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Swift early fractions poised Rock Diamonds N and 21-year-old New England native Mitchell Cushing to rip through the field and claim victory in the 60th renewal of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, Aug. 17 as reports by Standardbred Canada. The inside three starters shot for the front with Bet On Brett brushing quickest to the top. Trial-winner Sir Pugsley sat second while Bettors Fire N, driven by Mitchell’s father Ron Cushing, ducking to third. Rock Diamonds N sat sixth past a :26.3 opening quarter and glided along the cones as Bettors Fire N pulled first over into a :54.1 half. Pacesetter Bet On Brett began to retreat up the backside. Sir Pugsley pulled pocket to take command while Bet On Brett got circled by defending champion Somewhere Fancy, with Lisburn stacked three wide and Midway Island, the other trial winner, four wide. Sir Pugsley passed three-quarters in 1:23.2 but clung to the lead as Somewhere Fancy and Lisburn loomed closer and eventually moved to the front turning for the finish. Rock Diamonds N remained at the pylons and shot through the open stretch to power past everyone and stop the clock in 1:51.4. Somewhere Fancy finished second while Lisburn took third. “I really thought my dad’s [horse] was going to step around Sir Pugsley, but we got a nice spot that opened up,” Cushing said after the race. “They all left out of there real hard, so I just took back and, after that, you just have to go with instinct—what you see with the other as they’re running out of gas and whatnot.” Winning his eighth race from 16 starts this season and his 24th from 62 overall, Rock Diamonds N races for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi and has earned $282,362. Mitchell Cushing, growing up driving at the fairs in Maine and now the leading driver at Plainridge Park in Massachusetts, won in his first start in the Gold Cup & Saucer. “I thought Fryeburg Fair was pretty cool,” Cushing said, “but this is completely different. This is like what you see at a professional sports game.” Father Ron had driven Rock Diamonds N in all his stateside starts previously, including when the six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding finished second as the favourite to Sir Pugsley in his trial last week. Ron, siding with Bettors Fire N in the final, invited Mitchell to drive the eventual winner while Bettors Fire N finished off the board. “We’re the biggest competitors,” Cushing said of racing against his father. “If we’re in against each other, I can’t wait to beat him because it means my paycheck is more than his. I wanted to beat him more than anybody on the racetrack tonight.” Rock Diamonds N returned $12.80 to win. From Standardbred Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The field is set for The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final Saturday and Sir Pugsley will leave from the coveted rail in the finale of Old Home Week 2019 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. A winner in Trial 2 in 1:52.4, Sir Pugsley will leave from Post 1 after drawing the position during the official ceremony featuring the Gold Cup and Saucer ambassadors. Jason Hughes drove Sir Pugsley to his trial victory for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. Trial 1 winner Midway Island will leave from Post 7 in the 60th edition of the Gold Cup and Saucer for driver Travis Cullen and trainer Rachel Andrew. The Maine duo of Bettors Fire N and Rock Diamonds N will leave from Posts 2 and 6, respectively, in the $60,000 race set for midnight on Saturday evening. Post positions Post – Horse – Trainer 1 – Sir Pugsley – Patrick Shepherd 2 – Bettors Fire N – Heidi Gibbs 3 – Bet On Brett – Rene Allard 4 – Somewhere Fancy – Rene Allard 5 – Lisburn – Robert Cleary 6 – Rock Diamonds N – Heidi Gibbs 7 – Midway Island – Rachel Andrew 8 – National Debt – Jackie Matheson by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

This Week: Zweig Memorial and Zweig Memorial filly trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Artiscape, Roll With Joe, and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: A busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Saturday (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs with the $330,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $135,000 Zweig Memorial Filly Trot for 3-year-old filly trotters. There will also be a $35,000 consolation in the filly division. Saturday's Grand Circuit action will also be featured by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, which will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers. On Sunday (Aug. 18), Grand Circuit racing will be contested at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares, the $175,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for older pacing males, and a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Also on Sunday, Hippodrome 3R will contest the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch, came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. Lather Up and Montrell Teague captured the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Linscott Photography. