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Woodbine sets date for $1-million Queen's Plate

One Bad Boy, ridden by jockey Flavien Prat, wins the 160th running of the Queen's Plate in Toronto on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The $1-million Queen's Plate will remain North America's longest, continuously run stakes race. According to a source, Woodbine Entertainment will stage the opening leg of Canada's Triple Crown on Sept. 12 at Woodbine Racetrack. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj

TORONTO – The $1-million Queen’s Plate will remain North America’s longest, continuously run stakes race.

According to a source, Woodbine Entertainment will stage the opening leg of Canada’s Triple Crown on Sept. 12 at Woodbine Racetrack.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because Woodbine Entertainment has yet to formally announce a date for the race.

But the source added that an announcement on the Plate, which began in 1860, is expected to be made later Monday.

Woodbine Entertainment is also expected to divulge its revised stakes schedule sometime next week.

The 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, which is run on Woodbine’s Tapeta course, is for three-year-olds foaled in Canada.

It was originally scheduled to be run June 27 at Woodbine Racetrack but the race was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woodbine Entertainment was forced to postpone the April 18 start of its ’20 thoroughbred card because of the outbreak.

Last week, Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson divulged plans to begin live thoroughbred racing June 6 at the Toronto oval without fans.