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Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park has announced The Guardian newspaper will take over the reins as title sponsor of the Gold Cup & Saucer. The 59th running of the prestigious race will take place on August 19th "On behalf of the entire SaltWire Network across Atlantic Canada, including the 90 staff members at The Guardian and Journal Pioneer, we are thrilled to re-unite two long-standing community traditions on P.E.I", said David MacKenzie, Regional President- P.E.I for the SaltWire Network. "The Gold Cup & Saucer and The Guardian share a long and storied history tracing back to 1960 when Guardian publisher Bill Hancox and fellow Gold Cup & Saucer founder Frank 'Duck' Acorn started what has grown to be one of the world's most spectacular harness racing events. We are very thankful to Red Shores and the harness racing industry for this new three-year agreement that commits us all to continuing to build on that magnificent legacy". Called the Greatest Show in Harness Racing, the Gold Cup & Saucer attracts some of the best horses and drivers throughout North America. "We're very excited to have the Guardian as the title sponsor," said Adam Walsh, Race Manager at Red Shores. "The Guardian has watched this event grow into one of racing's biggest sporting events so it's only fitting they celebrate in the success as we approach another milestone." The countdown is underway with the official press conference scheduled for Tuesday August 7th with Gold Cup & Saucer Trial one on Saturday August 11th and Trial two on Monday August 13th. By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Lori Hennessey gets goosebumps when she thinks of the harness racing  Gold Cup & Saucer. “There’s nothing more exciting,” the Charlottetown native said. “Even if it is pouring rain, when they shut those lights off and they parade the horse on the spotlight, there’s nothing like it.” The Gold Cup & Saucer is the most prestigious harness race in North America, but for many people it’s so much more than a race. It’s the premier event for the biggest week of the summer in Prince Edward Island – Old Home Week – a time for people living off-Island traditionally to come home and spend time with family and for tourists to visit the province. “It’s pretty special,” Hennessey said. “Everybody comes home for Old Home Week.” The week has always been a busy one for her family, which has a rich harness racing history. Lori’s birthday is Aug. 17, her sister, Linda (Bubby), was born on Aug. 18 and their brother, Jody, and their father, Joe, were born on Aug. 19. “It would always land on Old Home Week, those three days,” Lori said. Lori and her sister, Francie, both work at The Guardian and were thrilled to hear the news the company will be the title sponsor for the big race after a three-year deal was signed earlier this week. “Woohoo,” Lori said upon hearing the news. “We’re excited,” Francie added. Related: The Guardian returns as title sponsor of the Gold Cup & Saucer They grew up with The Evening Patriot sponsoring the Gold Cup & Saucer and are pleased the company is back in the title position. Lori joined The Guardian in 1989 and Francie joined her a couple of years later. Their brother, Wally, won the race in 2001 and 2005 and is a hall of fame driver with more than 9,600 career victories. “It is such a prestigious race (and) not just if you’re from Prince Edward Island,” he said. “The Gold Cup and Saucer is world-renowned.” Wally said any driver, including himself, can get butterflies before a Gold Cup start. “There is a lot of nerves going into the race, but as a driver . . . once you get into the sulky behind the horse and get on the track, it’s business as usual,” he said. He noted the big race does present a bit of a wrinkle with the pomp and ceremony meaning horses can be on the track 25-40 minutes more than normal before the starter’s gates close. “Horses are athletes the same as we are, and when they have a change like that some are able to adapt to it and some aren’t,” Wally explained. “It’s just amazing. It’s like a good coffee, if you get the right brew, you’re going to draw the crowd, and evidently the people seem to like this.” -Mel Jenkins Francie recalled meeting Wally early in the night before he won his first Gold Cup & Saucer. “He said, ‘I’ll see ya’s in the winner’s circle’,” she said, quickly reflecting back to the memorable race. “He was dead last. Coming