Sport: King's Plate

Oldest horse-race in the U.S. is not the Kentucky Derby but Saratoga's Travers Stakes, first run in 1864. Oldest consecutively run race in North America is not the Travers Stakes but the King's Plate, run last week at Toronto, Canada. Queen Victoria, on petition of the Toronto Turf Club, put up the original prize in 1859. After her death in 1901, the name of the race was changed from the Queen's Plate. That few U.S. race followers know much about the King's Plate is not extraordinary. The field is limited to horses foaled and trained in Ontario and owned by British...