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Aug. 9). After equaling the world record with a 1:46 performance three starts ago, Lather Up continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.2 final time to equal the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park and Dan Patch Stakes record set by Sweet Lou in 2014. The sparks were flying early as Lather Up surged away from the wings of the gate from post four but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Filibuster Hanover, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, was a step quicker and grabbed the front from post five. Scott Zeron also gave Jimmy Freight marching orders but with everyone on a mission to the front, eventually settled for a pocket trip. As the field straightened away down the backside, driver Montrell Teague gave Lather Up the green light and he quickly ranged up to grab command just before the half in :53.3. The scorching pace continued as Lather Up led the field through the third station in 1:21.3 but Brian Sears and McWicked were on the attack first-over with Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick in tow. McWicked powered past Lather Up and appeared to be the winner but Lather Up wasn't finished. In a remarkable rally, Lather Up used a :25.2 final quarter and the inside passing lane to quite literally, pace away from the field. Lather Up finished 2-1/2 lengths to the good while McWicked held on gamely for second. Endeavor and Sam Widger came flying late to round out the trifecta. As the heavy 1-5 favorite, Lather Up returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. For Lather Up, he recorded his fourth consecutive victory and eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. The 4-year-old homebred son of I'm Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Iles. It was recently announced that a 50 percent interest of Lather Up was sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. Dexter Dunn and Bettor's Wish won the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park. JJ Zamaiko photo. Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago. He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (Aug. 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor's Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,362 Cane Pace. Bettor's Wish started from post three and went to the lead around the initial turn. He set pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :57. Dunn urged Bettor's Wish in the third quarter and he responded, posting times of 1:24.1 and 1:50.3. The colt pulled away by 3-1/2 lengths from his closest competitor, Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Wish (Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star) is owned by the partnership of trainer Chris Ryder, Bella Racing Ltd, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners. Saturday's victory was the 11th lifetime score for Bettor's Wish. The win makes the Ryder trainee harness racing's newest millionaire, pushing his earnings to $1,096,600. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 721; 2. Yannick Gingras - 536; 3. David Miller - 414; 4. Dexter Dunn - 404; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 309. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 663; 2. Tony Alagna - 282; 3. Jim King Jr. - 274; 4. Marcus Melander - 249; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 221. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 182; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 127.1; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 114.6; 4. Courant Inc. - 107.5; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 101.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest eliminations for the Messengers Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown, along with eliminations in the companion Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot. Woodbine Mohawk Park will contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacers, along with eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Tioga Downs will offer Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — Blasting off the gate from the start, Midway Island and driver Travis Cullen carved out a perfect trip to hit the winner’s circle Saturday night in The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1. Leaving from Post 5 in the $12,500 race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park, Midway Island left hard and struck the front before releasing race favourite – and defending champion – Somewhere Fancy (Marc Campbell) to the front at the first quarter of 28.1. Midway Island then rode the two-hole through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.2, before powering past in the stretch to win by one-and-a-half lengths in 1:52.1. Somewhere Fancy finished second with Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) third and National Debt (Gilles Barrieau) fourth to secure spots in Saturday’s big race. Levis Day (Robert Shepherd), Doctor Royal (David Dowling) and Czar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault) finished fifth to seventh, respectively, while Make Some Luck (Jody Jamieson) made a break at the half-mile marker and was eighth. They will race in the James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation on Friday night. Trained by Miltonvale Park native Rachel Andrew, Midway Island is a new acquisition for the trainer, who co-owns the horse with boyfriend Travis Cullen of Dundas, Ont. Midway Island arrived at their Ontario farm a week before the race in Charlottetown, from his former Pennsylvania home of the Ron Burke stable. “Looking at the program, I figured I could