Gover­nor’s Plate field set

Hot Deuce, Do Over Hanover win elim­i­na­tion races Sun­day

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

The field for Prince County’s most pres­ti­gious stan­dard­bred race is set.

Hot Deuce and Do Over Hanover won the two $5,000 elim­i­na­tion races be­fore Sun­day at Red Shores at Sum­mer­side Race­way. The top-four fin­ish­ers from each elim­i­na­tion ad­vanced to the $22,000 Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal, pre­sented by Sum­mer­side Chrysler Dodge, on Satur­day night.

The Pa­trick Shep­herd-trained Hot Deuce, a five-year-old bay geld­ing by Armbo Deuce-Hot Dam Here Iam-A Stud Named Sue, stopped the clock in Race 11 in 1:52.1, which equals his life­time best and was the fastest trip of the day.

“He’s a real nice horse,” said Sum­mer­side na­tive Wal­ter Chev­erie, who drove for owner Mike McAl­lis­ter of Beau­mont, Alta. “The nicest horse I have ever driven prob­a­bly.”

Crombie A fin­ished sec­ond, For­ever Par­adise was third with Al­ls­tar Seel­ster fourth.

“It was a nice field of horses, and I drew the mid­dle of the gate (Post 4) with a real nice horse,” said Chev­erie. “He got off the gate real good, got to the front and he races real well on the front.”

Hot Deuce led all the way and cut out frac­tions of 27, 54.4 and 1:23.1. Chev­erie said he hoped to jump out front early.

“That or sit in the top three,” said Chev­erie. “You want to be handy the front in a race like that.”

It was the first time Chev­erie had driven Hot Deuce.

“I let him pace, and just hung onto him,” said Chev­erie. “That’s what Pa­trick told me and gave me real good ad­vice. He said he’s your kind of horse, hang onto him and he’ll haul you as far as you want to go.”

The sec­ond elim­i­na­tion had a more ex­cit­ing fin­ish as Marc Camp­bell drove Do Over Hanover to a 1:53.1 win for Al­lard Rac­ing Inc. of Que­bec, Red Isle Rac­ing and Steven MacRae of P.E.I. Red Isle Rac­ing is com­prised of a group of 11 in­di­vid­u­als from the Kens­ing­ton area.

“It kind of worked out the way I fig­ured it would,” said Camp­bell, who got away fourth. “I thought there would be a lot of early speed, and if I was sit­ting four or five I was happy.

“We got some good cover, and he cleared go­ing to the three-quar­ter pole. From there he dug in, and he’s a grinder.”

As the field turned for home, the top-four fin­ish­ers were all grouped to­gether be­fore Do Over Hanover pulled away in the stretch run.

“I al­most cleared go­ing up the back­stretch, I didn’t quite have enough room,” ex­plained Camp­bell, who drove Ys Lo­tus to the cur­rent track pac­ing record of 1:51.4 in the 2016 Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal. “If I had have cleared there he prob­a­bly would have went a lit­tle faster.

“I didn’t want to get in trou­ble and hit some­body. We played it safe and went from there.”

Chris MacKay trains Do Over Hanover, a four-yearold bay geld­ing by West­ern Ideal-Driven to Sin-Jen­nas Beach Boy.

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Wal­ter Chev­erie drives Hot Deuce to a 1:52.1 win in the first of two $5,000 Gover­nor’s Plate elim­i­na­tions at Red Shores at Sum­mer­side Race­way on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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