Bar­rieau wins

New Brunswick na­tive wins fourth straight Gover­nor’s Plate at Summerside Race­way to be­come race’s win­ningest driver

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

Fourth straight Gover­nor’s Plate win.

The Mar­itime Magic Man is now Mr. Gover­nor’s Plate.

Vet­eran driver and New Brunswick na­tive Gilles Bar­rieau won his fourth straight Gover­nor’s Plate Satur­day, driv­ing DG’s Camme to a 1:54.3 mile in light rain at Red Shores at Summerside Race­way. Frac­tions were 26.3, 55.4 and 1:24.1.

“It was a tough one,” Bar­rieau said. “I thought for sure once I got him in the two-hole in the first turn I would come with him again and make front, but no way, they made me earn it.

“I couldn’t stay in be­hind (early leader and rail-sit­ter Si Se­malu) be­cause he wasn’t go­ing to take me any far­ther. I had to move again, and it was tough. I hated to drive him that way be­cause you just can’t stay be­hind that horse.”

DG’s Camme be­came only the sec­ond horse, along with Out­law­pos­i­tivcharg in 2008 and 2009, to win back-to-back Gover­nor’s Plates, af­ter set­ting the cur­rent track record of 1:53 in last year’s Plate. Big Surf equalled the track record in the sec­ond of two Plate elim­i­na­tions July 11.

Bar­rieau has now won five Gover­nor’s Plates, sur­pass­ing Summerside na­tive Dr. Ian Moore’s four.

“They are all spe­cial,” said Bar­rieau. “I take ev­ery race, even maiden races you win, as spe­cial.”

Plate 47, which fea­tured a $22,000 purse and was pre­sented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, did not lack ex­cite­ment as DG’s Camme and The Rev bat­tled down the stretch. DG’s Camme, po­si­tioned on the in­side, edged The Rev, driven by Danny Romo.

“It was a tight fin­ish,” ad­mit­ted Bar­rieau. The Rev “was by me for a few steps, and this horse came back on.

“I have to give him all the credit be­cause it had noth­ing to do with the drive he got.”

R Caan driver Terry Gallant filed an ob­jec­tion on Romo at the three-eights. The judges ruled The Rev did in­ter­fere with R Caan and was placed sixth.

Third-place fin­isher Im Drinkin Dou­bles was placed sec­ond.

Jackie Mathe­son trains DG’s Camme for P.E.I. own­ers Quentin and Hal Be­van, Tom Clark and Ron Mathe­son. DG’s Camme won the first Plate elim­i­na­tion from Post 8 in 1:53.2.

“He’s a top-notch horse and the Mathe­son guys do a tremen­dous job with him,” added Bar­rieau. “He can come off the pace or you can lead with him.”


The Gilles Bar­rieau-driven DG’s Camme edges out The Rev, 2, at the wire in the 47th edi­tion of the $22,000 Gover­nor’s Plate at Red Shores at Summerside Race­way on Satur­day night.

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