Eurico Rosa Da Silva Wins Canadian Triple Crown

Jockeys and horse trainers vie for the Canadian Triple Crown when competing in Canadian races.  After spending years trying to win all three legs of the competition, jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva can finally say he has the full Triple Crown.

The Triple Crown occurs every summer at two Ontario racetracks, but divided into three separate races.  The competition begins at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto with the Queen’s Plate, which was won this year by three year old filly Lexie Lou.

After wrapping up at Woodbine, racers move south to the Fort Erie racetrack for the Prince of Wales race held at the end of July.  In mid August, racers return to Woodbine for the Breeders’ Stakes race and the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Da Silva first won the Queen’s Plate in 2009 and followed it up with another win in 2010.  He added the Breeders’ Stakes title to his name last summer, but the Prince of Wales always eluded the trained jockey – until now.

Da Silva guided three year old colt Coltimus Prime through the 1 3/16 mile race in a race time of 1:54:38, winning by nearly 3 ½ lengths over the nearest competitor Lynx.  Lexie Lou did not race in the Prince of Wales, which trainer Mark Casse bet on after the filly won the Queen’s Plate.

Following the race, Da Silva says after 10 years of effort, he finally took the Canadian racing team.

“For me, I am so grateful to win this race.  It was a very important race for me, I’ve got my Triple Crown.”

Da Silva and Coltimus Prime are unlikely to saddle up for the Breeders’ Stakes, which hits the Woodbine track on Sunday August 17.  Whereas the Queen’s Plate is raced on polytrack and the Prince of Wales on a dirt track, the Breeders’ Stake is run on grass and is the longest race in the Triple Crown.