Bill Martin challenges Charlottetown, Kensington mayors to a horse race
SUMMERSIDE — Mayor Bill Martin is challenging two Island mayors to a race.
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Summerside Mayor Bill Martin during Tuesday’s Lobster Festival announcement
Martin, while speaking at the Lobster Festival launch Tuesday, issued the challenge to Kensington Mayor Rowan Caseley and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.
The race — in horse-drawn jog carts around the track at Summerside Raceway at Red Shores Summerside— would take place on Wednesday, July 22.
“There are three double-seated jog carts that are in the barns over at Summerside Raceway and I am going to be sitting on one with Coun. Tyler DesRoches as the driver,” said Martin. “Hopefully, the mayor of Charlottetown will be sitting on the other with a Charlottetown driver and Mayor Caseley will be in the other with a Kensington driver.”
Traditionally, in years past, a week of racing leading up to the running of the Governor’s Plate coincided with Lobster Festival. This year, the only race card, a special card for the festival, is set for July 22.
The Summerside mayor feels confident about the chances of a win by he and DesRoches, a horse owner.
“Tyler tells me that above all else we will win, so I want to issue that challenge.”