on the end, his horse just went right from the very back right to (the front). It was unreal.” It is part of what makes the big race so special to so many people. Guardian columnist Fred (Fiddler) MacDonald has covered many of the races for this newspaper. He said what separated it from other races was always taking the best horses, whether they be from the New England states or eastern Canada. “We see them on TV at Yonkers and the Meadowlands and then the next thing you see them out here,” he said from the track. The race has also spurred interest in the ownership side of the sport. “People would buy horses to try and get in the Gold Cup & Saucer,” MacDonald explained. “It’s so popular that guys are still, to this day, trying to buy horses to win the Gold Cup & Saucer.” Mel Jenkins was the manager at the track when the race was born. It was a different time when there were 28 race tracks across the province and every farm had a horse. Jenkins recalled the publicity The Patriot-sponsored race generated in the community leading to large crowds on race day. “We found that by doing this we got headlines on the front page of the newspaper, whether it was The Patriot or The Guardian,” he said. “The grounds would be full. The grandstand was a double-decker grandstand at that time and it would hold 6,000-7,000 people,” he explained. “Down below there wasn't room to move – there was so many people.” Jenkins marvelled at the staying power of the Gold Cup & Saucer. “It’s just amazing,” he said. “It’s like a good coffee, if you get the right brew, you’re going to draw the crowd, and evidently the people seem to like this.” By Jason Malloy Reprinted with permission of The Guardian

The International Harness Racing community and those visiting Prince Edward Island for the first time were literally blown away by the atmosphere and the huge, enthusiastic crowds for both the World Driving Championships and the Gold Cup and Saucer. Almost all the representatives from the visiting countries were in envy of Prince Edward Island horsemen by the wholehearted support from the provincial governments (s) which has turned Prince Edward Island into the mecca of harness racing in Canada. PEI hosted the World Trotting Conference during Old Home Week and representatives from the 17 participating countries met to share views on topics of importance to the world harness racing community. The many workshops and meetings that were held using the crowded Old Home Week of racing as a background and it couldn't have made for a more enjoyable 10 days here in this harness racing stronghold. The 5th and final leg of the World Trotting championships went on Friday night and when the dust had settled PEI's James MacDonald, representing Canada, emerged as the 2017 World Champion Driver having accumulated the most points in the five city series featuring the top drivers from around the world. James was the only driver to have won at least one win in the four previous World Drivers Championship stops but even though he did not win here, he had built up a substantial lead to clinch the title. James not only received the top prize of $25,000 but earned the right to represent Canada at the World Driving Championships in Sweden in 2019. The uproar and support of James from his home province was stunning and when second and third place drivers Marcus Miller (USA) and Mika Forss (Finland) lifted him onto their shoulders during the winners circle presentations, the roar from the crowd could be heard across the province. James is only the fourth Canadian driver to ever win the World International Drivers crown and the first time a Canadian has ever won on home soil. The country representatives and the participating drivers were in awe of the wonderful facilities here and of the passionate crowds which some estimated as high as 15,000 for Friday night and almost as many that arrived for the Gold Cup and Saucer Race despite persistent rains and winds that drenched many from 3:00 in the afternoon until race time. Anything Can Happen in a Horse Race Shadow Place Upsets in Cup and Saucer The old adage that anything can happen in a horse race surfaced Saturday night at rain drenched Red Shores Charlottetown, aka the CDP, for the 58th running of the prestigious Gold Cup and Saucer. Shadow Place, co-owned by Rob Fellows of Niagara Falls and Carl Stafford of Conception Bay, Newfoundland was not considered a prime contender especially since the ease with which Always At My