Big Surf equals track record at SRW

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JASON SIM­MONDS

Big Surf made a loud state­ment Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The four-year-old bay geld­ing by Some beach some where Skinny Dip-Western Ideal equalled the Red Shores at Summerside Race­way track pac­ing record of 1:53 flat in win­ning the sec­ond of two $5,000 Gover­nor’s Plate elim­i­na­tions.

“I thought I had a le­git­i­mate shot,” said Marc Camp­bell, who drove the Trevor Hicken-trained Big Surf for own­ers Burkie By The Bay Sta­bles of P.E.I., and Perry Burke of Que­bec. “Re­ally, I wanted to get into the fi­nal, but when you have a chance to win it you may as well win it.”

Camp­bell is quite fa­mil­iar with the Jackie Mathe­son-trained Big Surf, adding he can be lazy at times and is the kind of horse he likes to drive.

“I had him all win­ter and then my owner ( Jim Quinn) sold him to the Burke guys,” said Camp­bell, who fin­ished the day with three trips to the win­ner’s cir­cle. “I have a spe­cial con­nec­tion with him, and I al­ways liked him.”

DG’s Camme showed he is not go­ing to re­lin­quish the Gover­nor’s Plate crown with­out a bat­tle.

The five-year-old brown horse by Bliss­ful Hall-Cam Me Kindly- Cams Card Shark over­came Post 8 and be­ing sev­enth at the half to win the first elim­i­na­tion in 1:53.2 for driver Gilles Bar­rieau and the P.E.I. own­er­ship group of Quentin Be­van, Hal Be­van, Tom Clark and Ron­ald Mathe­son.

DG’s Camme set the 1:53 track stan­dard in win­ning last year’s Gover­nor’s Plate.

“You draw eight on a half-mile track, it’s not a very good post,” said Bar­rieau, who recorded a driv­ing hat trick. “You like to be hand­ier the front, es­pe­cially when you are in with a bunch of good horses. It just didn’t work out that way.

“I had to go to Plan B and we were sit­ting third or fourth over, which is not a good thing. It’s a good job I had a good horse to over­come all those things.”

The top four fin­ish­ers from each elim­i­na­tion ad­vanced to Satur­day night’s $22,000 Gover­nor’s Plate, pre­sented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge.

Also qual­i­fy­ing for Prince County’s most pres­ti­gious stan­dard­bred race were The Rev, Im Drinkin Dou­bles and All Tu­rain from the first elim­i­na­tion. R Caan, Si Se­malu and Per­fect Es­cape punched their tick­ets from Elim­i­na­tion 2.

The to­tal live wa­ger for the 12dash pro­gram was $36,006.

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