SUMMERSIDE — The luck of the draw has been on the side of D Gs Camme in the 2014 Governor’s Plate.
After drawing the rail for the first of two $5,000 invitational elimination paces, the four-year-old brown horse will line up behind the starting gate in the exact same position for the 46th running of the Governor’s Plate Saturday night at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway
The top-four finishers in each elimination advanced to the Governor’s Plate final, which features a total purse pool of $25,000. Summerside Chrysler Dodge sponsors Prince County’s most prestigious standardbred race.
D Gs Camme and driver Gilles Barrieau looked like they won the elimination race on Sunday. However, an inquiry by the judges determined that D Gs Camme had interfered with second-place finisher Red Rock just past the eighth pole. That resulted in Red Rock being declared the race winner, and D Gs Camme was placed second.
D Gs Camme had stopped the clock in 1:54.2, but the adjusted race time for Red Rock was 1:55.1.
Barrieau will be back in D Gs Camme’s bike on Saturday.
Ultimate Luck draws in
With All Turain, the second elimination winner in 1:56 flat, suspended following a positive test in Fredericton on Canada Day, Ultimate Luck has been added to the eight-horse field. Kenny Arsenault will drive the six-year-old bay horse from the grandstand side — Post 8.
Astor, Modern Xhibit (Marc Campbell); Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson), Machinthesand, Red Rock and Narragansett round out the field.
The drivers for Astor, Machinthesand, Red Rock and Narragansett have yet to be announced. Jason Hughes qualified Red Rock and Astor, Mark Bradley drove Narragansett in the first elimination and Campbell was in Machinthesand’s sulky in the second elimination.
The $6,000 Governor’s Plate consolation will go in Race 9 of Saturday’s 14-dash card, which wraps up the Lobster Festival meet. The starters, in order of post positions, with drivers in parenthesis, are:
1. Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), 2. Blissful Bro (Campbell), 3. Cheyenne Ford (Arsenault), 4. Likely To Win (Ryan Ellis), 5. Carrera Angel (Rocky Schurman).
1. D Gs Camme
3. Modern Xhibit
4. Judge Jon
6. Red Rock
8. Ultimate Luck
Note: Blissful Bro and Likely To Win are listed as also eligible.