Place dispatched of his rivals with that open lengths 1:51:1 score in his Trial victory. His elimination win was under ideal conditions and Saturday's night's Gold Cup and Saucer was raced in a downpour over a very sloppy track, conditions where bettors can usually toss away the form charts. In this one, Marc Campbell hustled Almost At My Place right to the front in the sloppy track with Sapphire City (Anthony MacDonald) a tight 2nd past a sizzling opening quarter of 27:1 with the others gapped out. For a while it looked like a 1-2 Ron Burke Stable finish as the field hustled past the half in 54:1 with the eventual winner Shadow Place (Gilles Barrieau) a long way back and not looking like a winner at this stage of the race. Half-way up the backstretch, the rain and the track conditions appeared to be taking a toll on the front end and in addition Sapphire City was obviously having health issues and stalled badly. At the top of the stretch, Arque Hanover (Marcus Miller) and Shadow Place raced into conteention and one could sense that the heavy favourite was in trouble. Owned by Rob Fellows of Ontario and Carl Stafford of Newfoundland, Shadow Place stormed down the stretch to pass Always At My Place in deep stretch for the one length 1:53.2 victory. The victory was the 4th Gold Cup and Saucer score for Gilles Barrieau and the win also clinched the Francis McIsaac Driving Award as the top driver during Old Home Week, an award which Francis held 10 previous times. Louis-Philippe Roy won four times on the Gold Cup and Saucer card to win the Chucker's Trophy Award as the top percentage driver for the week. PEI Solidifies Harness Racing International Reputation PEI Harness racing fans and the legions that travel here every year for the Old Home Week racing and the Gold Cup and Saucer made a lasting impression on the International harness racing community. Those here for the World Trotting Conference and for the World Driving championships were literally shocked by the enthusiastic crowds and by the City itself. It would not surprise me that if one day perhaps within a decade that the World Trotting Conference and the World Driving Championships returns again to this province, that's the kind of impression this little Island made on the International stage. It could happen ! By Fred MacDonald Reprinted with permission of the Peicanada.com site

Charlottetown, PE - The official harness racing draws took place this morning for two Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer trials that will lead up to the 58th running of Prince Edward Island's signature race on Saturday August 19th at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. There are 16 Islanders who are connected to six starters as owners or trainers in the 2017 trials. The first trial will be Saturday August 12th with the second trial being staged on Monday August 14th. For race dates, live race broadcasts, race replays and more go to www.redshores.ca Here are the fields:   Sobeys Gold Cup Trial 1 1. Windsong Leo by Jeremes Jet 2. Do Over Hanover by Western Ideal 3. Shadow Place by Shadow Play 4. Skyway Boomer by Sportswriter 5. Stover by Rocknroll Hanover 6. Always At My Place by Always A Virgin 7: Crombie A by Life Sign   Sobeys Gold Cup Trial 2 1. Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven 2. Good Friday Three by Mach Three 3. YS Lotus by If I Can Dream 4. McKinney by Santanna Blue Chip 5. Junebugs Baby by Western Paradise 6. Sports Lightning by Sportswriter 7: Sapphire City by Metropolitan   Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - YS Lotus overtook his stablemate and fellow trial winner Go Daddy Go down the backstretch and paced away to a 1:50.1 record victory in the 57th edition of the $60,000 Sobey's Gold Cup & Saucer to close out the Saturday, August 20 card just after midnight at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy and YS Lotus gave trainer Rene Allard his second victory in P.E.I.'s signature race while Go Daddy Go and Brad Forward completed a sweep of the top-two spots for owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, Que. YS Lotus lowered the 1:50.3 all-age track record set by the Allard-trained Crombie A during last year's Gold Cup & Saucer trials. The time of the mile also equalled the Canadian record for older pacers on a half-mile track, which was established by Rockin Ron in this year's Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. To read the rest of story click here.  

