American trainer David Hofmans, winner of the ’97 Queen’s Plate, died Wednesday. He was 81.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

The Los Angeles native claimed the Plate win aboard Awesome Again for Stronach Stables at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Hofmans had already triumphed at the venue the year before when Alphabet Soup, a 19-1 outsider, defeated Cigar in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Queen’s Plate was first held in 1860 and named after Queen Victoria after she gave her royal assent for “a plate to the value of 50 guineas” to be awarded to the winner of the 1¼ mile race in Toronto. The name was changed to the King’s Plate in 1901 when Edward VII succeeded Victoria to the throne, but became the Queen’s Plate again in 1952 upon the accession of Elizabeth II.

However, after Elizabeth’s death in 2022 and the accession of Charles III, the arms were reverted to the King’s Plate in 2023.

Hofmans also won the ’97 Belmont with Touch Gold, denying Silver Charm the American Triple Crown.

He also won the ’03 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at odds of 40-1 with Adoration and the ’08 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint with Desert Code at odds of 36-1.

Hofmans won more than 1,000 races, the first being in 1974 at Santa Anita. Ironically, his last victory there was on May 11 with Seventeen Black, a four-year-old gelding.