Lexie Lou wasn't the favorite at the 2014 Queen's Plate, but perhaps the filly should have been. The only female horse in the $1 million race was victorious on Sunday from the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.
Keith-TripleDeadHeat captured the winner and jockey Patrick Husbands after the race:
Here's a look at the official order of finish.
|Queen's Plate Order of Finish|
|4||We Miss Artie|
Below are the payouts following the results.
|Queen's Plate Payouts|
Trainer Mark Casse had two other horses in the race (Matador and Majestic Sunset), but as it turned out, Lexie Lou was all he needed.
In an interview with reporters, Casse said: "When you travel around Canada and tell people you're a horse trainer, they want to know if you've won the Queen's Plate. So far, the answer is no, but hopefully after Sunday I'll be able to say yes."
Casse is now free to grin and nod his head the next time he gets that question.
Lexie Lou continues to shine on the Woodbine Racetrack. Earlier in the year, she captured the top spot in the Woodbine Oaks. Sunday's win gives her four first-place finishes in 14 months. That has to put her up for consideration for horse of the year.
The favorite coming in was We Miss Artie, but a slow start from Todd Pletcher's colt gave the field the opening it needed at the beginning of the race to make things competitive.
We Miss Artie would not recover and wound up finishing fourth.
Lexie Lou ran middle of the pack until the race reached the backstretch.
Guided by Husbands, the filly turned on the jets and pulled even with leader Asserting Bear on the final turn. Gradually Lexie Lou created distance and cruised to the win by a full length over Ami's Holiday.
This race was the first jewel in the Canadian horse racing Triple Crown. Eyes will be on Lexie Lou heading into the Prince of Wales Stakes. Even more attention will be paid to the horse considering Husbands is the last jockey to ride a Canadian Triple Crown winner.
Back in 2003, Husbands guided Wando to wins at the Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders' Stakes. Husbands also rode Dixie Strike to victory in the 2012 Prince of Wales. Needless to say, he's had some experience in the two challenges ahead.
If Husbands is able to win his second Canadian Triple Crown, he'll become just the second jockey in history to win it twice.
California Chrome couldn't finish the trifecta in the United States, but the stage is set for an exciting Triple Crown season north of the border.