Final farewell to the 'Outlaw'

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Two-time Plate winner will parade consolation entries

SUMMERSIDE –  It was June 11, 2008, at Summerside Raceway, and Outlawpositivcharg was making his first start on Maritime soil.

Outlawpositivcharg and driver Terry Gallant in action at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway.

Owner and Prince Edward Island native Fred Lamont of Calgary shipped in the lower-end claimer from Edmonton to Terry Gallant. He picked up a going-away victory in his first start, and what he would do over the next six years would grab the heart of every Maritime harness racing fan.

"Six years of major, major thrills,” said Lamont, who purchased Outlawpositivcharg as a three-year-old. “Every time you went and watched him he tried his best.

“Most times he was the best, which made life so much more enjoyable being in the horse business."

Many of those thrills came in Summerside, including the biggest win of Gallant's driving and training career – his first-ever Governor's Plate in 2008.

“There's nothing that will ever compare to that win for me, not even winning the Little Brown Jug,” said Gallant.

Gallant dedicated that race to his late mother Ruth, who was battling cancer at the time and joined him in the winner’s circle. That was the last night Gallant's mother ever walked.

"There were memorable moments all the way around," said Gallant.

Outlawpositivcharg tried his luck at the Plate six times, and appeared in four finals.

After back-to-back victories in 2008 and 2009, he finished third in 2010 and placed in 2011.

Lead parade

The ‘Outlaw’ will take one last tour around Summerside Raceway on Saturday night. The 10-year-old gelded son of Blissfull Hall – Electromagnetic will parade the entries in the $6,000 Governor’s Plate consolation pace in Race 9. Outlaw will then enjoy retirement on P.E.I.

"The day that horse retired, I haven't been the same horseman since the horse left the barn," said Gallant.

Numbers speak for themselves

Dubbed the "East Coast Warrior" by P.E.I. track announcer Vance Cameron, Outlawpositivcharg picked up 42 of his 47 lifetime victories under Gallant in the free-for-all ranks, including over 10 invitational victories and a new track record (1:55) in North Sydney, N.S.

He finished fifth in the 2008 Gold Cup and Saucer, and was third in the James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup consolation the following year. His last victory (1:56.2) came in Charlottetown on May 16, 2013.

Longtime groom

Groom Ashley Gamester also developed a close bond with Outlawpositivcharg.

"I knew right from the start that he was a special horse,” she said. “He had already done a lot in the Maritimes when I started to look after him.

“I fall in love pretty easy, but after he won his first few races in 2009, I fell for him pretty hard."

Gamester said 'Outlaw' was always the boss of the barn, and he knew it.

"He would always have his back feet going, pretending he was going to kick you, although he never would,” said Gamester. “He always loved to chew the cords off of my radios too. I think he chewed four or five cords off the first summer I looked after him."

Gamester said she didn't mind having to go buy a new radio every so often.

"Being as good of a horse as he was, he got away with pretty much everything,” she added. “He may have been a little spoiled."

Arrival on P.E.I.

Outlawpositivcharg landed on P.E.I. after Gallant made a call to Lamont. Gallant was looking for an open mare, and Lamont sent him K G Affair.

"I had no idea this horse was coming when Fred put him on the truck in Edmonton,” said Gallant. “He called me two days later and said, ' I hope you have two stalls because I sent you another horse,’" said Gallant. "After his first start I told Fred that I have a real horse here.

"The next day Dr. Ian Moore came up, and he was working on another horse for me. Ian had Astronomical at the time, and I pointed at Outlaw and said, 'I'm coming for you with that horse.’”

Four starts later, Outlawpositivcharg beat Astronomical en route to his first Governor's Plate.

That victory, and a lot of other fond memories, went through Gallant’s mind earlier this week when he saw Outlawpositivcharg for the first time since last August.

"When I went to pick him up there were tears in my eyes, that’s what kind of a ride I was on," Gallant said. "I don't have a son, but I'll tell you, if I had one I wish it'd be just like him."

With files from Bo Ford.

Career Stats

Career statistics forOutlawpositivcharg:

Starts: 155.

Wins: 47.

Record: 1:54.

Earnings: $168,818

 

Geographic location: Edmonton, Prince Edward Island, Calgary Summerside North Sydney Charlottetown

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