leave out and Marc Campbell would keep coming, so that was the best trip to just make the final,” Cullen said after Saturday’s race. “We’ve only had the horse for a few days and Rachel has done a tremendous job with him. I’ve had nothing to do with him. He couldn’t get a better trip.” When the horse arrived in Ontario, Cullen trained the horse over his half-mile farm track and Midway Island made a break in the final turn. “I had a 62-inch hopple on because we always like letting their hopples out with a new horse but then he made a break,” the driver said. “So, I said, ‘We better not do that’. He raced tonight with a tight hopple on and was terrific, so we’re not worried about that.” A native of Manitoba, Cullen admits the Gold Cup and Saucer is not as big of a deal to him as it is to his partner. “It doesn’t mean as much to me as it does Rachel, but, at the same time, it does because of Brian,” Cullen said of Andrew’s late father and the master of Meridian Farms, who passed away in December. “Growing up, I always watched big races like this. I don’t have grand circuit horses so, for the horses I race, this is as top as it gets.” Fittingly enough, Cullen was at Meridian Farms Saturday before the race and realized he forgot a long sleeve shirt to wear under his suit. “Just wear this,” Rachel said while tossing him a sweater. Cullen put it on and said, “Yeah, it’s OK. Where did you get this?” “It was my dad’s,” Rachel responded. “He was always like a second dad to me,” Cullen said during the interview Saturday night. “He was always looking out for you.” Cullen is adamant if Midway Island finds the winner’s circle in the final it will be all because of Rachel and in memory of her father. “I just kinda let her do her own thing,” he said. “She puts so much time into them. You couldn’t ask for someone to do a better job.” by Nicholas Oakes, for the Journal Pioneer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The open trot has been hotly contested all season at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but Thursday evening looks like some relief for former champion Freddie. The 10-dash Thursday card kicks off at 6:30 P.M. featuring the Open trot and the Alpine $5,000 claiming series. A compact field of five contest the race 7 Open trot for a $2,250 purse. Freddie leaves from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The seven-year-old Majestic Son trotter has recorded five wins and four seconds from 11 seasonal outings and will not have to contend with Majian Tango or Star Photo this week in the top trot. Hop Up will be the major threat to Freddie on Thursday evening as driver Corey MacPherson guides the Keith Campbell trained daughter of Tad The Stud from post 4 fresh off a second place finish race timed in 1:59.4. Also in the field is Suicide Shift (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Scary Good (Gilles Barrieau). Race 6 is the Grant Thornton pace with Bettorthanbobbi riding a two-race win streak into post 1 as the morning line favourite in the $1,800 event. Mark Bradley will drive the two-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. The Alpine $5,000 claiming series has a pair of divisions on the program both boasting $1,900 purses in races 8 and 10. Preferred Pacers Battle On Old Home Week Opener CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Old Home Week 2019 officially kicks off Friday evening with a 10-dash presentation at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The busiest week of the year in Atlantic Canadian racing has its official beginning on the Friday evening card with first race post time at 6:30 P.M. The top event of the evening is the race 9 preferred 2 pace styled the Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial pace sponsored by the Charlottetown Vet Clinic. Red Magician comes into the $2,750 event fresh off a 1:55.2 victory at Red Shores Summerside off of a pocket ride and gets post 1 Friday for driver Adam Merner, trainer Melissa Rennie and owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale. Governor's Plate finalist Screen Test has post 3 for driver Corey MacPherson after cutting out his most recent mile but fading late to finish seventh. Top Inverness pacer Intended Royalty ships in from Cape Breton to leave from post 4 with Marc Campbell set to steer the pacer for trainer Randy Copley. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will expect Screen Test to bounce back to his former Invitational form and hit the wire first. "Screen Test burned a ton of money last week when he packed it in late but maybe it just wasn't his day," MacIsaac said. "Don't lose sight of the fact that he's been facing the bearcats all summer and holding his own. He'll be looking to redeem himself tonight." Also in the field is Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling), The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie), Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy) and Three Truths (Kenny Arsenault). Woodmere Chella headlines the top mares pace on the card in the race 10 finale with a $2,200 purse on the line. Dowling drives the four-year-old daughter of Articulator for trainer Mike Dowling and owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. The mare drops out of the Open mares ranks into Friday's contest and draws post 6. Other top entries include West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) and Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell). For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca - horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada - is exclusively offering PEI residents the opportunity to purchase a one-percent share of its Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer hopeful Brave World. Brave World is a career winner of $255,000, including $56,000 earned in 2019 while racing for trainer Richard Moreau. The five-year-old pacer has won 20 races (including five wins this year) and has finished in the top three in 41 of his 100 career starts. His most recent win was by a nose at Woodbine-Mohawk Park on July 13 in a new career best of 1:51. Brave World will race in one of the $12,500 trials on August 10 or 12 at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. If he advances to the $20,000 Consolation, it will be raced on August 16. If he advances to the $60,000 final, it will be raced on August 17. Following his PEI starts, Brave World will return to the barn of Richard Moreau and race in Ontario, but owners will continue to be clients of TheStable.ca. There are 15 one-percent shares of Brave World available exclusively for PEI residents. Each share is priced at $654 CAD plus HST. Contestants must agree to pay this purchase price, plus monthly bills and incidentals, until such time they elect to sell their share. A full list of conditions can be found online in the entry form in the link below. Entries close at 1:00 p.m. ADT on July 31/19. Fifteen winners will be drawn and announced by 3:00 p.m. ADT on July 31/19. Winners must purchase their share and acquire licensing by Monday, August 5/19. *This contest is only available to residents of PEI. One entry per person. Must be 18+ to enter. To enter by July 31/19 at 3:00 p.m. ADT: www.thestable.ca/goldcup   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development  

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will move the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer race program to Sunday night at 6pm. It's now part of our double-header with the afternoon scheduled at 12pm. The decision was made after a severe weather pattern moved into Prince Edward Island on Saturday morning leaving no option but to move the greatest show in harness racing to Sunday evening. With this announcement, all guests can enter the grounds with no gate fees, and the Red Shores main parking lot will be available. For more information go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake,   

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (August 16) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Vance Cameron, the announcer at Charlottetown Racecourse; Melissa Keith, from USHWA Canada; John Horne, the track announcer at Tioga Downs; stakes consultant Nick Salvi, and Darin Gagne, the announcer at Running Aces. Cameron, the famed voice of Charlottetown, joins the program this week to talk about the upcoming Gold Cup and Saucer at the storied facility. Cameron best known for his "boom just like that" calls will also talk to the duo about his illustrious career and how he got his start in racing. Keith, from USHWA Canada, best known for live tweeting during the Mike and Mike show will also cover this week's Gold Cup and Saucer. Keith will talk to us about the famed race and provide some insight in to some of the things that the track does to draw fans in.   Horne, the track announcer at Tioga Downs, joins the program for the first time this week to discuss the big stakes weekend coming up at Tioga. Horne will talk with the pair about some of those races including the $270,425 Empire Breeders Classic featuring Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice and three-year-old standout American History. Horne will also talk about his career and how he became the announcer at Tioga.   Stakes consultant Nick Salvi joins the program for the first time this week to talk about Manchego who takes on the boys in the Zweig at Vernon Downs. Salvi who is well known in the sport of harness racing will also discuss the big stakes weekend coming up at Tioga on Sunday.   The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

This Week: Zweig Memorial and Zweig Memorial filly trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Artiscape, Roll With Joe, and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: A busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Friday (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs with the $350,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $178,000 Zweig Filly Trot for 3-year-old filly trotters. There will also be an $80,000 consolation in the open division. Saturday's (Aug. 18) Grand Circuit action will be featured by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, which will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers. On Sunday (Aug. 19), Grand Circuit racing will be contested at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares, the $175,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for older pacing males, and a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Also on Sunday, Hippodrome 3R will contest the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: On a gorgeous Friday evening (Aug. 10) in which it appeared a presence from above intervened to provide perfect conditions, Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under, anointed himself as a true superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino