07/06/2014 7:14PM

Lone filly Lexie Lou takes down the boys in Queen's Plate

Michael Burns
Lexie Lou took on the boys and won Sunday as the lone filly in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Lexie Lou, the lone filly in the 15-horse field, closed stoutly from mid-pack under Patrick Husbands to take the 155th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on Sunday.

Lexie Lou became the 35th filly to win the Plate and is just the sixth horse to sweep both the Woodbine Oaks and Plate. Her owner, Hollywood producer Gary Barber, purchased her privately in the spring from owner-trainer John Ross.

The victory is the first in the prestigious Canadian Classic for perennial leading Woodbine trainer Mark Casse, who is 1 for 20 in the race. 

“It’s been a long, hard ride,” Casse said. “It will probably sink in a little more later on. It’s very emotional. I’ve been following the Queen’s Plate since I was a little boy, so to finally win it … It’s been a great year. We were the leading trainer at Keeneland, which meant so much to me. And to be able to win the Queen’s Plate, I just pinch myself. I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love so much.”

Asserting Bear dueled for the lead through quick fractions of 23.23 seconds and 47.09 before getting the three-quarters in 1:11.54. Lexie Lou began to mount a wide rally around the half-mile pole, and she hit the front in mid-stretch before holding off a charging Ami’s Holiday to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 2:03.94.

Asserting Bear weakened to third, while the 9-5 favorite We Miss Artie rallied belatedly for fourth after missing the break.

“When we [left the gate], she relaxed,” Husbands said. “She was rolling. By the time we reached the five-eighths pole, I kept her in the clear, and she picked them off one by one. When I asked her, she gave me 110 [percent] down the lane.”

Lexie Lou paid $8.20 as the second choice. First money of $600,000 boosted her bankroll to $1,249,250.

Casse didn’t rule out running Lexie Lou in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes on the dirt July 29 at Fort Erie. He also said Barber might want to run the synthetic track expert this summer at Del Mar.

“I think she can run with any filly in North America, except for Untapable,” Casse said.

John More than 1 year ago
The Queens Plate is the most over-rated stake race in NA. The race is for restricted Ontario breds. This filly - is a good local filly - however she is not a top tier filly against the best in the US. The majority of the horses she ran against in the plate could not win a 25k claiming race at BEL or SA. Inglorious could not win a stake in the US even though she dominated at Woodbine. Over the last 25 years - the winner of the QP are very Ontario Restricted ordinary with the exception of Awesome Again and Dance Smartly - two extremely well bred - super horses.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
it's shows how incompetent you are then Up with the birds second place finisher won Grade 1 turf in Belmont River Seven set track record in Gulfstream and Grace 3 Turf race in CD Marketing Mix is an Ontario Bred horse finished 3rd to Inglorious in Woodbine Oaks won several Grad 1 Stakes in San Anita. Inglorious was mismanaged Maybe you should do more research before you comment on anything before stupidity comes out. and FYi it's not a restricted to Ontario Horses it's Canadian Bred horse. I would say you're a typical American, open their mouth and stupidity comes out.
Jeff N Holly Coakley More than 1 year ago
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Do I need to explain to you why 1.25 miles at Churchill Downs and 1.25 miles at Woodbine are not negotiated in the same amount of time?
G More than 1 year ago
Maybe you dont understand that lexie lou and CC covered 1.25 miles in 2.03.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
It's next to impossible to compare times track to track much less throwing synthetic in the mix. I don't think CC is anything special but he'd handle this filly easily.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
This seems to be happening a lot. A whole lot of inferior horses running in this race. Funny how a lot of folks on here make fun of the weakness of American thoroughbreds. These types couldn't hot walk US thoroughbreds.
G More than 1 year ago
Just think, Lexie Lou ran her race in almost the same time as the Kentucky Derby and they are all inferior to American thoroughbreds in your mind. We Miss Artie ran very poor in the derby and is a synthetic track specialist. That being said, it will be to see just how well Lexie Lou runs on the turf and dirt, if she runs in all three of the Canadian triple crown series. I personally feel most of the top level North American thoroughbreds are pretty equally competitive.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
I guess ghostzapper and curlin are inferior horses then considering they were sired by those inferior Canadian horses. Unlike Americans they don't put Americans down so they can feel better, do you see anyone here criticizing American horses.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
And where do Awesome Again and Smart Strike currently stand?
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Dance Smartly, Langfuhr, Chief Bearhart, Peteski,recently Up With The Birds all put the screws to GR1 US breds.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
still owned by canadians
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
I have always said Patrick Husbands can ride with the best coast to coast. Wish he can get the breaks to compete on the English circuit like Epsom Downs, Royal Ascot, Goodwood Park, and other first rate tracks. Great Jockey!
TriniLoo More than 1 year ago
When you start to ply your trade at the mecca, 'D Garrison Savannah', you could ride anywhere. I've seen PH ride at Santa Rosa (in TT), Gulfstream, Tampa Bay Downs and Woodbine. Good jock, who ALWAYS tries. Watched the replay of the Plate, and just as he described, 'in the clear', 'bided my time', and 'plenty horse in the stretch', all of those add up many times equaling having 'your head in front at the wire'. Congrats to PH and team for winning Canada's 'big race'. As for the English tracks, I'd say Royal Ascot for the big meet, and getting some decent rides anywhere on the card. I would really like to see him in Dubai, for the end of the Carnival.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
The plate and the three turf races before it are why the WORLD championships should be at Woodbine every few years. The main track is fair, the turf course would ensure Europe's best would come
martymar . More than 1 year ago
where were you yesterday?
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
The Europeans aren't coming to North America, period. They do not want to race against Lasix.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
The EP taylor.... canadian international and woodbine mile suggest otherwise
G More than 1 year ago
The Europeans use Lasix, just not on race day. They have a very longlist of non race day meds and many of them are happy to use Lasix on race day when allowed.
Steve Wilson More than 1 year ago
No they shouldn't for one reason: Polycrap.
John Murray More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Husbands and Casse for a great job, also to Jim Bannon's paddock observations on We Miss Artie pointing out the facts that he lacked on track gallops, appeared to be slightly off and was showing kidney sweat, as tips. Missing the break did not help his cause but he loomed into contention on the final turn but drifted out down the lane. Final times of the prep races, Oaks and Trial were confirmed. Nice work Jim Bannon.
Bob Tyler More than 1 year ago
Wonder if Ken Ramsey took the lead shank and walked We Miss Artie back to the barn after the race?? Bwaaaaaaaaahhaaaaaaa