Field of nine speedsters to chase the coveted Gold Cup and Saucer tonight in Charlottetown
Gold Cup and Saucer
The one thing everyone seems sure about in Saturday night’s $60,000 Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer final is that Post 1 starter Up The Credit will be leaving and taking no prisoners.
Carl Jamieson will drive the $1.2 million winner that he co-owns and trains for Tom Kyron of Toronto, Brian Paquet of Quebec City and Joanna Morrison of Beeton, Ont. The four-year-old had his biggest payday in the $1.5 million North America Cup final in 2011.
Post 2 has 1:52.2 Trial 3 winner Machs Beach Boy with Kingston native James MacDonald in the bike, who flies in from Ontario to drive the horse for trainer Brad Shakes and owners Dan Mogridge and Jeffery Oborne of Ontario.
“I think he has a big shot,” MacDonald said of Machs Beach Boy. “There is no horse coming into this race with better form. His last four starts have been the best four of his life. When you have a horse that is confident like that and they’re chewing right through their bridle you never know what could happen.”
MacDonald says he is not overly worried about Up The Credit.
“I’m just going to be looking out for me. If my horse gets the right trip I don’t think it matters who I’m in with. I think they should be watching out for me.”
A Gold Cup win at home would be a special moment, MacDonald says.
“I turned down a lot of drives this week at Mohawk with some pretty nice horses. This week this race is the only one on my radar.”
Post 3 belongs to 1:51.4 Trial 2 winner Hillbilly Hanover with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Ron Burke and American owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr.
“I still need a couple breaks,” Barrieau said. “I know my horse is pretty good but it is not a cake walk. Machs Beach Boy has the two hole and I’m more worried about him. And Marc leaves from seven and he has a pretty nice horse too. When you have a good horse you just need to get in to position and if I’m into position I’m sure my horse will come to play.”
Post 4 will see Charlottetown native Jason Ryan at the lines of R Caan for trainer Rene Allard and owners Allard Racing of Quebec and Robert Hamather of Ontario, after finishing third in trial 1.
Post 5 has Trial 3’s second-place finisher Lulus Boy with Walter Cheverie driving for trainer Ron MacDonald and owners Allan MacDonald of Charlottetown and Brett MacDonald of Ontario.
“I’ll just have to follow along and hope they run themselves into the ground and I get lucky,” Cheverie said. “Carl will be leaving hard and anyone who leaves could be in big trouble. Something freaky has to happen and I need to get lucky but anything can happen in a horse race.”
Top Maritime invitational pacer Proven Lover has Post 6 after finishing a parked out third in Trial 2 for driver John Holmes, trainer Thane Mann and owner Casey Gavin of Tignish.
Post 7 will see 1:52.2 Trial 1 winner Escape The News and leading Island driver Marc Campbell for trainer Burke and American owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Howard Taylor and JJK Stables.
“Everyone tells me Hillbilly Hanover is a better horse and maybe he is, but I’m going to give mine as good a shot as possible,” Campbell said. “I’d like to leave out a beat a few of them out so I can pick up some live cover. The seven- and eight-hole is the kiss of death here, so if I leave out I will probably get parked.”
Savannah Splendor has drawn Post 8 after a third place finish in Trial 3. The horse is trained by Randy Van Meer and owned by Donna Van Meer and Brian Evans of Ontario.
“My chances are not great with the 8 hole,” Drury admits. “I’ve driven the horse a lot of time before and he is better from off the pace. I’m just going to take him back and hope for the best. There needs to be some hot fractions up front. I’ll have a good view of everything.”
The trailing Post 9 has the grey horse, Smokin Bear, with Anthony MacDonald driving for Ontario connections of co-owner and trainer Wayne Prezcator, who trained 2010 Gold Cup and Saucer champion Part Shark, and co-owner John Kodric.