Back to de­fend ti­tle

Se­cond Gold Cup and Saucer Trial in­cludes 2016 champ Ys Lo­tus

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

The last four fi­nal­ists for next Satur­day’s $60,000 Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer fi­nal will be de­cided tonight at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park and last year’s win­ner Ys Lo­tus is back on red soil to de­fend his ti­tle.

The $12,500 Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer trial is carded as Race 12 on the pro­gram with a 7 p.m. first race post time for the Mon­day evening card.

Ys Lo­tus has Post 3 and is re­united with driver Louis Phillipe Roy for trainer Rene Al­lard and owner Yves Sarazin of La Pre­sen­ta­tion, Que.

The six-year-old son of If I Can Dream is fresh off a 1:51.1 vic­tory over the half-mile oval at Saratoga Race­way in New York but gets some tough com­pany as he at­tempts to de­fend his un­beaten record on P.E.I.

Arque Hanover has Post 1 with Gilles Bar­rieau pick­ing up the catch-drive for trainer Dy­lan Davis of Delaware.

The morn­ing line favourite has 16 life­time wins, in­clud­ing a 1:49.4 record taken over Har­rah’s Philadel­phia in Penn­syl­va­nia.

One of the two lo­cal horses, Good Fri­day Three, has Post 2 for trainer Austin Sor­rie and owner Wal­ter Sim­mons of Summerside with Clare Mac­Don­ald listed to drive.

McKin­ney leaves from Post 4 for driver Ja­son Ryan, for­merly of Char­lot­te­town, and trainer Kyle Fel­lows fresh off a 1:50.2 se­cond-place finish at Mo­hawk Race­way in On­tario.

The pride of Sum­merville, Juneb­ugs Baby, who fin­ished third in this year’s Gov­er­nor’s Plate fi­nal in Summerside, has Post 5 for trainer-driver Myles Hef­fer­nan and owner Jackie Hef­fer­nan.

Sports Light­ning has Post 6 for the own­er­ship group of Jody San­der­son of Doha, Qatar, but for­merly of York Point and Dean Larkin of Kanata, Ont., but for­merly of New Glas­gow along with trainer Jamie Co­p­ley of On­tario.

Canada’s lead­ing dash­win­ning driver, Bob McClure, is in town for Old Home Week 2017 and will do the driv­ing.

The rich­est horse in the field is Post 7 starter Sap­phire City, a half-mile spe­cial­ist with $1.3 mil­lion in ca­reer earn­ings with 56 wins and a mark of 1:49.3 over Har­rah’s Philadel­phia.

The Trial 1 win­ning duo of driver Marc Campbell and trainer Ron Burke teams up again for Penn­syl­va­nia own­ers Burke Racing Sta­ble Llc, Weaver Br­uscemi Llc., and M1 Sta­ble Llc.

The top four fin­ish­ers in Mon­day’s trial will join Al­ways At My Place, Shadow Place, Do Over Hanover and Crom­bie A in Satur­day night’s Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer fi­nal to cap off Old Home Week 2017.


Fern Hill Bella, with rider Todd Trites, leads the way dur­ing a race in the At­lantic Sires Stakes three-year-old Fillies B Di­vi­sion at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park on Satur­day.

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