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HOT CORNER: Big night at SRW on Saturday

Annual Summerside Boys and Girls Club celebrity golf tournament attracts big names


Published on July 14, 2017

It will be great night of harness racing at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Saturday.

Joe MacIntyre
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The 16-dash card, which begins at 6 p.m., will be highlighted by the 49th running of the Governor’s Plate at around 11 p.m.
The big night also includes the best three-year-old colts in the Atlantic Sires Stakes, mares and aged pacers. Add in three real good horses from outside the region in the Governor’s Plate, and we will see some quick miles. As far as the big race itself goes, post positions play such a vital role in the race’s outcome, especially on a half-mile track.  
The pre-race favourite has to be Hot Deuce based on his 1:52:1 mile in his elimination last Sunday, but he scores from Post 7. How tough is that post position?
In 45 races this week from Sunday to Thursday, the best No. 7 could do is one first, one second and four third-place finishes.
Driver Walter Cheverie will have to give Hot Deuce the drive of his life to contend with Do Over Hanover and driver Marc Campbell, who leave from the very favourable No. 2 hole.
Another highlight of this race will be the local drivers who rarely get a chance to race in Summerside’s big race. Norris Rogers drives Allstar Seelster, and Gary Chappell gets the drive on former Charlottetown track record holder Crombie A.
Add Cheverie’s name, and we have three sentimental favourites for fans to cheer for. All three have paid their dues in the racing game, especially in Summerside. It would be great to see one of the three in the winner’s circle.  

Click here for Vance Cameron's harness racing column on Saturday's Governor's Plate:

Celebrity golf tournament
The 14th annual Summerside Boys and Girls Club celebrity golf tournament is set for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Local club director Adam Binkley has once again assembled a star-studded lineup.
Olympic gold-medallist Donavan Bailey heads the cast that includes former hockey greats Larry Robinson, Frank Mahovlich and Bryan Trottier. Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes and Tessa Bonhomme from Canada’s female national hockey team add to an impressive lineup. Gerard (Turk) Gallant, Heather Moyse, Doug MacLean, Dave Cameron and Forbie Kennedy are just a few of the local celebrities that will participate as well.
It all kicks off with a big dinner gala, which is expected to attract over 800 people, at Credit Union Place on Monday night. This tournament has become one of the top ones on the circuit, and there is no doubt that this year’s edition will only enhance that reputation.

Donovan Bailey
Donovan Bailey was once the world-record holder in the 100-metre dash when he set the standard of 9.84 in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He was clocked at 27.07 miles per hour in that race, and if you compare that to a horse race it shapes up like this – if the Governor’s Plate goes in the 1:52 range, the winning horse will be going about 39.47 miles per hour. That is not a lot of difference. Bailey is now 49 years old. 

Tough players
Darren Langdon and Brett Gallant are without question the two toughest players to ever wear the Western Capitals’ uniform. Both had tremendous respect around the league, and their teams played with a lot more confidence knowing they were in the lineup.
Both will be in this week’s Boys and Girls Club golf tournament. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Brett’s father, Mike (Pinky) Gallant, in the same tough category.
Pinky, as did Langdon, played in the old Island Junior Hockey League, and was as tough as they come. He may have even been the toughest pound-for-pound fighter in the history of Summerside junior hockey.
Fans will never forget those epic battles between Gallant and the Sherwood-Parkdale Metros’ Stevie Gallant. They were great scraps that had old Cahill Stadium buzzing!  
Have a great week!

Joe MacIntyre is a Summerside resident. His column appears every Saturday. Comments and suggestions can be sent to j-mac@eastlink.ca.