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Philly may skip the second gem of the Canadian Triple Crown at Fort Erie Race Track. According to him, there is no financial incentive for the horse to compete.
Race fans may know that the first gem of the Canadian Triple Crown is a CA$1 million Queen's Plate, and the CA$400,000 Prince of Wales on the dirt is the second and Breeders' Stakes. Currently, the only horse to beat all three is Wando, which won in 2003. However, exceptional Moira may not follow the steps of a Mike Kio-trained winner.
Shortly after winning his first Queen's Plate, Mr Atard told the media that Moira could miss the $400,000 CA Prince of Wales in September. However, he did not rule it out completely. He shared that the horse's connections wanted a first-degree victory on her resume, but explained that the reason why no horse had all three gems was simply because there was no financial incentive for it.
In the past, a horse that won all three jewels was given a huge bonus. Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no such incentive. The trainer said it would be very attractive to introduce such a bonus, and if there was a bonus, he would persuade the owner of the horse to win all three matches.
Mr. Attard acknowledged that it is amazing that the horse is recognized as a Triple Crown winner, but he believes there is more to the sport than putting your name on the plaque. He reminded me that it doesn't matter whether it's a colt or a colt because it costs a lot of money to buy and train a horse, and because it changes its value when sold for breeding purposes.
The trainer went on to say that if a triple crown is worth CA$1 million, the trainer could consider sacrificing a grade 1 or a grade 2 if he could make CA$1 million out of it. This way they can balance the scales. But since there is no financial incentive for that at the moment, Mr. Attard believes horse owners will prefer other options.
Highlights of the Queen's
Moira and jockey Rafael Hernandez re-wrote history for Mr. Atard, setting a new Queen's Plate record with a 2:01.48 victory. The horse had a seven-length advantage over its competitors, with Hall of Dreams coming in second and Sir for Sure coming in third. Moira paid CA$5.60, CA$3.40, CA$2.90.
In addition to Prince of Wales, race fans will still look forward to this Thoroughbred season as there is a Grade I Ricoh Woodbine Mile event hosted by the Woodbine Race Track.
Saturday, November 25, 2023