Governor's Plate Notebook

Jason Simmonds
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Notes from Saturday’s harness racing program at Red Shores Summerside:

Open mares final

For All We Know won the second-richest race of Saturday’s 14-dash program at Red Shores Summerside.

Gilles Barrieau drove the seven-year-old to a 1:56.3 win in the $9,250 open mares final in Race 13. Bruce Wood of Marshfield owns For All We Know.

Keystone Nobility was second and Silky Britches finished in the show position.

Four-year-old Icandothat, driven and trained by Ryan Ellis for owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S., won the $2,500 open mares consolation in 1:57.3.

 

Track record

The richest race, of course, was the 46th running of the Governor’s Plate, sponsored by Summerside Chrysler Dodge. Veteran driver Gilles Barrieau and D Gs Camme set a new track record of 1:53 flat in winning the $25,000 race.

“It’s always nice to have a track record,” said Barrieau. “I’m happy as hell.

“I don’t know how long it will last, but at least I have it for a year I would think (until next year’s Governor’s Plate).”

 

Ties Moore

Barrieau also moved into select company with his fourth career Governor’s Plate victory. He is now tied with Summerside native Dr. Ian Moore for the most victories in Prince County’s most prestigious standardbred race.

 

Governor’s Plate consolation

Locally-owned and trained Blissfull Bro captured the $6,000 Governor’s Plate consolation in a time of 1:55.4.

Walter Simmons of Summerside owns the four-year-old brown horse, and Walter Simmons does the training. Marc Campbell was winning driver.

 

Outlawpositivcharg Retirement Pace

The Governor’s Plate consolation honoured one of the most decorated horses in Governor’s Plate history with the Outlawpositivcharg Retirement Pace.

Owned by Islander Fred Lamont of Calgary, Alta., and trained and driven by Terry Gallant, Outlawpositivcharg won back-to-back Governor’s Plate titles in 2008 and 2009. He appeared in four Plate finals overall.

Gallant presented Lamont with four of the shoes Outlawpositivcharg wore during their amazing run together.

 

Driving wins

Campbell and Barrieau each recorded driving hat tricks on Saturday’s 14-dash program. Ellis and Mark Bradley picked up driving doubles.

 

Top driver for week

Campbell won back-to-back Basil Whelan Memorial Awards as the top driver of the Lobster Festival meet.

 

First time for everything

Veteran track announcer Vance Cameron experienced a first during Saturday’s program.

Cameron, who has been calling races for 38 years, made an appearance on the set of the Bell Aliant Race Show with co-host Lee Drake to discuss the Governor’s Plate.

The set was located near the steps leading out the side doors from Credit Union Place.

By the time Drake and Cameron had completed their segment, officials were starting the next race. Knowing there was not enough time to make it back upstairs, Cameron proceeded to call his first-ever race from the tarmac.

 

Wagers

Overall, a total of $210,069 was wagered on the seven-card Lobster Festival meet. The smallest wager of the meet was $22,509 on Tuesday, July 15.

 

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Organizations: Credit Union Place

Geographic location: Summerside, Brookfield, Prince Calgary, Alta

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