Charlottetown, PE - The official draws took place this morning for two harness racing Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer trials that will lead up to the 57th running of Prince Edward Island's signature race on Saturday August 20th at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Harness racing's richest horse, Foiled Again ($7,441,732), has been entered to compete in the legendary race. The first trial will be Saturday August 13th with the second trial being staged on Monday August 15th. For race dates, live race broadcasts, race replays and more go to www.redshores.ca Here are the fields: Sobeys Gold Cup Trial 1 1. Foiled Again 2. Ys Lotus 3. D GS Camme 4. Big Surf 5. Shades of Bay 6. Highland Tartan 7: Senior Market Sobeys Gold Cup Trial 2 1. Limelight Beach 2. Alexas Jackpot 3. Mr Massimo 4. Big Boys Dreams 5. Go Daddy Go 6. Paparazzi Hanover 7: Dialamara Lee Drake                               Lee A. Drake   Manager Marketing, Brands & PlayWise   Red Shores Racetrack and Casino   Charlottetown & Summerside Locations   21 Exhibition Drive l Charlottetown, PEI l C1A 9S8   p: 902-620-4222 Ext 4263 l c: 902-629.0836 l f: 902-620-4324   www.redshores.ca       Free Admission every night at 9pm for 19 years of age or older during Old Home Week! For post times, casino hours and the Gold Cup & Saucer go to www.redshores.ca                   You must be 19 years of age or older to play, purchase or redeem Atlantic Lottery Products.                                   "Contains confidential information, including proprietary AL or third party information, advice and/or recommendations, the disclosure of which may harm AL's or a third party's financial interests; Not intended for public distribution."       ********************************************************************** This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately.   Le présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.  

The nomination deadline is quickly approaching for the 57th running of the harness racing Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer. The fee is $500 and nominations close on Monday August 8, 2016 at 3pm (AST). Contact the Red Shores race office at 902.629.6634. The Gold Cup & Saucer final on Saturday August 20, 2016 goes for $60,000 with the Consolation carrying a purse of $30,000. For conditions and details on the Gold Cup go to www.redshores.ca   Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Grandstand seats for the 2016 Gold Cup & Saucer harness racing meet at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park will go on sale Tuesday July 5th at 9 a.m. (AST). The price is $55 per seat (tax included) and also includes a BBQ voucher. Customers can purchase them in person at the Red Shores' race office in Charlottetown or by phone at 902-629-6636. The 57th edition of the Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer will take place on Saturday August 20th, 2016. By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The official countdown to the 2016 Gold Cup & Saucer gets underway Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The legendary CDP oval opens the curtain with 10 races and a 6pm post time. The evening's top class will feature the preferred pacers in race 5 with the starter calling the horses to the gate at 7:08pm. Race analysts Gerard Smith and Les MacIsaac are split in their top selections with Smith giving the classifier's choice to newcomer Euchred (5-2 odds) who makes his Island debut from post 3 for driver Jason Hughes, trainer Walter Walker and owner Kayla Habicht Walker, Inverness, NS. The four-year-old son of Shadow Play won his last start by three lengths over Flamboro Downs on March 24th. MacIsaac, a race handicapper for over 20 years in Charlottetown, has listed Idealic Life as the one to beat. "The only thing hotter than this horse at the end of the last meet was his driver Corey MacPherson. If they're as dangerous a combination as they were then, he'll be hard to deny." Trevor Hicken trains the pacer for Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston and goes into the event with a seven race winning streak. Hicken and Livingston will also send out Bazillion from post 5 with Brian MacPhee listed to drive. This horse loves to bust the gate so he should be the one laying down the early fractions. The other newcomer in the match-up is Bolero Trisco off the rail. Trainer Neil Bambrick qualified the Ontario invader for owner Jonah Moase but hands the lines to veteran Gary Chappell. Eagle Jolt will line up from post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and the ownership duo of Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Campbell and Hughes, who shared top driver honors for second year in a row, were named as part of the line-up in the Regional Driving Championship coming to the city on June 25th. The information was released Thursday with Walter Cheverie and Corey MacPherson also representing the Island team. In other action, Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) gets the top call in the 8th annual PEI Poker Challenge pace in the 10th race finale. Race fans will be treated to a number of on-track promos with the first 150 customers who buy a race program after 5pm receiving a Red Shores gift, radio personalities Gerard Murphy of Ocean 100 and Laura Woodworth with Hot 105.5 will make an appearance on the broadcast and details will be released on the new $100,000 Dash for Cash coming in June. