Set­ting the scene

Gover­nor’s Plate elim­i­na­tions go Sun­day af­ter­noon

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It is nearly time to be off and rac­ing at Red Shores at the Summerside Race­way.

Gover­nor’s Plate week starts Sun­day at the Prince County oval with two top-notch elim­i­na­tions head­lin­ing the af­ter­noon card with a 1 p.m. start time.

The first $5,000 elim­i­na­tion goes in Race 10 and has de­fend­ing champ D G’s Camme shoul­dered with Post 8 for driver Gilles Bar­rieau and trainer Jackie Mathe­son. A pair of re­cent re­turnees to the East Coast will look to up­set the sup­posed favourite, as Mach It Big (Marc Camp­bell) has Post 3 and The Rev (Danny Romo) will leave from Post 7. Mach It Big, who is owned by Mikaela Lus­tic of Cornwall, was rac­ing in On­tario for trainer Jonah Moase, win­ning in 1:52.4 al­ready this year at Wood­bine. His last start was a fourth-place fin­ish at Mo­hawk Race­way in a $20,000 claimer.

The Rev is a for­mer Mar­itime stakes star, as the five-year-old son of Western Par­adise bat­tled For­ever Par­adise and Un­touch­able One dur­ing his Mar­itime stint of 2012-13.

In 2015, the pacer is hit­ting his best stride, as he was a win­ner June 20 at Mo­hawk in 1:50.3 for trainer Gregg McNair, and made it a two-race win streak last week at Truro Race­way for trainer-driver Romo with a 1:57.2 vic­tory for owner Jeffrey Skin­ner of Nova Sco­tia.

The first elim­i­na­tion also in­cludes Out­side The Wire (Todd Trites), JRs Hur­ri­cane (Mike Steven­son), All Tu­rain (Corey MacPher­son), Im Drinkin Dou­bles (Marc Whebby) and Nar­ra­gansett ( Jason Hughes).

The sec­ond elim­i­na­tion lines up in Race 12 with a heavy­weight in the field in new­comer R Caan for driver Terry Gallant, trainer Earl Watts and own­ers Al­lard Rac­ing of Que­bec and Rene Al­lard of Penn­syl­va­nia.

The six-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark has been rac­ing in the U.S. for trainer Rene Al­lard and was a fifth-place fin­isher on June 27 at Po­cono Downs in 1:52.1. You may re­mem­ber R Caan in the 2013 Gold Cup and Saucer go­ing pos­si­bly the big­gest trip in the history of the race, lay­ing parked out by Up The Credit in 26.2, 53.2 and 1:21.4 be­fore fin­ish­ing third to Es­cape The News and still pac­ing his mile in 1:51.3 for driver Jason Ryan.

Also in the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion are Water­side Light (Kenny Arse­nault), Per­fect Es­cape (Bar­rieau), Oh To Be Me (Gary Chap­pell), Si Se­malu (Hughes), Big Surf (Camp­bell), Machinthe­sand (Nor­ris Rogers) and For­tune Play­boy (Brett Mac­Don­ald).

Gover­nor’s Plate week con­tin­ues ev­ery night with rac­ing at 7 p.m. Mon­day fea­tures the aged pac­ing mares and At­lantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old pac­ing fil­lies, while the two- and three­yeartrot­ters take to the track Tues­day in ATSS ac­tion. The twoyear-old pac­ing colts bat­tle on Wed­nes­day in the ATSS, with three-year-old pac­ing fil­lies in sires stakes ac­tion Thurs­day and three-year-old pac­ing colts fea­tured on Fri­day.

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