In celebration of the upcoming Queen’s Plate, included below are a series of photos and the race chart from the running of the 1929 King’s Plate (1 ⅛ miles). Held at Old Woodbine on May 18, 1929, the 3-year-old Shorelint would defeat 4-year-old Ichitaro by 1 ½ lengths going away for the win.
Owned and bred by the Thorncliffe Stable, Shorelint (by Oil Man) was out of the Orme Shore (GB) mare South Shore, winner of the King’s Plate for Thorncliffe as a 4-year-old in 1922. Determined to keep the race “in the family,” South Shore would later produce 1930 King’s Plate runner-up Whale Oil (1927 br. c. by Oil Man) and 1935 King’s Plate winner Sally Fuller (1932 br. f. by Judge Fuller (GB)). South Shore was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2000.
The eligibility conditions of the race have changed throughout history. While now a staple on the calendar for Canadian-bred sophomores, until 1938 the Queen’s/King’s Plate was open to 3-year-olds and up. Furthermore, eligibility was restricted to Ontario-breds until 1944, and prior to 1959, only Canadian-owned horses were eligible.
“TORONTO, Ont., May 18. – Shorelint, a brown colt by Oilman – South Shore, racing in the colors of the Thorncliffe Stable, was winner of the King’s Plate at Woodbine this afternoon. Coming from behind in the stretch and wearing Ichitaro down in the final eighth, Shorelint got up in the last twenty yards to win going away by a length and a half. Ichitaro finished three lengths in front of his stable companion Lindsay, and then followed Vestip.
There were eighteen starters in the King’s Plate and Dance Circle, Irish Sphere and Circulet, running coupled as the Seagram Stable entry, were favorite and well backed. The field, a big and cumbersome one, was finally sent away to a good start and Dance Circle immediately went to the front to set the pace for her stable companions. Straightened out on the back stretch, she opened up a lead of a length and a half and showed in front until on the far turn, where she tired, and Ichitaro, passing her without much effort, drew away into a three lengths lead. Gwynne was next to the rail and at the eighth post was still two lengths in front.
J. D. Mooney, who had been rating Shorelint along under slight restraint, gradually improved his position until he was in a contending position turning into the stretch for the final run, called on the Thorncliffe racer and he responded gamely. At the end he was going well, while Ichitaro was tiring badly. Circulet, of which great things were expected, was never prominent. Beginning slowly, Maiben hurried him to the first turn, where Meteor Sparks collided with him and carried Circulet extremely wide. This knocked the latter out of the struggle and he never was able to recover from the bumping he received at this stage.
They were pretty well strung out at the finish. Carey was pulled up after leaving the back stretch and followed all the others home. The first mile was run in 1:43 ⅗ and the mile and an eighth in 1:57 ⅗.” (Daily Racing Form, 05/20/1929)