,” was a spoiled, eccentric and overly dramatic character.

Her namesake, the talented 3-year-old filly. Moira , also has his own unique personality traits, particularly in the run-up to the race, such as in the paddock. However, when she runs, she is just all class.

Racing on August 21 in the iconic CA$1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, he put on a display to match his 10 3/4 length win last month at Woodbine Oaks, riding to a seven-length victory over hall of dreams in the Canadian classic. His 1 1/4 mile time of 2:01.38 on Woodbine’s synthetic tapeta surface set a track record and was the fastest in the 163-year history of the race, the first leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown.

Moira, a daughter of Ghostbusters she became the 38th filly to win the queen’s plate and the 10th since 1956. She is the third Ghostzapper plate winner after colt wins. Ghost Shaman (2015) and the filly saint helena (2017).

She provided her Canadian trainer, Kevin Attard, with his first Queen’s Plate, a race widely and often called Canada’s Kentucky Derby. All 3-year-old children of the Plate must have been born in the country.

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The race also gave Canadian-born blood agent Donato Lanni a coveted win as owner. She was part of a group of horses he selected to race in the X-Men Racing partnership he heads with Madaket Stables and SF Racing.

Photo: Michael Burns

Jockey Rafael Hernandez and trainer Kevin Attard kiss the Queen’s Plate trophy after Moira captured the 163rd running of the Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine

“I’ve known Kevin for 20 years, and this has been a dream, a dream of his and mine, to be two Canadian kids to win this race,” said Lanni, whose wife, Elizabeth, is named Moira. “This is amazing. What a filly.”

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Moira made Plate look easy after leaving the paddock, where Attard and his staff kept her away from other horses, knowing her history of misbehavior in the paddock. She then led a group of 10 men to the race track from the paddock tunnel.

Once the race started, he let the boys have their turn for the first three-quarters of a mile, setting up in the back half of the field as the minkster mark the rhythm with fractions of: 23.76,: 47.57 and 1:11.85.

But Rafael Hernandez was simply biding his time with Moira, and when he got his signal on the outside in the second turn, he quickly showed his superiority. Seventh after six furlongs, he jumped to third a mile into the race and was in front soon after. He hit the mid-stretch marker three lengths ahead and extended his margin to the end despite Hernandez not prompting and raising his fist to celebrate the final 70 yards. She paid $5.60 to win.

“She’s something else. She’s so special,” said Hernandez, who won her second Queen’s Plate after her initial success with Shaman Ghost in 2015.

Hall of Dreams recovered from the early tenth to take second place, two lengths ahead of a stalk. mr sure in third, giving two-time home plate winner Mark Casse a 2-3 finish. ironstone who chased The Minkster for much of the race before taking a brief lead at the mile marker, was fourth.

Jockey Rafael Hernandez celebrates as he guides Moira to victory in the Queen's Plate Stakes
Photo: Michael Burns

Jockey Rafael Hernandez celebrates as he guides Moira to victory in the Queen’s Plate Stakes

Arena a small favorite over Moira at odds of 1.55-1, she was a sixth-place finisher in the 11-horse field.

A $150,000 purchase at the September 2020 Keeneland Yearling Sale of the Hidden Brook Consignment by Lanni on behalf of her X-Men Racing, Moira is one of two stakes winners produced out of the stakes-winning mare Unbridled’s song divine aida of five foals, being the other winner of minor classics jungle cry (animal Kingdom ). Among the three unfed foals of him is a Sir Prancealot foal born this year.

Moira, bred by Adena Springs, became the eighth filly to earn the Oaks-Plate double, joining such greats as Dance Smartly, Flaming Page, Holy Helena, Inglorious and lexie lou .

Moira, who won all three of her 2022 matches, is 4-1-0 in five starts with earnings of CA$902,128.

The Canadian Triple Crown continues on September 13 with the CA$400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, a 1 3/16-mile race in Fort Erie‘s dirt track, and concludes with the CA$400,000 Breeders’ Stakes over 1 1/2 miles over Woodbine’s EP Taylor Turf Course on October 2.

Wando, in 2003, was the last horse to sweep the series and the seventh since its inception in 1959.

Attard stopped short of committing her to the next stages, although he seemed intrigued by the chase. She has not raced on dirt and grass, having raced exclusively at Woodbine Tapeta.

“Being a local trainer, I’d love to put my name next to a Triple Crown horse if I could, right?” Atard said.

Video: Queen S. Plate (BT)

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