No ex­cuses needed

D Gs Camme pre­vailed in Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal

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If D Gs Camme had of been beat he would have had ev­ery ex­cuse in the book for why it hap­pened, but no ex­cuses were needed Satur­day night at Red Shores at the Summerside Race­way.

The five-year-old son of Bliss­full Hall was sent off the gate from Post 5 in Satur­day’s $22,000 Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal and was strung hard to the quar­ter in 26.3 as Si Se­malu took ad­van­tage of rail con­trol to se­cure the front. D Gs Camme took a short-lived two-hole ride af­ter the hard opener and was out and mov­ing through a 55.4 half-mile mark be­fore strik­ing front and reach­ing three-quar­ters in 1:24.1.

When The Rev came call­ing down the stretch, a lot of horses would have packed it in but D Gs Camme pre­vailed by a neck in 1:54.3 in rainy weather for driver Gilles Bar­rieau, trainer Jackie Mathe­son and own­ers Ron Mathe­son, Tom Clark and Quentin and Hal Be­van.

The Rev fin­ished sec­ond but was placed sixth for in­ter­fer­ence on R Caan ear­lier in the race, leav­ing Im Drink­ing Dou­bles sec­ond for Marc Whebby and All Tu­rain third with Corey MacPher­son in the bike.

D Gs Camme has another tall task in or­der Satur­day in the $7,500 Ex­hi­bi­tion Cup at Truro Race­way in Bi­ble Hill, N.S. The pacer has drawn Post 7 in a seven-horse field with Bar­rieau in the bike.

All Tu­rain has rail con­trol with MacPher­son, while The Rev (Danny Romo) has Post 2.

Driver Marc Camp­bell had two se­lec­tions in the race and has opted to driver Summerside track record holder Big Surf from Post 4, while trainer Neal Moase has listed Todd Trites to sub-in for Camp­bell on Post 3 starter Mach It Big. R Caan (Terry Gallant) has Post 5 with Im Drink­ing Dou­bles (Whebby) leav­ing from Post 6.

The Ex­hi­bi­tion Cup is carded as Race 11 on the 7 p.m. Satur­day pro­gram at Truro Race­way as the half-mile oval is in the midst of Grand Cir­cuit Week rac­ing.

P.E.I. Scene

The Gover­nor’s Plate card also had a scary mishap in the open mares fi­nal in Race 12 on the card as Wil­low War­rior mis­stepped and fell to the track at the three-quar­ter pole. Driver Mark Bradley was thrown to the ground while Veron­i­caver­mil­lion and driver Mike McGuigan were un­able to avoid the ac­ci­dent, un­seat­ing McGuigan.

Thank­fully, both horses ap­peared not to have suf­fered ca­reer-end­ing in­juries, while McGuigan walked off the track on his own power and Bradley was re­leased with a mi­nor in­jury from Prince County Hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing taken there by am­bu­lance for pre­cau­tion­ary tests.

The fact that no one was se­ri­ously in­jured, and the horses were quickly caught and at­tended to speaks vol­umes for the qual­ity of the driv­ers, train­ers and horses in Is­land rac­ing, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing five other horses vir­tu­ally avoided the ac­ci­dent.

Satur­day’s card at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park prom­ises to be an ac­tion­packed af­fair, as a num­ber of new horses are com­pet­ing in­clud­ing four new open trot­ters to the Is­land ranks. Is­land na­tive David Dowl­ing also has three horses com­pet­ing on the pro­gram, as the for­mer Cornwall res­i­dent moved some horses from his On­tario base.

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