Setting the field
Governor’s Plate eliminations set for Sunday at SRW
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.