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores    

Charlottetown, PE - The 56th edition of the Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer will go post at 3pm today (Sunday) at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The signature race was cancelled prior to the start due to severe thunder storm that hit Prince Edward Island. The live broadcast will go to air at 2pm with the horses and drivers on post parade at approximately 2:20pm with the singing of the Island Hymn. The wagering windows will be open for selling at 1:30pm. All tickets purchased on the Saturday Gold Cup will be refunded. Watch history live at www.redshores.ca Lee A. Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN – When harness racing trainer/driver Danny Romo leaves from the post position tonight, he’ll have the shortest route to the biggest race of his life. Danny Romo has been working with The Rev for the better part of five years, breaking and training him as one of the top Maritime bred horses in action today. On Saturday night, Romo will take The Rev behind the gate for the second big trip in as many weeks - looking for an Exhibition Cup win.  Late last month, I stood in Romo’s stable at Truro Raceway, shooting the breeze with one of the most tenured veterans in the business. Fresh off Governor’s Plate week in Summerside, he had a tired look on his face after driving to and from the Island night in and night out. We talked about the upcoming Exhibition Cup, his past wins and his future plans. Maybe it was the tired bags under his eyes talking, or maybe it was the truth, but he said he wants to give it up soon. He said he thinks about it all the time, but can’t very well walk away knowing there aren’t enough young drivers sticking around to replace the Danny Romos, Pooker McCallums and Dave Careys when they go. “I’m getting older now and getting tired of this business,” he said. “Like I said, six days going to Summerside getting back at two-thirty and three in the morning. I said this year it would be my last year doing that. I’m getting too friggin’ old for that stuff.” There is one thing left he wants more than anything though – the Gold Cup and Saucer. Three years ago, after spending the summer in Newfoundland, I moved back to P.E.I. for a new school year. There was a major logistical problem, however. I picked the worst day of the year to drive a truck full of furniture through the streets of Charlottetown. It was Gold Cup and Saucer Day. On this day, once a year, the streets are filled with people and the city has an unnatural buzz to it. There’s a parade that puts the city’s Christmas parade to shame. There are parties all over town and they all converge on one place once the sun goes down – the Charlottetown Driving Park. Imagine how it must feel for someone who works in the industry. Once a year, all the excitement and attention formerly attached to the sport becomes a reality again. For one night, an entire city becomes harness racing fans. The $60,000 purse falls far short of the most lucrative races in North America, but the prestige that comes with it is priceless. For that reason, Danny Romo is still searching for that one last bit of fulfillment. “I’ve pretty much won every major race there was in my life, in my racing career, except for the Gold Cup,” he told me. “That’s the only one I can’t remember winning out of the big events and the stake races in the Maritimes.” This year, Romo will be in a unique field of horses with The Rev. In past years, the Gold Cup has drawn in the best of the best from the Maritimes, Ontario and into the Northeastern States. Charlottetown Guardian columnist Nicholas Oakes reports in 2011, there were 25 trial entries with 13 from Ontario. This year, there were just 12 entries, with one from Ontario. This undoubtedly paved the way for the six Maritime horses to make the final, including the locally bred and broken Rev. That’s not to say it’s going to be a cakewalk, however, as harness racing powerhouses Ron Burke and Rene Allard will also have horses in the mix tonight. At 10-1 odds, Romo is a long shot even from his inside post. But he knew that long before any odds were established or posts were drawn. “I’ll probably never win a Gold Cup before I give it up, but it would be nice to do it,” he told me after that long day at the track in July. With a wink, a smile and a crack at his inevitable aging, he said, “Every young fella wants to win that one.” By Ryan Cooke Reprinted with permission of the Truro Daily News

