Dunachton Gale triumphs

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Dunachton Gale won the 39th running of the Governor's Plate in stakes record time of 1:54.2 at Summerside Raceway Saturday.

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Dunachton Gale won the 39th running of the Governor's Plate in stakes record time of 1:54.2 at Summerside Raceway Saturday.

Veteran trainer-driver Phil Pinkney piloted the six-year-old Maritime-bred stallion to a two and one-quarter length victory with the clocking just two-fifths of a second off the track record of 1:54. It was the fastest mile of the 2007 Maritime season.

Owned by David and Mitchell Fillmore of Berwick, N. S., and Jason Mullen of Weymouth, N.S., Dunachton Gale was winning his fourth straight major invitational and his seventh in nine starts this year.

Lakota Hall (Walter Cheverie) finished second with long-shot Star Style getting up for third ahead of Rigio Hanover and Rookies Raisin.

Dunachton Gale was moved to the outside before the 57.1 half and powered to the lead just past the three-quarters.

The $5,000 Governor's Plate consolation was won by Lies The Truth in 1:54.4 for Truro-based driver Darren Crowe and owner David MacDonald of Halifax. It was the fastest mile of the season for the six-year-old gelding by The Panderosa.

In Friday night's Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Summerside, Nova Scotia-owned colts won four of the six races for three-year-olds.

The most impressive trip was turned in by Force Ore Finesse, who took his $8,800 division in 1:56.1, just a tick off the track record for three-year-olds. Phil Pinkney drove for KPD Standardbreds of Truro as the colt picked up his fifth win of the season.

Pictonian Wayvue took a personal best of 1:58.1 in winning his $8,800 division in 1:58.1 for Clare MacDonald and 90-year-old Carl MacKenzie of Truro while $2,500 B divisions went to Mystic Magnum in 1:58.2 for Danny Romo and co-owners Earl Schurman, Falmouth, Bob Skinner, Truro and Arthur Mercer of Sydney and Beer Drinking Drip in 1:58.1 for Darren Crowe and owner Jimmie Rowe of Truro.

Mr. Sundin won his $8,800 division in a new record of 1:57.1 for Boyd MacDonald Produce and Daniel Ross of Netwton, P. E. I., while Lincoln Legacy won a B division in1:59 for Paul MacDonald and owners Cheryl Poulton and Erin Carver of Charlottetown.

Emmons MacKay of Truro had two winners on the program, winning with Jus Feels Right in 1:58.3 and with Blissful Sky in 2:00.

Pictonian Farms had another sire credit on the card when Crowe drove Pictonian Blue to a 2:00.4 victory in a $1,000 class for owner Tony Zuethoff of Pictou.

Organizations: Star Style, P. E.

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Berwick, Weymouth Nova Scotia Sydney Charlottetown

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