before a legion of admirers in his first pari-mutuel engagement in the U.S. Lazarus N anointed himself as a true superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. He also owns the distinction of being the only horse to pace sub-1:50 miles in two different hemispheres. "One of the reasons I decided to buy this horse with my brothers was because we are devoutly Catholic," said Duncan Taylor, whose Taylor Made Farms owns the 6-year-old stallion. "First of all his name is Lazarus which represents a miracle, and his dam's name is Bethany, which is the location where the resurrection took place. Then Bethany's sire is Christian Cullen. These factors made it appear as if (purchasing the horse) was meant to be a gift from God." Guided by Yannick Gingras and conditioned by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, left alertly from post position nine to settle into second behind fellow New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend N before the teletimer posted the first quarter-mile split of :26.1. Shortly after the two frontrunners glided around the first turn, Gingras brushed the stallion to the lead and the duo hit the half-mile marker in a measured :54.2. As Lazarus N continued to lead the field of nine to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he placed a bit of separation between himself and his rivals. As he rounded the final turn, it seemed the horse would pull away in the stretch to post a facile victory. Halfway down the lane, however, Breeders Crown victor Split The House (Brett Miller) mounted a furious rally which drew him nearly alongside Lazarus N. Proving he already has established a passionate fan base, those in attendance were cheering so loudly for Lazarus N to hit the wire first the words of announcer Steve Cross could scarcely be heard. As the noise of the crowd drowned out all sound, Gingras asked his horse for more. He responded in kind to spurt away from Split The House, as well as a closing McWicked (Brian Sears), to stop the clock in 1:48.4. The stallion paced his last quarter-mile in a stellar :26. "Yannick said this horse only does what you ask of him," Taylor said. "In Thoroughbred racing we would refer to it as not getting to the bottom of them, but in Lazarus' case he is just a very relaxed horse. Jimmy (Takter) keeps telling us how intelligent he is and that characteristic definitely is a part of why he is a special horse. All I know is he is a blessing." After his first U.S. victory, Lazarus N, New Zealand's defending Horse of the Year and that nation's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, now improves his record to 36 wins from 46 starts. The stallion has now earned more than $2.8 million. As the 1-2 favorite, Lazarus N provided his backers with $3 for their support. Split The House paid $7.20 at odds of 19-1 for his second place finish while McWicked offered his supporters $2.20 for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 681.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 668.5; 3. David Miller - 364.5; 4. Jordan Stratton - 288; 5. Corey Callahan - 273.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 655.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 484; 3. Tony Alagna - 266; 4. Jim Campbell - 216; 5. Erv Miller -200. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 143.6; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 138.6; 3. Fashion Farms - 129; 4. Vonknoblauch Stable - 117; 5. Robert Key - 110. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest eliminations for the Messengers Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown, along with eliminations in the companion Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot. Woodbine Mohawk Park will contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacers, along with eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Tioga Downs will offer Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand CIrcuit  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The post positions for The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer were decided Tuesday evening during the official draw at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Rockin In Heaven was handed rail control for the prestigious $60,000 Saturday night finale to Old Home Week during the draw. The Teesha Symes trained pacer was a hard closing second in trial 1 to Somewhere Fancy, who drew post 6 during the draw. Trial 2 winner Bet On Brett drew post 4 during the draw while locally owned and trained Rose Run Quest will leave from post 2. Complete Draw Post - Horse 1 - Rockin In Heaven 2 - Rose Run Quest 3 - Asap Hanover 4 - Bet On Brett 5 - Always N The Money 6 - Somewhere Fancy 7 - Fool Me Once 8 - Lincolnjames by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Old Home Week racing does not officially start until Friday evening but the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claiming series will unofficially start off the biggest week of the Canada harness racing calendar Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash program has a 7 P.M. start time featuring the first leg of the Alpine claiming series for $5,000 claimers in races 8 and 10. Macnamarra has shown over the years that he loves Old Home Week and will be the favourite in the first division in race 8 from post 2. Kenny Arsenault picks up the catch drive for trainer Donald MacLennan and owner Megan