Do Over Hanover leads from start to finish in 49th edition of Governor’s Plate
Do Over Hanover led all the way.
The four-year-old bay gelding by Western Ideal-Driven to Sin-Jennas Beach Boy won the 49th edition of the $22,000 Governor’s Plate, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge. Time of the mile was 1:53.2 at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Saturday night.
“It doesn’t happen too often a race (plays) out the way you think, and it didn’t (Saturday),” said winning driver Marc Campbell, who left from Post 2. “I really didn’t think I was going to be on the front.”
Campbell acknowledged he didn’t know how well Do Over Hanover, one of the Plate favourites, could leave.
“I said best-case scenario I would be following Hot Deuce (from Post 7), and I would have been OK with that,” the Winsloe resident said. “I didn’t see if he didn’t get off the gate well or what happened, but we were smoking out of there really fast.”
Do Over Hanover led by three lengths as the field turned for home, and posted an openlength victory over the Gary Chappell-driven Crombie A from Post 8.
“I didn’t want to keep hitting him or anything like that, because I thought we had the job done,” said Campbell, who did acknowledge Crombie A was was charging hard.
“If Gary Chappell had have beaten me for his first Governor’s Plate, I could have lived with that. Gary is a great friend of mine, and I would have liked to have seen him win it as well.”
Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan) was third, and Hot Deuce (Walter Cheverie) came fourth. Hot Deuce won the first elimination in 1:52.1 from Post 2, but the five-year-old bay gelding had Post 7 Saturday.
Campbell noted the biggest surprise of Plate 49 was Do Over Hanover cutting fractions of 26 seconds, 54.4 and 1:23.2.
“I really couldn’t believe it,” he said. “He is a lazy horse and I didn’t want to get caught with
him sleeping, so I kind of had to keep at him the whole way. He seems to go in spurts. He’ll go, he’ll come back to you, he’ll go, but he’ll last forever that horse.”
Do Over Hanover, a 1:53.1 winner in the second elimination on July 9, is owned by Allard Racing Inc. of SaintEsprit, Que., Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Red Isle Racing, comprised of 11 horsemen mainly from the Kensington area. Do Over Hanover is in the care of the father-son team of trainer Chris and Jordan
MacKay of French River on P.E.I.
“He was definitely a little sharper,” said Campbell in comparing Do Over Hanover’s performances in the final and elimination races. “The shipping probably affected him.
“I warmed him up again (Saturday), and he was good. Last week I didn’t prime him up, I wasn’t planning on leaving and was planning on getting to the final. This week, I kind of had him primed up, scored him down a couple of times, got
him behind the gate and that fired him up way more.”
It was the second Governor’s Plate win in a row for Campbell, who drove Ys Lotus to Summerside’s current track pacing record of 1:51.4 in 2016.
“I drove in this race a long time trying to win it,” acknowledged Campbell. “I’m great friends with Rene (Allard), Chris and Jordan MacKay.
“There are a lot of Islanders involved with that horse, and that’s awesome.”
“I drove in this race a long time trying to win it. There are a lot of Islanders involved with that horse, and that’s awesome.” Driver Marc Campbell
Marc Campbell drove Do Over Hanover to victory in the second elimination on July 9 and the Governor’s Plate on Saturday night in Summerside.
Prince Edward Island Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis, second from left, presents the Governor’s Plate to winning trainer Chris MacKay after Do Over Hanover won the 49th edition of the Governor’s Plate, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Saturday night. Also taking part in the presentation are, from left, Warren Ellis, Summerside Chrysler Dodge; Lewis, MacKay, Jordan MacKay, who is looking after Do Over Hanover on P.E.I., and driver Marc Campbell.