Best In East Converge On Red Shores Summerside For ‘Plate’ 51
By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
SUMMERSIDE, PE – The road to the winner’s circle in the 51st running of the Governor’s Plate became a little more complicated for the two elimination winners after drawing outside post positions for the final race of Governor’s Plate week 2019 at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the premier program with the final of 16-dashes seeing eight entrants line up in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final presented by Township Chevrolet and Noonan Petroleum. Rose Run Quest dominated his elimination last Sunday afternoon with a front end score leaving from post 2 in 1:54.1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Tuesday’s post draw was not as kind as the If I Can Dream gelding was given post 6 for the final.
Defending champion Czar Seelster came to life in his $5,000 Governor’s Plate elimination, winning the other division in 1:54.3 with the winning combination of driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Todd Weatherbee for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. The veteran 10-year-old Stonebridge Regal pacer will have to make things work out from post 7 to defend his title Saturday.
With a kinder post draw, Down On My Luck will have rail control in ‘Plate’ 51 with Walter Cheverie picking up the steer for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. The five-year-old was a second place finisher to Czar Seelster Sunday with Jason Hughes at the lines, but Hughes elected to drive post 4 starter Do Over Hanover in Saturday’s final.
Cecil Ladner Memorial champion Bugsy Maguire will attempt to fulfill a lifelong goal for hometown owner Walter Simmons of Summerside, who looks for his first ever Governor’s Plate title. Myles Heffernan Sr., will steer the U.S. import from post 2 for trainer Wade Sorrie.
Burn Out Hanover has post 3 after rallying from last place to make the final with a fourth place finish in elimination one. The winningest driver in the history of the Governor’s Plate, Gilles Barrieau, will drive for trainer Jeff Holmes and owner Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell.
The winner of the 2017 edition of the race, Do Over Hanover, leaves from post 4 with Hughes driving for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge, Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit, Que., and Don MacNeill of Fort McMurray, Alta.
Screen Test made the final in his first East Coast season after racing as a top three-year-old in Western Canada in 2018. Corey MacPherson handles the driving duties for trainer Stephen Gass and owners Kicking Horse Stable of York, and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta.
The far outside belongs to post 8 starter Euchred for driver David Dowling, trainer Mike Dowling and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. A runner-up in the 2018 edition, Euchred was third in his elimination Sunday after also leaving from post 8.
Also on the top notch card will be the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation, the $2,500 Andrew Perry Invitational trot and the $8,500 Governor’s Plate Fillies and Mares Open final among other top events.
Rose Run Quest, Czar Seelster To Governor’s Plate Final
By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
SUMMERSIDE, PE – Rose Run Quest had to unload a quick final quarter to best his foes but he sealed his spot in Saturday’s $25,000 Governor’s Plate final presented by Township Chevrolet and Noonan Petroleum in elimination action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Marc Campbell sent his charge to the lead and controlled every fraction on his way to the fastest of two $5,000 eliminations on the afternoon program. Owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, Rose Run Quest put down quarters of 27.4, 57.4 and 1:26.2 before fighting off a pair of hard closers with a 27.4 final panel to stop the clock in 1:54.1. Do Over Hanover (Driven by Jason Hughes) came up the passing lane to finish second with Bugsy Maguire (Myles Heffernan Sr.) using a three-wide brush to finish third. The final spot in the fastest elimination went to Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) as he finished fourth and will advance to the final.
The other elimination saw the defending Governor’s Plate champion Czar Seelster and driver Kenny Arsenault prevail after circling up to nail pacesetter Down On My Luck (Hughes) at the wire in 1:54.3. Todd Weatherbee trains the son of Stonebridge Regal for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. Third went to Euchred (David Dowling) while Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) also gets a spot in the big dance.
Ramblinglily won her $3,000 Governor’s Plate Open Fillies and Mares elimination in a huge 21-1 upset in a mile time of 1:56.1 with Todd Trites in the bike for trainer and co-owner Allan Jones and co-owner Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B. Sodwana Bay (Barrieau) went down to defeat by half-a-length in second with Drivingthedragon N (Hughes) third and Bettim Vicky (Campbell) fourth.
Collective Wisdom and Barrieau teamed up to win the other $3,000 elimination as the American Ideal mare won in 1:56.4 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. Rocknrols Image (Hughes) took a two-hole ride to finish second while West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) closed for third and Woodmere Chella (Dowling) makes Saturday’s $8,500 final with a fourth place finish.
Dowling had four wins on the program winning with Khitam Image (2:00.1), Shouldabeenaclown (2:00.2), The Devils Cut (1:59.1) and Varadero Hanover (1:58).
Governor’s Plate Week racing continues Tuesday evening with night card starting at 6:30 P.M. continuing on to Saturday evening culminating in the Governor’s Plate final.
SUMMERSIDE, PE – The 16 finest pacers that call the Eastern Seaboard of Canada home will go hoof-to-hoof Sunday afternoon in eliminations for the prestigious Governor’s Plate at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
With 12 dashes on tap for the Sunday program kicking off at 1 P.M., the two $5,000 Township Chev/Noonan Petroleum Governor’s Plate eliminations will populate the final two dashes of the program.
Race 11 will see eight potential Governor’s Plate finalist face-off for the first four spots in next Saturday’s final that will mark the completion of Governor’s Plate Week racing.
Down On My Luck controls the rail in that contest with Jason Hughes in the bike for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. The pacer has scored three wins so far this season but has yet to hit the winner’s circle in three tries in P.E.I.
Defending Governor’s plate champion Czar Seelster will leave from post 5 in the first elimination for the championship combo of driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Todd Weatherbee. Maritime season’s record holder All Artist (Driven by Mike McGuigan) has post 3 while hard-hitting Invitational pacer Euchred (David Dowling) is saddled with post 8.
Also in the field is Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.), JJ Powerball (Adam Merner), Soccer Hanover (Corey MacPherson) and Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau).
Rose Run Quest and Bugsy Maguire will have another show down in the second Governor’s Plate elimination in race 12. The pair has raced against each other twice with one win each. Rose Run Quest has post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Owner Walter Simmons has searched for a win in his hometown race for years and the Summerside resident will have Bugsy Maguire look for a spot in the final from post 4. Heffernan is in the bike behind the Cecil Ladner Memorial champion for trainer Wade Sorrie.
Screen Test will guard the rail for Corey MacPherson while Noudidnt Blue Chip (Dowling) rides a three-race win streak into post 3.
Other entrants vying for the last four spots in the final are Half Cut (Mark Bradley), Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes), Doctor Royal (Todd Trites) and Revenant (Merner).
The program will also see a pair of Governor’s Plate Open Mares Eliminations in race 6 and 9 carrying a $3,000 purse in each.
Trainer Earl Watts will be special guest on Inside Track with host Lee Drake. The segment airs at 12:35pm on the Red Shores network.
By Nicholas Oakes