Governor’s Plate final rematch
Do Over Hanover, Crombie A in CDP feature race
The top-two finishers from this year’s Governor’s Plate final are back in action Saturday night.
First-race post time for the 14-dash program at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park is 6 p.m., with 2017 Governor’s Plate-champion Do Over Hanover leaving from Post 6 in the $2,400 Race 13 preferred pace.
Mike McGuigan will drive for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Allard Racing Inc., of Saint-Esprit, Que., Red Isle Racing of North Granville and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge.
The four-year-old son of Western Ideal brings a fiverace winning streak but has not made a start since winning the Plate final in 1:53.2 on July 15.
Crombie A was second that night, but has since raced on July 22, winning the $7,500 Exhibition Cup final at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia in a track-record performance of 1:52.4. Adam Merner gets the driving call from Post 7 for trainer Earl Watts and owners Kapildeo Singh of Yortown Heights, N.Y., and Allard Racing.
Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to Do Over Hanover from Post 6.
“Do Over Hanover arrived on the Island in the midst of a three-race winning streak, and he’s since extended that to five,” MacIsaac said. “With tons of early speed to his inside, he’ll have to come from off the pace, but he’s shown he’s got the versatility to handle any style. Top billing.”
Other entries include Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith), Adkins Hanover (Kenny Arsenault), Forever Paradise (Walter Cheverie), Good Friday Three (Gordie Hennessey) and DGs Camme (Gilles Barrieau).
Race 10 features the $2,250 open pacing mares, with a field of eight top mares assembled. Shadows Mystery gets the nod as the morning-line favourite in the absence this week of perennial open winner Ramblinglily.
Barrieau drives Shadows Mystery for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Gordie Ford. Other top entries this week include Dixie Lullaby (Cheverie) and Prettyndangerous (Merner).