Lexie Lou Wins First Race In Canadian Triple Crown

The Canadian Triple Crown is one of the most popular horseracing events in North America, and was off to the 2014 races this weekend.  The Triple Crown always begins with the Queen’s Plate, a 1 ¼ mile race on polytrack at Woodbine Racetrack where racers compete for a $1 million prize.

This year’s Triple Crown opener was won by 3 year old Lexie Lou, who was the second betting choice with 3-1 odds of winning.  Patrick Husbands guided the 3 year old filly to the finish line, all the while remaining focused ahead of their closest competitors down the stretch of the race.

According to the results, Lexie Lou crossed the finish line after only 2:03.94, becoming the second young female of her kind to win the Queen’s Plate in the last four years.  The win also netted her trainer Mark Casse his first Queen’s Plate championship.

Casse received the $600,000 winner’s share as his prized horse Lexie Lou won her fifth race in 12 starts.  Winning a race in the Canadian Triple Crown also fulfills a lifelong dream for the jubilant trainer.

“I've been following the Queen's Plate since I was a little boy and so to finally win it, I just pinch myself.”

The next race in the Canadian Triple Crown is the Prince of Wales Stakes, where horses and trainers head to the races on July 29 at the Fort Erie racetrack.  The Prince of Wales carries a $500,000 prize and is run on a 1 3/16 mile long track made of dirt.

Casse is undecided if Lexie Lou will make the trip to Fort Erie, given she ran both the Queen’s Plate and the Woodbine Oaks within only a few weeks.

“A third race in a short time and, of course, a surface she's never been over.  We'll see, we could go there.”