Queen's Plate 2020 Picks

Queen's Plate 2020 Picks

Let's have a look at the 2020 Queen's Plate odds and picks.


The 161st running of the Queen's Plate, a $1 million race for Canadian-bred three-year-olds, is slated for September 12 at Woodbine Racetrack outside Toronto, Canada. The 1 1/4-mile horse race is the Canadian version of the Kentucky Derby and always draws a large and competitive field.

 To Win Queen's Plate Race Winners Odds  Xbet 10bet Sports Interaction (SIA)
Curlin's Voyage 4.00 4.00 4.00
Clayton 4.50 4.50 4.50
Halon Again 6.00 6.00 6.00

Queen's Plate Field Information

The expected field for the 2020 Queen's Plate, which will have official odds and post positions announced on September 9, is:

  • Clayton
  • Curlin's Voyage (f)
  • Dotted Line
  • Enchant Me
  • Mighty Heart
  • Sweeping Hard
  • Mervielleux (f)
  • Olliemyboy
  • Halo Again
  • Glorious Tribute
  • Famished
  • Belichick
  • Tecumseh's War
  • Holyfield

Queen's Plate Handicapping

Curlin's Voyage is the horse to beat after a strong victory in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on August 15. The daughter of Curlin is trained by Josie Carroll, and she ran faster than the colts in the Plate Trial on the same card. She also won the Fury Stakes and was Canada's Champion Two-Year-Old Filly of 2019.

Clayton is the best colt on the grounds so far. The son of Bodemeister has won three of four and took the Plate Trial to last out. Kevin Attard trains the colt, who has done better stretching out after his lone loss coming at seven furlongs in his first start in seven months.

Halo Again was a very impressive two-year-old here last year, even though he is based in the United States for trainer Steve Asmussen. Last year, Asmussen shipped up Tone Broke to win two of the three legs of the Triple Crown. 

Holyfield is very popular at Woodbine for missing part of an ear. Catherine Day Phillips trains the son of Uncle Mo, who finally broke his maiden last out August 22 in his sixth start under Emma Jayne Wilson.

Third behind Curlin's Voyage in the Woodbine Oaks was Merveilleux, a daughter of Paynter. She was a sharp allowance winner in her 2020 debut, and Kevin Attard would love to get his first Queen's Plate. She closed from well behind in the Oaks and ran the best speed figure of her career.

Sweepin Hard is lightly raced, but the son of Conquest Curlinate jumps in after breaking his maiden at the $40,000 claiming level last out. Dan Vella trains the gelding, who improved massively going from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles last out.

Queen's Plate Free Picks

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  • $25 to Win: Curlin's Voyage
  • $5 to Show: Mervielleux and Sweeping Hard
  • $1 Trifecta Box: Curlin's Voyage, Halo Again, Clayton, Mervielleux and Sweeping Hard

    Queen's Plate Exacta

    The most logical play of the day is the 2020 Queen's Plate exacta.

    Bet a $20 Exacta Box on Curlin's Voyage and Clayton.

    They are the most likely horses to finish first and second in this race in 2020.

    Alternatively, a $5 exacta box on Curlin's Voyage, Clayton, and Halo Again could also have a decent return.

    Queen's Plate Payouts

    The Queen's Plate payouts for the last 15 years have been varied, with only three favorites, but 11 of 15 winners were in the top three wagering choices. Even with all the low priced horses, the payouts are still quite good, with a 15-year average of $15.60 on a $2 win bet.

    • 2019: One Bad Boy - $9.70 (3rd choice)
    • 2018: Wonder Gadot - $6.40 (favorite)
    • 2017: Holy Helena - $6.30 (favorite)
    • 2016: Sir Dudley Digges - $33.90
    • 2015: Shaman Ghost - $8.60 (2nd choice)
    • 2014: Lexie Lou - $8.20 (2nd choice)
    • 2013: Midnight Aria - $35.20
    • 2012: Strait of Dover - $9.60 (2nd choice)
    • 2011: Inglorious - $11 (3rd choice)
    • 2010: Big Red Mike - $12 (3rd choice)
    • 2009: Eye of the Leopard - $6.70 (favorite)
    • 2008: Not Bourbon - $11.30 (3rd choice)
    • 2007: Mike Fox - $32.40
    • 2006: Edenwold - $34.40
    • 2005: Wild Desert - $8.30 (2nd choice)

    Queen's Plate History

    The Queen's Plate is the oldest continually run horse race in North America, even older than the Kentucky Derby and other Triple Crown races. It is known as the King's Plate when the reigning monarch of England is a male. 

    Long ago, the race was run in heats and restricted to horses who had never won a stakes race. Now it is for the elite horses bred in Canada and is not open to horses bred elsewhere. It is also the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, with the other legs being the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie on a dirt track, and the Breeders' Stakes back at Woodbine but on the turf. The Queen's Plate is run on a synthetic surface.

    The only horse to win both the Queen's Plate and Kentucky Derby is Northern Dancer.

    The race is often won by fillies, with fillies scoring in 2018 (Wonder Gadot), 2017 (Holy Helena), 2014 (Lexie Lou), and 2011 (Inglorious). Never worry about a filly facing colts in the Queen's Plate, because of their historical successes.

    There are two trainers tied for the most wins in the Queen's Plate, Harry Giddings, Jr. from 1910 - 1942, and active trainer Roger Attfield. His most recent Queen's Plate win was in 2008 with Not Bourbon. Four jockeys share the title of most Queen's Plate wins with four apiece, but none of them are active: Avelino Gomez, Sandy Hawley, and Robin Platts.