Things gear up tonight

The top four fin­ish­ers in Trial 1 ad­vance to the Gold Cup and Saucer Race

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS OAKES Nicholas Oakes is cov­er­ing Old Home Week rac­ing for The Guardian, cul­mi­nat­ing with the Gold Cup and Saucer Race on Aug. 19.

On pa­per, Al­ways At My Place seems to be in a league of his own Satur­day night in Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1 but over the years this race has proved any­thing can hap­pen at any time.

The 12-dash evening pro­gram kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park as Old Home Week rac­ing gears up. The top four fin­ish­ers in the $12,500 trial ad­vance to the $60,000 Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer fi­nal next Satur­day night while the next three will race in the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGre­gor con­so­la­tion.

Char­lot­te­town’s lead­ing driver, Marc Camp­bell, drives Al­ways At My Place from Post 6 in the Trial 1 field of seven for trainer Ron Burke and own­ers Burke Rac­ing Sta­ble, Weaver Br­uscemi and Phillip Col­lura of Penn­syl­va­nia and Lawrence Karr of New Jersey. Camp­bell and Burke teamed up to win the 2013 and 2015 edi­tions of the East Coast clas­sic, and this sixyear-old son of Al­ways A Vir­gin ap­pears to be a solid con­tender again this year with him just win­ning in 1:48.2 over Po­cono Downs in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Sky­way Boomer and Stover are not names fa­mil­iar to Is­land race fans but they are al­most en­tirely owned by Is­landers with the part­ner­ship of Jody San­der­son of Doha, Qatar (but formerly from York Point) and Dean Larkin of Kanata, Ont., (formerly from New Glas­gow), along with trainer Jamie Co­p­ley of On­tario, who co-owns as Co­p­ley Sta­bles. Sky­way Boomer has Post 4 with lead­ing Rideau Car­leton driver Brett Mac­Don­ald at the lines while Stover has Post 5 with the na­tion’s lead­ing dash win­ning driver, Bob McClure, in the stir­rups.

Wind­song Leo has rail con­trol for trainer Daniel O’Brian, formerly of New Brunswick but now rac­ing in On­tario as Char­lot­te­town na­tive Ja­son Ryan picks up the drive with the pacer show­ing miles in 1:50 over Mo­hawk Race­way in On­tario.

Gov­er­nor’s Plate cham­pion Do Over Hanover will at­tempt to get Ja­son Hughes his first ap­pear­ance in the Gold Cup and Saucer fi­nal. The Post 2 starter rides a six-race win streak with half of those com­ing for own­ers Al­lard Rac­ing of Que­bec, Steven MacRae of Ver­non Bridge and Red Isle Rac­ing of North Granville.

Shadow Place leaves from Post 3 with Gilles Bar­rieau pick­ing up the drive for trainer Kyle Fel­lows of On­tario. The pacer was a re­cent win­ner in 1:50.3 over Mo­hawk Race­way.

Crom­bie A is handed the out­side Post 7 with Gary Chap­pell in the seat for trainer Rene Al­lard and own­ers Al­lard Rac­ing of Kapildeo Singh of New York. The 11-year-old son of Life Sign was back in his last start but has all kinds of back class as he cur­rently holds the all-age Truro Race­way track record in Nova Sco­tia and formerly held the track records at the CDP and Yonkers Race­way in New York.


A highly com­pet­i­tive field of seven horses will go be­hind the gate tonight in Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1 at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park. Wind­song Leo has rail con­trol for trainer Daniel O’Brian.

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