Set­ting the field

Gover­nor’s Plate elim­i­na­tions set for Sun­day at SRW

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Red Shores mar­ket­ing, brands and PlayWise man­ager Lee Drake

The Gover­nor’s Plate gets one step closer with two elim­i­na­tions Sun­day at Red Shores at the Summerside Race­way. Ac­tion gets un­der­way at 1 p.m. The top-four fin­ish­ers from each elim­i­na­tion will ad­vance to the $22,000 47th run­ning of the Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal, pre­sented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, on Satur­day, July 18.

Last year’s cham­pion, D GS Camme, will be back to de­fend the crown but is sad­dled with Post 8 in the first elim­i­na­tion for trainer Jackie Mathe­son and driver Gilles Bar­rieau.

The five-year-old son of Bliss­ful Hall, owned by Quentin and Hal Be­van, Tom Clark and Ron Mathe­son, has been sharp, reel­ing off two back-to-back vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing a 1:54.4 per­for­mance in his last start at Char­lot­te­town.

This horse has light­ning-fast speed and Bar­rieau knows how to em­ploy it.

The field is loaded with tal­ent with Mach It Big back on the Is­land for trainer Neal Moase, owner Mikaela Lus­tic, and driver Marc Camp­bell. His chart line has a fourth-place fin­ish in 1:52.1 over Mo­hawk.

Pac­ing su­per­star All Tu­rain sits at 7-2 on the morn­ing line and leaves from Post 4 with Corey MacPher­son in the bike for owner Lee Hicken. The ros­ter also in­cludes Out­side The Wire (Todd Trites), J RS Hur­ri­cane (Mike Steven­son), I’m Drinkin Dou­bles (Marc Whebby), Nar­ra­gansett ( Jason Hughes) and The Rev (Danny Romo). Post time is 3:34 p.m.

R Caan, owned by Al­lard Rac­ing Inc., Rene Al­lard and trained by Earl Watts, is the morn­ing­line favourite in the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion. Terry Gallant gets the driv­ing as­sign­ment from Post 7. This guy can fly and many will re­mem­ber his Gold Cup per­for­mance in 2013 when driver Jason Ryan fired him off the gate and helped pro­duce tor­rid frac­tions, in­clud­ing an open­ing quar­ter in 26.2.

The other morn­ing-line favourites are Big Surf (Camp­bell) and new­comer Si Se­malu from the Foxy­hall rac­ing sta­ble. Hughes will do the driv­ing. Other top guns in­clude the red hot Machinthe­sand (Nor­ris Rogers), Water­side Light (Kenny Arse­nault), Per­fect Es­cape (Bar­rieau), Oh To Be Me (Gary Chap­pell) and For­tune Play­boy (Brett Mac­Don­ald). The starter will call the horses at 4:08 p.m.


Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park will host one last card tonight be­fore the ac­tion shifts to Summerside. Post time is 6 p.m. It could be high-fives all around if C L La Rouse ex­tends her win­ning streak to four races in the evening’s fi­nale for driver Corey MacPher­son, trainer Reg Fer­gu­son and his co-owner Paula MacPhee.

The pro­gram fea­tures The Guardian pace in Race 10 with Ufit and Don­nie MacNeill lead­ing the post pa­rade. Po­lit­i­cal Cri­sis (Adam Merner) is listed as the favourite.

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