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BCTC-NARA grad Chelsea Heery plays important part in win of 157th running of The Queens Plate, Canadas Derby

Chelsea Heery exercising Sir Dudley Digges in preparation of the 157th running of the Queens Plate. Chelsea Heery, a top grad of Bluegrass Community and Technical College's North American Racing Academy (BCTC-NARA), had a winning weekend Sunday, July 3, when the horse she helped trained won the $1 million 157th running of the Queens Plate race, at Woodbine Racecourse in Ontario, Canada. The Queens Plate is Canada's version of the Kentucky Derby. The winning horses name is Sir Dudley Digges, and he is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey of Nicholasville, Ky.

Sir Dudley Digges won the race by half-length at odds of 15-1. Heery is now one of Mike Maker's top assistant trainers and she served as Sir Dudley Digges assistant trainer and exercise rider to prepare the horse for the Queens Plate. Maker is based in Kentucky and is currently the sixth leading trainer in North America. Heery runs his New York division based at Belmont Park.

Sir Dudley Digges wins 2016 Queens Plate at WoodbineThere is hope that the horse will be able to win the Canadian Triple Crown, which consists of three different race surfaces including the Queens Plate, the Prince of Wales Stakes in Fort Erie, Ontario, and the Breeders Stakes at the E.P. Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine.

For more information about the 2016 running of the Queens Plate, please go to this link: http://thisishorseracing.com/news/index.php/racing-news/3648-sir-dudley-digges-carries-the-flag-for-ramseys

 

Photo Caption: Top-Right: Chelsea Heery exercising Sir Dudley Digges in preparation of the 157th running of the Queens Plate. Bottom-Left: Sir Dudley Digges wins 2016 Queens Plate at Woodbine.

 

About NARA

Originally launched by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, NARA is now part of BCTC and remains the most successful accredited career and training program offering one-year certificates and two-year associate's degrees in support of the horse racing and breeding industries. For more information about NARA, please contact Remi Bellocq, remi.bellocq@kctcs.edu (859) 221-2989.