SUMMERSIDE – The eight finalists for the Governor’s Plate are now set.
All Turain overcame Post 7 to win the second $5,000 invitational elimination pace at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Monday night in a time of 1:56 flat. Fractions were 28 seconds, 56.4 seconds and 1:26.
“I had a bad post, and it just seems this horse has drawn bad posts all summer,” said All Turain driver Brodie MacPhee, who notched a driving double on the card. “The one time he drew inside he set a track record (1:54) in Fredericton (on Canada Day).”
Judge Jon, Astor and Machinthesand rounded out the top-four finishers to advance to the $25,000 Governor’s Plate 46 on Saturday night, sponsored by Summerside Chrysler Dodge.
“I just hope the classifier gives us a little break, and maybe we can draw inside the car for once,” said MacPhee.
In the first elimination on Sunday afternoon, Red Rock, D Gs Camme, Modern Xhibit and Narragansett qualified. Red Rock was placed the winner after an inquiry by the judges. The adjusted race time was 1:55.1.
The Summerside track record is 1:53.1, set by P H Bestman in the 2010 Governor’s Plate.
MacPhee said weather conditions played a big factor in Monday’s trip.
“There was a big headwind leaving, and a big headwind finishing there,” said MacPhee. “We only went in 1:56, and the last quarter was only 30 seconds.
“There was a strong, strong headwind down the stretch, and that plays a big factor on horses.”
A five-year-old bay gelding by Tell All-Tura Hanover-Dragon Again, All Turain is co-owned by Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. All Turain finished fourth in last year’s Governor’s Plate.
“I hope the conditions are a little better Saturday,” added MacPhee. “I hope I draw better, and I can get my first Governor’s Plate win.”
All Turain got away in the five-hole off the gate, and MacPhee explained how the rest of the race unfolded: “Kenny Arsenault’s horse (Cheyenne Ford) cleared at the quarter pole, and Jason Hughes kept going with Foxyhall Racing’s horse (Astor), and he cleared about the three-eights.
“I came up easy on the outside, and I called on my horse just turning up the backstretch the second time. He cleared and then he fought Mr. Stymest’s horse (Judge Jon) the whole way down the stretch.”
Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old colts were also featured on the 11-dash program. The two A events, each featuring a purse pool of $13,600, were won by Camco Titan (2:00.3) and Putnams Legacy (2:01.4).
Bernard McCallum drove Putnams Legacy for owners Gordon McCabe of Truro, N.S., and Blaise Duff of Big Pond, N.S.
Todd Trites steered Camco Titan for the P.E.I. ownership group of Windemere Farms, Harris Johnston, John Howatt and Roger Burns.
Nova Scotia-owned Dark Thunder (2:04) and Ross Melvino (2:05) won the $2,500 B divisions.
Darren Crowe drove Dark Thunder for owners Roy Springett of Windsor, Charles Piper and Robert Siteman of Valley own Dark Thunder.
Ryan Ellis was in Ross Melvino’s sulky for owners Cameron MacEachern and Joseph Green of Truro.
Other winners were:
Incredible Mike (2:01), Overshadow (2:02.4), Willow Warrior (2:00 – new race-win record), Alcars Spud Baran (1:59.3), Ebandtheboys (1:58.4) and 13-year-old Albert Town (1:59).
The total live wager was $29,232.
Order of Finish
Governor’s Plate elimination order of finish:
1. All Turain
2. Judge Jon
5. Blissful Bro
6. Cheyenne Ford
7. Carrera Angel
Note: Perfect Escape was scratched.