Day At The Track

Gold Cup And Saucer finalists return

03:32 AM 29 Aug 2020 NZST
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Red Shores Racetrack and Casino
Red Shores Racetrack and Casino

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of finalists in the biggest race of the season in Atlantic Canada will meet up again Saturday evening in the harness racing Preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The 12-dash Saturday card has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the preferred pacers clashing in race 11 of the program for a $3,000 purse. Simple Kinda Man rallied from last to finish fourth in last week's $60,000 The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final and will retain the services of driver Jason Hughes from post 5 for trainer Chris MacKay and owners D Racing Stable of New York and Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The only time the Sportswriter pacer missed the board this year was a seventh place finish in the $25,000 Governor's Plate final earlier in the season at Red Shores Summerside. Screen Test failed to garner a cheque in the Gold Cup and Saucer final and will have to contend with post 7 on Saturday evening from the Ron Gass stable. Adam Merner will substitute in the driver's seat with regular pilot Corey MacPherson competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia Saturday. Freddy Bear finished a bang-up third in the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and will have post 4 for this week's preferred. Post 6 belongs to JJ Powerball with Gilles Barrieau subbing in for the absent Brodie MacPhee, who is also in Nova Scotia, after finishing fourth in last week's consolation.

The Post Time Picks in Saturday's program place the target on Simple Kinda Man as the one to beat."Simple Kinda Man finished fourth in the Gold Cup & Saucer and closed in a snappy 27.3. We think Jason may be aggressive off the gate and if he does set up shop on the front end he'll be hard to track down."

Other preferred entries include Pillage And Burn (Driven by Ken Murphy), Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) and Nogreatmischief (Gordie Hennessey).

Cowboy Logic will put his winning streak to the test in race 10 of the program in a major test of his four-race undefeated streak. The Western Ideal three-year-old has hit the wire first in his last seven starts but was placed back for interference in his July 25 outing to chop his streak in half. Steven Shepherd will again drive Cowboy Logic from post 6 for his father Harold Shepherd, who co-owns and trains the pacers with Maurice McCabe, Angus Birt and Gerard Ellsworth.

Catch the action live on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.

Can Perfection Reign For Woodmere Stealdeal?

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Fresh off the fastest male rookie mile ever paced on the Eastern seaboard of Canada, Woodmere Stealdeal will put his sights on gold in the Joe O'Brien Memorial stake Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.

The 12-dash Sunday card has a 1 P.M. start time with Woodmere Stealdeal and his undefeated record taking centre stage in race 9 of the day. The $11,700 O'Brien Memorial Gold division for two-year-old pacing colts has Marc Campbell driving the six-time winning son of Steelhead Hanover from post 5 for trainer Danny Romo and owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax, N.S. Other top entries are Dustylanegoliath (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Woodmere Alvin (Corey MacPherson). Woodmere Stealdeal's 1:55.1 victory in his last start tied filly Saulsbrook Alana's 2013 Red Shores Summerside win for fastest ever two-year-old victory in Atlantic Canada.

The Backstretch Beat in Sunday's card is unequivocal about Woodmere Stealdeal's dominance. "Woodmere Stealdeal had every excuse in the world to be beat in his last start but instead threw down the fastest rookie mile in the history of Atlantic Canadian harness racing. He is without peers."

The other $11,700 O'Brien Gold division is in race 3 with Salwater Savage the morning line choice with post 4 in the compact field of five. Mark Bradley is at the reins for trainer Tom Weatherbie and Island owners Kyle Gardiner, Mike Currie and Jerry MacKinnon. The State Treasurer rookie had three straight wins before finishing third against aged company in his last start. The next choices on the morning line are Justcallmedoc (Jason Hughes) and Steel Reefer (Barrieau).

A trio of $6,400 O'Brien grassroots divisions for rookie colts line up in races 1, 4 and 10.

Also on the card is the Lady Slipper Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies and the first $13,000 Gold division sees Southfield Skye (Adam Merner) facing the biggest challenge of her young career from rail sitter Plain Jane (Marc Campbell) who returns from a brief stint racing in Ontario. Southfield Skye has yet to taste defeat racing in Atlantic stakes competition for trainer Glen MacKay Sr., and owner Southfield Farms Inc., of Summerside.

Tobins Brownie is the top choice in the other $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold division with a two-race win streak on the line from the Jonah Moase stable for owners Alex Quinn of York, Carl Peterson of Hunter River and Amy Lakie of Montague. The Stonebridge Terror filly will look to add to her $12,488 in seasonal earnings. The Real McCoy (Campbell) controls post 1 while Woodmere Stella (Barrieau) is second choice from the outside post 6.

The Lady Slipper Grassroots divisions carry $9,000 purses in races 5 and 8.

For more information go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.

By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

 

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