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Plate Posts – A Look Back

100 Years Ago - Hearts Of Oak, 1913 For the second time in Plate history, fans were turned back at the admission gates for the famous race. The 1913 King's Plate (the reigning monarch in England was King Edward VII) was held at Woodbine Park where the crowd grew to somewhere between 17,000 to 25,000, causing several thousand to be shut out from the property. That year's Plate had a change in eligibility rules too: originally open to horses who had never won a race, it was allowing horses that won a race as two-year-olds to compete. That was good news for Hearts of Oak who took advantage of the new rule (he had won four of seven races as a two-year-old) as he blasted away from the field to win by 10 lengths and pay just $2.70 to win. Oakville's Harry Giddings Jr. owned, trained and bred Hearts of…

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