Hinkley of Margaree, N.S. The now 13-year-old Cape Breton pacer had the biggest moment of his career six years ago during Old Home Week 2012 when he took his lifetime mark of 1:53.2. Young Man Matt (Driven by Jason Hughes) is second choice shipping in with the Patrick Shepherd stable of Ontario while Miss Sangria (Dale Spence) is picked for third for trainer George Rennison of Truro, N.S. The second division in race 10 has another member of Shepherd stable as the top pick as Just Blitzed leaves from post 3 with Steven Shepherd in the bike for owner Carl Kuepfer of Newton, Ontario. The five-year-old mare had been racing the $7,000 claiming ranks at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside of the nation’s capital. Beau Seelster (Adam Merner) makes a return to P.E.I. with post 2 for owner Myah Wilkie of New Waterford, N.S., with another Cape Breton pacer, Shanghai B G (Marc Campbell), also selected in the top three for trainer Jim Copley of Inverness. The Thursday program also features the $1,950 Open Trot with Freddie the probable top selection from post 4 with Campbell in the bike for trainer Bo Ford and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries are Hop Up (Corey MacPherson) and Ontario ship-in Stan The Man (Hughes). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park unveiled new events, promotions and of course the horses competing in the 59th running of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Here are the horses and positions for the trials: Trial 1 - Saturday August 11th 1 - Paparazzi Hanover 2 - Fool Me Once 3 - Somewhere Fancy 4 - Rockin In Heaven 5 - Father of the Year 6 - Rose Run Quest 7 - Jackson K Down Trial 2 - Monday August 13th 1 - Always N the Money 2 - Bet On Brett 3 - LincolnJames 4 - ASAP Hanover 5 - Newbie 6 - In Spades 7 - Czar Seelster The action gets underway on Thursday August 9th with 9 days of racing and 13 race programs leading up to the greatest show in harness racing on August 18th. The 2018 edition of Old Home Week will feature several new events to celebrate the past and highlight the future in regional harness racing. Sobeys will sponsor two new special Old Home Week races, kicking off on Saturday August 11th with the Sobeys Invitational, and culminating on August 18th with the Atlantic Canada Invitational presented by Sobeys. Anthony and Amy MacDonald - co founders of The Stable, a fractional ownership company, will be doing a special promotion with their Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer starter Lincoln James. The Stable.ca will offer 15 shares on this Gold Cup starter. Investors can go to www.thestable.ca and click on the Lincoln James promotion banner to be entered to win their chance to purchase a share. Each share can be purchased for $901 dollars (CDN). The 15 investors will be drawn by Tuesday and must purchase their share prior to the official draw of the race Tuesday August 14th. Go to www.thestable.ca for details. On Wednesday, August 15th Red Shores will celebrate the race and breeding career of the sensational Somebeachsomewhere. At that evenings race card trophies, photos and other Beach memorabilia will be on display for all race fans to enjoy courtesy of co-owner Reg Pettipas and his wife Louise. In addition, select race videos from Somebeachsomewhere's record breaking performances will be broadcast. Post time is 7 p.m. In 2018 PEI Harness Racing will recognize the history and horse people associated with Moncton, New Brunswick. On Thursday, August 16th, from 4 to 6 pm a Moncton reunion will be held in the EastLink trade center just off the Red Shores main lobby, followed that evening by a very special event "The Monctonian Pace" sponsored by the horse owners of the Moncton area, City of Moncton, David Lund and family, Dr. M.L. Patriquin and Moncton Standardbred Racing Association. Throughout its nearly six decades of activity, and name changes from Moncton Raceway to Brunswick Downs and then Champlain Raceway, the Moncton track was known for record setting performances and the highest special event purses in the region. All those associated with the Moncton track over the years are invited to attend the reunion, bring along any materials they may wish to share, and celebrate memories. In recognition of the outstanding contribution to the Gold Cup and Saucer by the late Mike MacDonald, for 2018 the winning driver in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer will be presented with the first Micheal MacDonald Memorial Trophy. A five time winner of the Gold Cup, Mike MacDonald was an annual competitor and major ambassador in the event. In addition to these presentations and events, this year drivers will be competing for the Francis McIsaac Memorial Trophy, which recognizes the leading driver throughout the Old Home Week programs. 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Charlottetown, PE - Grandstand seats for the 2018 Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer harness race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park will go on sale Tuesday July 3rd at 9 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time. 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 59th edition of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer will take place on Saturday August 18th, 2018. By Lee Drake, for Red Shores

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

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