Lots of speed

Prince County’s most pres­ti­gious stan­dard­bred race goes tonight

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

The 49th edi­tion of Gover­nor’s Plate should not lack drama.

“I think it’s go­ing to be quite a cav­alry charge to that first turn,” said driver Marc Camp­bell. “It’s go­ing to be a re­ally good race for every­body to see.”

Fol­low­ing are the views of all eight driv­ers.

For­ever Par­adise

Adam

Merner has the cov­eted rail po­si­tion in his first-ever Gover­nor’s

Plate.

“We drew a good post, and have a nice horse to drive,” said Merner. “With a lit­tle luck, you never know.”

For­ever Par­adise fin­ished third in the first elim­i­na­tion.

“He’s a su­per fast horse, he has a real good burst of speed and if we can save a lit­tle for the end of it, we could get a piece of the pie,” Merner said.

Do Over Hanover

Camp­bell and Do Over Hanover will look for a re­peat per­for­mance from Post 2 af­ter win­ning the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion in 1:52.1.

“He raced well,” Camp­bell said. “They told me he was lazy, and he was. He’ll be a lit­tle sharper and more used to the cli­mate this week.”

Camp­bell is hop­ing to uti­lize a good post po­si­tion.

“If we can sit three or four go­ing to the quar­ter pole I will be pretty happy,” he added.

Al­ls­tar Seel­ster Vet­eran Nor­ris Rogers re­turns to the Gover­nor’s Plate with Al­ls­tar Seel­ster – the fourth-place fin­isher from the first elim­i­na­tion.

“I think he has a lit­tle bit left in him, and can go a lit­tle faster,” said Rogers. “I don’t know if he can go in 52 or some­thing, but I think he can go in 53 and that may get the job done. You never know.”

Rogers, who has Post 3, says he will “have to leave out a lit­tle bit” at the start.

“There’s go­ing to be some good speed,” said Rogers. “I’m hop­ing to be sit­ting close enough that I can get a good chunk of it.”

Juneb­ugs Baby

Myles Hef­fer­nan said he feels Juneb­ugs Baby “can step up a few notches.”

That is af­ter he over­came a flat tire in the sulky just be­fore the half-mile mark in the

sec­ond elim­i­na­tion.

“The flat tire tired him a bit as he was drag­ging dead weight,” said Hef­fer­nan. “He hung onto fourth. I ex­pect him to be a lit­tle bet­ter this week, and

I’ll make sure my tires are pumped up.”

In­vic­tus Hanover

Ja­son Hughes acknowledged it’s “hard to say” how things will un­fold for him and In­vic­tus Hanover.

“I think there’s go­ing to be some good speed off the gate,” an­a­lyzed Hughes, who has Post 5. “I don’t know if he will get into a tus­sle off the gate, but

I should be able to get set up pretty good.”

Hughes was pleased with In­vic­tus Hanover’s third­place fin­ish in the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion.

“He got into some road traf­fic,” of­fered Hughes. “He’s the type of horse he likes to keep rolling along . . . he hasn’t been used hard yet, and I think he still has a lit­tle left in the tank. I like him.”

Good Fri­day Three

Kenny Arse­nault and Good Fri­day Three leave from Post 6.

“I hope there’s some early speed so I can mop them up at the end,” said Arse­nault. “There is so much in­side speed, you can’t do any­thing else but take back.”

Good Fri­day Three had a strong place show­ing in the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion.

“He never quit, and was still charg­ing at the wire,” said Arse­nault. “If they get a fast half in front of him, it seems to me he’s a fin­isher, so any­thing can hap­pen.”

Hot Deuce

Wal­ter Chev­erie faces the dreaded Post 7 af­ter equalling Hot Deuce’s life­time mark of 1:52.1 in win­ning the first elim­i­na­tion.

“You just see what hap­pens when they say, ‘Go,’” said Chev­erie. “It’s the same as ev­ery race, you take a look over when the gate comes around the turn and see what other horses are do­ing, and who has the whip up and who doesn’t.”

Chev­erie acknowledged there “are a bunch” of horses that like to leave in­side.

“I don’t want to get stung in­side four deep on the first turn and then make front, be­cause you are go­ing to get beat,” ex­plained Chev­erie. “You are go­ing ex­tra dis­tance, and you are go­ing wide open to the quar­ter.”

Crombie A

Crombie A, the sec­ond­place fin­isher for Camp­bell in the first elim­i­na­tion, will have to deal with the out­side Post 8.

“It doesn’t mat­ter, some­body has to leave from there,” said catch-driver Gary Chap­pell. “There is not much sense leav­ing hard with them fel­las, but you never know what will hap­pen in­side ei­ther.

“You just see how it goes.”

“You just see what hap­pens when they say, ‘Go.’ It’s the same as ev­ery race, you take a look over when the gate comes around the turn and see what other horses are do­ing, and who has the whip up and who doesn’t.” Wal­ter Chev­erie

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Ja­son Hughes drives In­vic­tus Hanover dur­ing the sec­ond Gover­nor’s Plate elim­i­na­tion Sun­day at Red Shores at Sum­mer­side Race­way.

Chev­erie

Chap­pell

Camp­bell

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