For­ever Par­adise draws rail

49th run­ning of Gover­nor’s Plate set for Satur­day night

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

For­ever Par­adise has drawn the cov­eted rail po­si­tion for the 49th run­ning of the Gover­nor’s Plate.

Prince County’s most pres­ti­gious stan­dard­bred race will con­clude Gover­nor’s Plate Week of har­ness rac­ing and the Lob­ster Carnival at Red Shores at Sum­mer­side Race­way late Satur­day night.

The top-four fin­ish­ers from Sun­day’s two $5,000 elim­i­na­tions qual­i­fied for the fi­nal.

The draw for the Gover­nor’s Plate, which is pre­sented by Sum­mer­side Chrysler Dodge and fea­tures a purse of $22,000, was held fol­low­ing Race 4 of Tues­day night’s 12-dash pro­gram.

Do Over Hanover, the win­ner of the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion in 1:53.1, will leave from Post 2 while Al­ls­tar Seel­ster drew the No. 3 hole.

The draw was not kind to the top two fin­ish­ers in the first elim­i­na­tion.

Hot Deuce, the race win­ner in a siz­zling 1:52.1, will leave from Post 7 while Crom­bie A is on the far out­side – Post 8.

Juneb­ugs Baby (Post 4), In­vic­tus Hanover (Post 5) and Good Fri­day Three (Post 6) round out the field.

For­ever Par­adise is a sev­enyear-old bay geld­ing by Western Par­adise-Mari­art-Ar­turo. Adam Merner did the driv­ing for P.E.I. own­ers Regi­nald MacPher­son, David MacKen­zie and Aaron MacKen­zie in the first elim­i­na­tion. Kevin MacLean han­dles the train­ing du­ties.

Do Over Hanover, a fouryear-old bay geld­ing by Western Ideal-Driven to Sin-Jen­nas Beach Boy, is owned by Al­lard Rac­ing Inc. of Que­bec along with P.E.I.’s Red Isle Rac­ing and Steven MacRae. Marc Camp­bell drove in the elim­i­na­tion, and Chris MacKay is the trainer.

Nor­ris Rogers drove Al­ls­tar Seel­ster in the first elim­i­na­tion. Ed­ward Har­vey of Tyne Val­ley owns and trains the six-year-old bay geld­ing by Artis­tic Fella-Aqua Ross-The Pan­derosa.

Juneb­ugs Baby is owned by Jackie Hef­fer­nan of Glace Bay, N.S. Myles Hef­fer­nan trains and drives the eight-year-old brown horse by Western Par­adise-Car­ols Jung Bug-On the Road Again.

Trainer Ja­son (Blue Knight) Hughes steered In­vic­tus Hanover, a six-year-old bay geld­ing by Yan­kee Cruiser-I Sparkle-Ni­hi­la­tor, in the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion for Foxy­hall Rac­ing of Wal­lace, N.S.

Long­time horse­man Wal­ter Simmons of Sum­mer­side owns the Austin Sor­rie-trained Good Fri­day Three, a five-year-old bay geld­ing by Mac Three-Smileallthe­way­home-Grin­fromeartoear. Veteran driver Kenny Arse­nault was in the bike in the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion.

Hot Deuce had peo­ple think­ing the track pac­ing record of 1:51.4, set by Ys Lo­tus in last year’s Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal, could be in jeop­ardy in the first elim­i­na­tion. Wal­ter Chev­erie was in the sulky of the fiveyear-old bay geld­ing by Arm­bro Deuce-Hot Dam Here Iam-A Stud Named Sue in the first elim­i­na­tion. Mike McAl­lis­ter of Beau­mont, Alta., owns Hot Deuce while Pa­trick Shep­herd is the trainer.

Earl Watts trains Crom­bie A for own­ers Al­lard Rac­ing Inc. of Que­bec and Kapildeo Singh of New York. Camp­bell drove the 11-year-old bay horse by Life Sign-Medea Me-Walton Hanover in the first elim­i­na­tion.

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