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Coverage begins on CBC-TV and cbcsports.ca at 4:30 p.m. ET

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CBC presents exclusive coverage of the single greatest horse race and show on Canadian soil with the 153rd running of the Queen's Plate from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Sunday, June 24. The Queen's Plate is the longest continually run stakes race in North America and the first jewel in Canada's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Action gets underway live on CBC-TV and online at cbcsports.ca at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Scott Russell (@SportsWkndScott) takes the reins as host of the 153rd Queen's Plate on CBC alongside Gemini Award-winning racing analyst Jim Bannon. Renee Kierens provides pre- and post-race reports on horseback including an interview with the winning jockey. Also providing reports during the broadcast are Elliotte Friedman (@friedgeHNIC), Brenda Irving (@Sportswkndbrend) and Canadian jockey legend Sandy Hawley adding insight and analysis. Woodbine track announcer Dan Loiselle is back to call the race for a 26th consecutive year.

Known as the 'Gallop for the Guineas' the Queen's Plate is Canada's most prestigious horse race. The race features three-year-olds foaled in Canada competing on the 1 1/4 mile track for the $1 million purse, with $600,000 going to the winner. In just his third career start, 21-1 longshot River Rush won the 1 1/8 mile Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine on June 3 in track record time of 1:48.97. Three of the last four Plate Trial winners have gone on to win the Queen's Plate.

Make this your tradition by tuning in on Sunday, June 24 at 4:30 p.m. ET and hold your breath as the broadcast team brings you all the excitement from both on and off the track.  To set the scene and hear from race insiders CBCLive.ca has an exclusive video blog with reporter Brenda Irving. Visit cbcsports.ca/queensplate for insights and event details and tweet your predictions to #queensplate.


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