Heading around the far turn in the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, it appeared to be anyone’s race. Mighty Heart was in the lead, but was being chased closely by several others, including race-favorite Clayton.
After the second turn, the race was quickly decided as Mighty Heart pulled away to win by eight lengths in a dominant effort in the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Trained by Josie Carroll, the one-eyed son of Dramedy out of Emma’s Bullseye, by City Place, earned his first stakes victory in the race, after finishing third in a Woodbine allowance race on Aug. 1 in his last start.
“He’s just a very exciting horse,” Carroll said after the race. “He’s come a long way for [owner and breeder Lawrence Cordes] who’s had a lot of confidence in him from the start.”
Splits for the 1 1/4-miles Queen’s Plate on Tapeta were:23.57, :47.61, 1:12.70 and 1:37.50. The winning time was 2:01.98.
Jockey Daisuke Fukumoto was aboard for the race. It was his first Queen’s Plate victory and Carroll’s third.
“This is a big, big day for them,” Carroll said of Mighty Heart’s other connections. “Very happy for them.”
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