Si Semalu leaving from rail
Si Semalu’s connections are hoping the luck at the draw carries over to Prince County’s most prestigious standardbred race.
The five-year-old bay gelding by Modern-Art-Coqueluche Semalu-Million Dollar Cam drew the coveted rail for the 47th running of the Governor’s Plate at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Saturday night.
The top four finishers from the two $5,000 invitational eliminations on Sunday advanced to the $22,000 final. The draw took place during Tuesday’s race card.
The Jason Hughes-driven Si Semalu, owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., finished in the show position in the second elimination. The Rev, who placed in the first elimination to defendingchampion DG’s Camme, will leave from Post 2. Perfect Escape drew Post 3 while R Caan drew-Post 4.
Summerside native and former Governor’s Plate winner Terry Gallant drove R Caan to a second-place finish behind Big Surf ’s track-equalling 1:53-flat trip in Elimination 2. The P.E.I.- owned DG’s Camme and driver Gilles Barrieau set the current track record in winning last year’s Governor’s Plate, and overcame Post 8 to win his elimination in 1:53.2.
Im Drinkin Doubles, Big Surf and All Turain drew the sixth, seventh and eighth posts, respectively.