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Canadian Bred Enduring Star to $1,000,000 Queen's Plate

Enduring Star Galloping at Woodbine (Woodbine Entertainment image)

June 21, 2011 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Enduring Star Partners are looking forward to this weekend with much anticipation. Their three-year-old son of Sir Shackleton is a live contender in the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, the first leg of the prestigious Canadian Triple Crown.

It’s not too often racehorse owners get a chance to run for a million dollars, and we’re excited about it. Woodbine has a fun week full of festivities for the Partners to participate in conjunction with the celebration.

Enduring Star has traveled far and wide to reach the Queen’s Plate. Bred in Canada, this colt was purchased by Terry Finley and Buzz Chace at the 2009 Goff’s Million Sale in Ireland before being transferred back to Florida to begin his race training under David McKathan. Looking to take advantage of his Canadian bred status, he was then shipped to current conditioner Mark Casse based at Woodbine. He started three times as a two-year-old and culminated the year with a third place finish in the Coronation Futurity. In 2011, he ran a bang up third at Gulfstream Park on the turf before coming back to Woodbine and breaking his maiden. A minor illness prevented him from participating in a Queen’s Plate prep, but he is now primed and ready for a big effort.

Trainer Mark Casse (who sends out three starters in the Queen’s Plate) says, “This is a colt we’ve thought highly of all along, and he's really developed over the past few months. It’s a bit of a bummer he got sick on us and missed the Plate Trial, but his last two works have been great, and I think he’s ready for a big effort. Based on what I’ve seen, I think he will really like the 1 ¼ mile distance.”

Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds says, “This is a very exciting time. We are so fortunate to be taking advantage of this lucrative Canadian bred program. There so so many opportunities for owners to run in restricted races with very nice purses. There aren’t many other places where you can have a horse eligible for a first level allowance that will be one of the picks in million dollar race. Buzz (Chace) and I loved this colt when we saw him in Ireland and he has really blossomed this year. It’s a good group of horses in the Queen’s Plate this year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you see our colt flying late.”

Veteran jockey Robby Albarado has the call on Enduring Star. West Point and Albarado have teamed up to win many big races over the years, and we hope to add another one to the tally on Sunday.

The Queen’s Plate is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. It is followed by the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes on July 17th at Fort Erie and the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes on August 6th at Woodbine. Click here to see a unique view, the "Queen's Plate Gyro-cam view," of last year's running of the Queen's Plate.

Interested in the lucrative Canadian bred program? Take a look at our athletic Canadian bred two-year-old son of Macho Uno, Forecon, who is currently in training with Todd Pletcher. We’d love to see him in next year’s American or Canadian triple crown races, including the Queen’s Plate, and he seems to have all the parts to get on those trails. If you like what you see (we encourage you to watch his breeze video), give Jeff Lifson a call at (502)-245-4293.

Best of luck to Enduring Star and his Partners on Sunday! For more information on the Queen's Plate and the events and competitors click here.