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Now & Then Hidden Gem: Woodbine Race Track, Toronto

Now & Then Hidden Gem - Woodbine Race Track, Ontario

Since its inception with royal blessing on Wednesday, June 17, 1860, the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto, Ontario has evolved into a sporting and cultural icon. Woodbine at its current location opened to fanfare on 1956.

Rexdale Malton - UP Photo Woodbine Opening Day 1956-06-12

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As North America’s oldest continuously run stakes race, it is as much a celebration of the past as it is the present when Canada’s top three-year-old horses take to the track at Woodbine for this 1 ¼-mile classic.


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Horse Racing

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What makes the Queen’s Plate so special? A long tradition of royal visits, and racing excitement. The tradition began in 1939 when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited “Old Woodbine.” Queen Elizabeth II made her first of four visits in 1959, with her most recent appearance made in 2010.

Feel like royalty yourself on a trip to the Woodbine Race Track. At Favourites Dining Room you can watch the race from your table while enjoying a tasty buffet, or dine outdoors on the patio overlooking the track.

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