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Queen’s Plate Pedigree: Holy Helena

Holy Helena followed the growing list of fillies to sweep the Queen’s Plate/Oaks double with her impressive win over the best colts in Canada, on July 2 at Woodbine. Lexie Lou (2014), Inglorious (2011), Dancethruthedawn ( 2001), Dance Smartly (1991), and La Lorgnette (1985) remarkably achieved the same double in recent history. And Holy Helena became the fourth Queen’s Plate winner for the Stronach Stable, following Shaman Ghost (2015), Awesome Again (1997), and Basqueian (1994). Holy Helena’s win continues the dominance of the Northern Dancer male line in the classics. Her male line traces from her sire, Ghostzapper, through Awesome Again to Vice Regent and Northern Dancer. Her sire Ghostzapper has now sired 65 stakes winners and counting. He won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at four before retiring with nine wins in just 11 lifetime starts and $3,446,120 (U.S.). Now a leading sire in Kentucky, Ghostzapper also sired 2015 QP…

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