Nova Scotia

Mighty Heart, one-eyed winner of the $1M Queen's Plate, has N.S. ties

The winner of the $1-million Queen’s Plate, a one-eyed colt called Mighty Heart, has a Nova Scotia connection — his groom is from Cape Breton.

‘He blew me out of the water,’ says Cape Breton-born groom

Mighty Heart, with jockey Daisuke Fukumoto, reacts after winning the running of the 161st Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Saturday. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press )

The winner of the $1-million Queen's Plate, a one-eyed colt called Mighty Heart, has a Nova Scotia connection — the horse's groom is from Cape Breton.

Mighty Heart won the opening leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Saturday with a winning time of 2:01.98, the second-fastest since 1957.

His groom, Siobhan Brown of Cape Breton, told CBC Nova Scotia News at Six she was nervous when Mighty Heart first took the lead. The race is long, so endurance is just as crucial as speed.

Siobhan Brown, Mighty Heart's groom, said he 'blew her out of the water' during Saturday's race. (CBC Nova Scotia News at Six)

But Mighty Heart streaked away at the finish, winning by nearly eight lengths.

"The group had kind of started to catch up to him and he had just kicked it into a totally different gear," she said. "He blew me out of the water."

Mighty Heart has run three races with Brown as a groom. He's had only one eye since she's known him — he lost it in a paddock accident when he was just a few weeks old.

"It took a lot of trust because everything we do is on the left-hand side, and that's the eye he's missing.... But essentially you'd never know he only had one eye," she said.

Brown has groomed horses before, but said Mighty Heart's personality, sense of humour and kindness set him apart from the rest.

"I just love him, he's one of the best horses I have ever groomed," she said.

Mighty Heart races to victory at the $1-million Queen's Plate

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Mighty Heart nearly lead wire-to-wire to capture the 161st running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. 1:14

So what's next in store for the Queen's Plate winner?

"Anything, the sky's the limit … He loves what he does, and he's proved himself," Brown said.

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