King's Plate 2024 Date Set for Aug. 17; E.P. Taylor Turf Course Renovation Plans Unveiled

Woodbine | Michael Burns

The King's Plate will be held in August for the third straight year in 2024 when it will be run Aug. 17 at Woodbine Racetrack.

“This year's King's Plate was a big success, delivering a record handle, sold-out crowd and really exciting racing,” said Michael Copeland, CEO of Woodbine. “The third weekend in August has been a good spot for attracting a quality field on the track and an energetic crowd off the track. Building on our momentum created at this year's Plate, we are excited to make the event even bigger in 2024 and look forward to welcoming everyone to Woodbine for the 165th King's Plate on Aug. 17.”

The Queen's Plate had traditionally been run in June or July before it was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. It has since been run in August in 2021 and 2022. Last year, it was run as the King's Plate for the first time in 70 years after the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the coronation of her son, King Charles III.

Also Wednesday, Woodbine Entertainment announced plans to rebuild a portion of the E.P. Taylor turf course. The project, expected to begin in 2025, includes rebuilding a five-furlong section of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course backstretch and the installation of a new drainage system, allowing for the possibility of an extended turf season.

“Woodbine has an unwavering commitment to investing in and providing a world-class racing product,” said Bill Ford, Executive Vice President of Racing for Woodbine Entertainment. “This latest investment will ensure the E.P. Taylor Turf remains one of the safest and elite turf courses in our sport. The new grass and drainage system along the E.P. Taylor backstretch will be a significant project that delivers long-term benefits to our Woodbine racing participants and customers.”

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