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