The history of horse racing in Canada begins one day, in 1859, in a far-off British colony of United Canada, with an agreement of two great racing fans to submit to the Queen Victoria of All Britain. In the first lines of peculiar text, they described how the average citizen of Toronto, a faraway city (from London), was suffering from the misery of a boring life.
They pleaded to the Queen to descend on North American subjects to decrease the awful frustration of citizens and give them a beverage from the Royal Service, where they could ride horses and try out their luck. Her Majesty's generosity knew no bounds, so the most beautiful plate from the most wonderful sideboard was given to a small equestrian club of the overseas town. That is how the first horse race in Canada, the oldest North American event, was founded. It was named “The Queen's Plate”.