With co-favorite Sparky Mark (Simon Allard) off the gate at the start, driver Marc Campbell saw opportunity knocking on the door and sent Take It Back Terry to the front and they held on with ease in capturing the second elimination division of the Gold Cup & Saucer Monday at Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island. Now the Allard vs Burke rivalry continues in the Gold Cup & Saucer final next Saturday for the third straight year. Allard won it last year, Burke the year before. The 12th race feature Monday saw local favorite D Gs Camme (Gilles Barrieau) shoot to the early lead from the rail with Big Surf (Jody Jamieson) sneaking into the pocket-seat and a seemingly hung-out-to-dry Take It Back Terry first-over from the start. Then by a brisk :26.4 opening quarter mile, driver Marc Campbell had power with Take It Back Terry as they muscled their way to the lead. But there was only room for a :28 quarter breather to the half in :54.4 before Simon Allard came first-over with Sparky Mark as Lucan Hanover (Jonathan Drury) grabbed the second-over spot. Down the backstretch they raced, Sparky Mark trying to collar pacesetter Take It Back Terry by the three-quarters in 1:23, but it was to no avail as Take It Back Terry was the strong horse, going on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:50.4 with Sparky Mark second best and D Gs Camme third. Finishing fourth and making the final was Lucan Hanover. “It wasn’t the plan at all (going to the front),” Marc Campbell said. “I kinda looked over and saw that Simon (Allard) was off the gate so I figured I would go for it. I saw that Gilles (Barrieau) was going to the front and I figured he would let me go and I wanted to control the pace. “Then Simon came first over up the backstretch and that is where I wanted him,” Campbell said. “It all worked out great.” It was the sixth win this year for Take It Back Terry. The eight-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phillip Collins. He paid $4.40 to win. Take It Back Terry By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Prince Edward Island, CA - Driver Brad Forward and trainer Rene Allard, the winning connections of the 2014 Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer, teamed up with Australian import Crombie A to set a new track record of 1:50.3 in this year's first trial on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Leaving from the post five, Crombie A and Forward were able to settle into the pocket spot behind inside starter Im Drinkin Doubles (Marc Whebby), who led the field of six through fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:22.2. Meanwhile, outsider Atta Boy Dan (Marc Campbell) advanced first over with The Rev (Danny Romo) following his cover. However, Crombie A closed through the passing lane to prevail by one and a half lengths while favourite Atta Boy Dan overtook Im Drinkin Doubles for the runner-up role. The Rev finished fourth while All Turain (Corey MacPherson) was fifth and Modern Xhibit (Robert Shepherd) rounded out the complete order of finish. "This is awesome," said Forward after the race. "Rene told me about this horse here. He told me to give him a good shot, and you know what, I never even spoke to this fella. He was just all horse." "He's a pretty handy little horse," added Allard. "He gets around a half real good and since we bought him from Australia he's just been awesome. We never left with him because those horses are known to get a little hot if you leave with them when you first get them. But today was a short field and I told Brad I think we should leave a little bit because it only showed the #1 [Im Drinkin Doubles] and the #6 [Atta Boy Dan] had a little bit of gate speed and Brad got the job done again. We hope everything works out for the final and we're just happy to be here. We're having fun either way, but it's always nice to win it." Crombie A's winning time lowered the track record by one-fifth of a second that was held jointly by last year's Gold Cup & Saucer champion Bigtown Hero, 2013 champion Escape The News and 2014 trial winner Mickey Hanover. It also matched Prix d'Ete champion Sunfire Blue Chip's Canadian record for an aged pacing horse on a half-mile track, set at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec last year. To view the race click here.  To read the rest of the story click here.

