Statement from Premier King on 52nd running of Governor's Plate in Summerside
Premier Dennis King released the following statement today regarding the upset victory by Bugsy Maguire in Saturday’s 52nd running of the Summerside Chrysler Dodge Governor’s Plate at Red Shores Summerside:
“I had the great privilege of speaking with Walter Simmons this afternoon and sharing my most sincere congratulations on behalf of Islanders and racing fans everywhere, for finally winning the Governor’s Plate with his horse Bugsy Maguire.
For many years, Mr. Simmons has been trying to win this very special harness race and to see him smiling in the winner’s circle, holding the winner’s cooler, was one of the most special and emotional sporting moments in Island history.
Trained under the careful and watchful eye of Wade Sorrie and driven expertly by Brodie MacPhee, Bugsy Maguire broke free just before the three-quarter pole and sprinted to the finish line, much to the delight of all in attendance as well as the thousands tuned in online.
Mr. Simmons, who turned 95 this year, has been around Island harness racing his entire life and has owned hundreds of horses. He has had hundreds of trips to the winner’s circle but has always dreamt of winning his hometown race – the Governor’s Plate. To do so in such thrilling style, upsetting a field of more favoured horses, made it extra special for Mr. Simmons. Bugsy Maguire left from post position four and went off at 13/1 odds.
The sport of harness racing is part of the social fabric of Prince Edward Island and contributes greatly to our economic success. Although COVID-19 has made it difficult for our harness racing industry, a safe, fast and successful week of racing was held at Red Shores Summeriside, culminating with a terrific running of the Summerside Chrysler Dodge Governor’s Plate.
Thank you to all horse owners, drivers, trainers, grooms, sponsors, organizers and fans for making the 52nd running of the Governor’s Plate unforgettable.”
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier