Say It Again goes for seven straight; Governor's Plate week underway

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Say It Again Sam goes for his seventh straight victory at the Charlottetown Driving Park today at 6 p.m., while Summerside Raceway gets ready to launch Governor’s Plate week with eliminations set on Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m.

Say It Again Sam, a three-year-old son of Well Said-Northern Rosa, meets his stiffest competition yet as the Foxyhall racing-owned pacer races in today’s 12-dash program.

Jason Hughes will be in the bike for the attempt and takes Say It Again Sam from Post 2 with pressure expected from Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and Artist List (Gary Chappell). Both will have to leave on the outside so that could complicate matters.

Sterling Seelster lands on the pylons for this matchup for trainer Doug MacGregor, owner Marie Cameron of Summerside and driver Walter Cheverie.

The rest of the lineup includes Capitalism (10-1), R Sonoflife (12-1),Painted Pony (4-1) and Artners In Crime (8-1).

Pictonian Walton (Cheverie) goes after his third win in a row in Race 7 for the Roger MacRae stable of Belfast. Saulsbrook Balance is the morning line favourite in the trot feature in Race 3 for driver Willie Murphy, trainer Cindy MacDonald and co–owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris.

Two drivers are on the verge of milestone victories as Mike Stevenson is only five wins away from career win 1,500 and veteran Gary Chappell is closing in on win 2,500.

In Summerside, it’s showtime with Governor’s Plate eliminations on Sunday and Monday.

The fields are loaded with talent and speed with the top four horses, from each elimination, heading to the 46th running of the Governor’s Plate Saturday, July 19.

The first elimination, which carries a purse of $5,000, has D Gs Camme and Gilles Barrieau off the rail for owners Quentin Bevan, Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson of Charlottetown.

The Jackie Matheson trainee was a six-length winner in his last start in 1:55.4. He’ll line up beside Likely To Win with Ryan Ellis and Red Rock the newest edition to the Island racing ranks.

This guy has been turning some heads.

Red Rock is coming off a 1:53.4 win a Yonkers Raceway in New York with eight victories on his resume from 17 starts this season. Jason Hughes will drive for new owners Donald MacRae, Bryan MacRae, Steven MacRae and Melissa Trainer of Vernon Bridge. Another Hughes stable-mate, Narragansett, fires from Post 4 with heavy weight Touch of Lightning starting from the five hole.

Carnivore, owned by Valleygrove Farms, Kensington, gets into the hunt from post seven for driver Mike Stevenson. Stevenson is only five wins away from career victory 1,500.

Ultimate Luck gets reunited with Kenny Arsenault when they teamed up to scorch Summerside on June 22 in 1:54.3. They leave from Post 7 with Modern Xhibit drawing Post 8. He is the morning line favourite from race secretary Gerard Smith.

Modern Xhibit is fresh off a torrid 1:54.2 second place finish to All Turain at Fredericton, N.B., on Canada Day. Marc Campbell will drive for trainer Jonah Moase. Smith is going with 8-3-1 while race analyst Jared Stretch’s triactor ticket is 3-8-7.

The Sunday card also carries three LobsterFest Open Mares Eliminations with Firstclassflight, Bunny Mach and Stayoutofmyaffair all listed as morning line favourites in their respective events.

The second Governor’s Plate elimination goes Monday and All Turain and driver Brodie MacPhee will go after plate 46 when they start from Post 7.

The pacer shows back-to-back winning performances including the track record in 1:54 at Fredericton for trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague and Lee Hicken of Charlottetown.

The invitational star takes on triactor candidates Machinthesand and Astor.

The second elimination also includes Blissfull Bro (Todd Trites), Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson), Carrera Angel (Rocky Schurman), Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) and Perfect Escape (Walter Cheverie).

Also, Atlantic Sires Stakes two and three-year-old pacers and trotters will be showcased at Summerside as part of the Summerside Lobster Festival harness racing action.

 A full stale of Atlantic Sires Stakes events will take place throughout the course of the week, beginning with the two-year-old pacing colts on Monday where two A divisions each go for a purse pool of $13,600 and two B divisions will each go for $2500.  

First race post time on Monday is 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, the two and three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes-Meridian Farms trot events will be hosted at Summerside.  The two-year-old trotters will go in two divisions, each for a purse pool of $8,820, and the three-year-olds will also go in two divisions for $8,620.

First race post time on Tuesday is 7 p.m.

Atlantic Sires Stakes events continue Wednesday when the two-year-old pacing fillies meet for competition. Racing action on Thursday will include the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies and on Friday the three-year-old pacing colts will take to the Summerside oval.

On the web at www.redshores.ca and www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca.

Compiled by Lee Drake, manager of sales and marketing for Red Shores

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown Driving Park, Charlottetown Red Rock Belfast Fredericton New York Vernon Bridge Kensington

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