Big Surf equals track record at SRW
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.