Charlottetown, PE - Harness racing official draws took place this morning for two Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer trials that will lead up to the 56th running of Prince Edward Island's signature race on Saturday August 22 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The first trial will be Saturday August 15 with the second trial being staged on Monday August 17. For race dates, live race broadcasts, race replays and more go to www.redshores.ca Here are the fields: Sobeys Gold Cup Trial 1 1. Im Drinkin Doubles 2. All Turain 3. The Rev 4. Modern Xhibit 5. Crombie A 6. Atta Boy Dan Sobeys Gold Cup Trial 2 1. D GS Camme 2. Sparky Mark 3. Big Surf 4. Take It Back Terry 5. Lucan Hanover 6. Meirs Hanover Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The official countdown to the 2015 Gold Cup & Saucer will be launched Saturday when live racing returns to Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. The legendary Charlottetown Driving Park oval kicks off the season with first race post time at 6pm. The official broadcast will be carried at www.redshores.ca It's going to be a busy day at the track with a host of new promotions, special trackside presentations and the famous Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The evening featured event will go to the gate in race 9 with an 8:17pm AST post time. Tempo Seelster, owned, trained and driven by Vince Poulton, Charlottetown, is the favorite at 5-2 odds on the morning line. Race analyst Les MacIsaac, who returns for his 18th year on Les's Picks in the race program, says he will tough to beat. "Tempo Seelster closed out the meet with back to back wins and if the recent qualifier is any indication, he looks poised to pick up right where he left off." The field has some other heavy hitters including JRs Hurricane (Gary Chappell) who had a sparkling resume in 2014 with 26 top three finishes from 38 starts which included 12 victories while pole sitter Outside The Wire makes his season debut for trainer Craig Avery and driver Jason Hughes. Hughes, who shared with top driver of 2014 with Marc Campbell with 126 winners, is booked on five horses while Campbell is down on six. Both pilots open the season tied with 12 scores each on the leader board. The top class also includes Veronicavermillion (Neil Bambrick), Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) and Miracle Matts (Corey MacPherson). Campbell could grab the early lead in the season's rankings when he handles newcomer Fly With Max from post 6 in the PEI Poker Challenge pace in race 1. The four-year-old pacer comes in from Flamboro Downs for owners Wade Peconi, Stanchel and Nicholas Peconi Jr, Lakefield, Ontario. Customers will be greeted to a list of new promotions including the Super High 5, Pik 3 and Pik 4. On-track players will be offered the Pick 5, Wild Horses tags on races 2-10 with jackpots and Set for Summer promo where customers have a chance to qualify to win weekly prizes with the grand prize of $1,000 a week for 10 weeks being drawn on the first day of summer June 21, 2015. For race programs, Les's Picks or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca or twitter at leedrake01 or red_shores Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The always popular Fan Forum which this year will be held Sunday, October 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park will celebrate the Gold Cup and Saucer. Titled "Winning the Dream", Gold Cup and Saucer winners will answer fan questions about their experiences in winning the Greatest Show in Harness Racing. Panelists will include: Les Waite, who drove Dr. Walter C to victory in the 1973 Gold Cup, the last Prince Edward Island bred winner of the event. Les is also one of the youngest drivers to ever win the Gold Cup and Saucer Billy Companion, the trainer of Scarlet and Gold, the 2001 winner, who was driven by Wally Hennessey. Emmons MacKay, who trained and drove Maritime Bred Kilkerran Ingle to victory lane in 1992. Ingle was also a dominate horse in his local stakes campaign. Earl Smith, who won with Pownal Bay Matt in what has been recognized as one of the greatest Gold Cup and Saucers in history. Pownal Bay Matt was owned by Ian Smith of Charlottetown. Rene Allard, the co-owner and trainer of Big Town Hero, the 2014 Gold Cup and Saucer winner. Big Town Hero is also the CDP track record co-holder. Don Smith, who along with his brother Ian owned two time Gold Cup and Saucer winner Sauls Pride The Fan Forum will be held immediately after the complimentary Pancake Breakfast at Turf's Bar & Grill sponsored by David Corrigan, Coldwell Banker Parker Realty, Dr. Kathleen MacMillan Atlantic Veterinary College and Cavendish Farms. The breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. For the complete Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend agenda go to www.redshores.ca .  

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