A 6th Plate tintype of jockey Benjamin Alcott – 1861 Queen’s plate horse race winner
The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race, having been founded in 1860. It is also the oldest continuously run race in North America. It is run at a distance of 1.25 miles for a maximum of 17 three-year-old thoroughbred horses foaled in Canada. The race takes place each summer, in June or July, at Woodbine Racetrack, Etobicoke, Ontario, and is the first race in the Canadian Triple Crown. In 1861 Ben Alcott rode the Wild Irishman in for the win with a time of 2:00. The trainer was George Cameron and the owner was George Henderson. This historic tintype has Ben wearing an ornate ‘Spanish inspired’ dress uniform posing in front of an impressive upside down horseshoe though we can expect that Ben wasn’t worried about luck. The horseshoe is decorated with flowers. Ben has been very subtly hand-tinted. The image is housed in a full case with both working clasps. Spine has been retaped. The image has been resealed and the information regarding the subject has been recorded by a contemporary hand signed and dated.
3.25 in. x 3.75 in.