There will be en­tries and ru­mours of en­tries

The field tak­ing shape for the Gold Cup and Saucer race next month in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Oakes Down the Back­stretch Ni­cholas Oakes’ col­umn ap­pears in The Guardian each Fri­day. He can be reached at nichola­soakes@hot­mail.com.

The tri­als for the Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer are com­ing up in just 15 days, and talk ramps up of pos­si­ble en­trants for the East Coast clas­sic

Last Fri­day at Mo­hawk Race­way, Shadow Place was a win­ner in 1:50.3 with Syl­vain Fil­ion in the bike for trainer Kyle Fel­lows. The six-year-old son of Shadow Play is a pos­si­ble en­try in the Gold Cup and Saucer tri­als.

An­other Fel­lows trainee, McKin­ney, was a win­ner in 1:54.2 on Sun­day evening at Ge­or­gian Downs in On­tario as he pre­pares to pos­si­bly come east. Fel­lows has al­ready been on the East Coast as he raced Dixie Lul­laby on Satur­day in Char­lot­te­town.

Cham­pagne Phil is a pos­si­ble en­try for trainer Dean Nixon, who won the 2011 edi­tion of the race with Bliss­full Breeze. The seven-year-old Shang­hai Phil pace was sec­ond his last start at Ge­or­gian Downs, pac­ing the five-eighths oval in 1:51.1.

A pair of en­tries from the Jamie Copley sta­ble is pos­si­ble with the In­ver­ness, N.S., na­tive co-own­ing some high-class an­i­mals with Is­land na­tives Dean Larkin and Jody San­der­son. Sports Light­ning was a re­cent win­ner in 1:51.4 in an $18,000 class over Mo­hawk Race­way in On­tario, and Stover won over the five-eighths oval at Rideau Car­leton Race­way out­side Ot­tawa in 1:54.2 on July 9.

Do Over Hanover is all but cer­tain af­ter cap­tur­ing the 49th edi­tion of the Gover­nor’s Plate ear­lier this month.

The other pos­si­ble Co­p­ley­trainee on a truck headed east is Sky­way Boomer, who has been pac­ing in 1:51 over Mo­hawk Race­way and won over Rideau Car­leton in 1:52.4 ear­lier this month.

Crom­bie A is an­other to ex­pect in the race af­ter record­ing a track-record per­for­mance in the $7,500 Ex­hi­bi­tion Cup In­vi­ta­tional Satur­day at the Truro Race­way. The 1:52.4 mile had Marc Camp­bell in the bike for trainer Earl Watts and own­ers Al­lard Rac­ing Inc., and Kapildeo Singh.

An­other en­try from the Al­lard camp is a pos­si­bil­ity as well as en­tries from train­ers Ron Burke of Penn­syl­va­nia, Vic­tor Puddy of On­tario and Jimmy Tak­ter of New Jer­sey.

Hot Deuce, Good Fri­day Three, Juneb­ugs Baby and His Boy El­roy all have the cre­den­tials to com­pete in the tri­als as well. P.E.I. scene

Is­land rac­ing has suf­fered an­other loss with the pass­ing of Robert MacInnis this week.

The per­son­able 62-year-old trainer-driver plied his trade across the Mar­itimes, but mostly from his home base of the Summerside Race­way.

A win­ner of 654 races and $453,052 in prize money in his ca­reer, MacInnis was known for his easy-go­ing at­ti­tude and kind de­meanour. My con­do­lences to wife Brenda and daugh­ter Mor­gan, as well as the rest of his fam­ily.

My con­do­lences as well to the fam­ily of Ar­lene MacQuar­rie on her re­cent pass­ing. The 67-yearold was the wife of long­time horseper­son Calvin MacQuar­rie of Oys­ter Bed Bridge.

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