Con­vinc­ing vic­tory

Do Over Hanover leads from start to fin­ish in 49th edi­tion of Gover­nor’s Plate

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

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

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

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.

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

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.

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