Saturday's harness racing preview

Bo Ford
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The first double header of Old Home Week iracing at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park takes place today.

The afternoon's 12-dash card starts at 1 p.m. and features the first showing of the Atlantic Sire Stakes, with three A and three  B stakes for three-year-old fillies.

Evening racing starts at 7 p.m. and the much-anticipated 55th running of the Gold Cup and Saucer will become clearer after the 12-dash race card ends with the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1 in the finale.

Five of the six starters in Trial 1 have lifetime records better than 1:50.

In the afternoon, the Atlantic Sire Stakes A action gets underway in Race 7 with the two top fillies in the Maritimes set to do battle.

Elm Grove Inarush has drawn Post 2. The three-year-old Coasttocoast Yankee-Seawind Alpha filly comes into the $9,500, A division with three straight victories, including a track record performance in her last start at Inverness Raceway in Inverness, N.S., where she stopped the clock in 1:55.3.

The Seawind Amg-bred filly is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Gordon Macleod, Grant Mann and trainer Eddy Doucette. Regular driver Mark Bradley will be in the bike as the filly closes in on $80,000 in career earnings.

Meanwhile, the Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute has drawn the outside Post 6. Bred and co-owned by River Valley Management along with Lana Murphy and Windemere Farms, the Western Paradise-Deliver Me daughter is trained by Earl Watts, Todd Trites will handle the driving duties.

A winner of five races this year, Lovineveryminute finished second to Elm Grove Inarush last start pacing her mile in 1:56.2. Woodmere Trulyblue, Sail Through, Libertys Gig and Gracious Minnie round out the field.

Last year's two-year-old champion looks to be rounding back into form as a three-year-old. Saulsbrook Alana found her way back to the winner's circle in Inverness last week, winning in 1:56.4 by seven lengths for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Kevin MacLean is the trainer of the winner of just under $75,000 lifetime. Marc Campbell will pilot Alana from Post 4 in Race 9.

Last week's second-place finisher Fleurje has drawn into Post 3 for the Buntainwood Farms and trainer Nick Oakes. The Ameripan Gigolo filly will reunite with regular driver Jason Hughes.

Dusty Lane Dora, Outrageous Spirit, Sea Anna Win and Absolootly Hot complete the competition.

Race 11 is the final division of the Atlantic Sire Stakes A divisions.

Post 3 starter Pictonian Sareta will try and get the Sire Stakes monkey off of her back. The Western Paradise-Southview Selena filly has four top-three finishes from four Atlantic Sire Stakes starts and will look to get into the sire stakes winner's circle this time around for owner Dan Ross and trainer-driver Mike Stevenson.

Waterhook will make her A division start after winning a B stake during Lobsterfest week. The daughter of Articulator has drawn Post 1 and has been installed as the morning-line choice for owner Bruce Wood. The trainer-driver combination of Jackie Matheson and Gilles Barrieau handle the controls.

Charlottes Style, Newsmaker, Bettim Jenny and Briannas Angel are the other starters.

Atlantic Sire Stakes B action goes in Races 5, 8 and 10.

Tarahumara is listed as the favourite in Race 5. Race 8 favourite Babies Gigolo has drawn Post 2 and the 10th-race favourite is J J Mistress.

The Race 12 feature will host a field of eight starters and will also include Hurrah 4 Island Charities.

Hurrah has drawn Post 7 for trainer-driver Bradley. All of Hurrah's earning for the month of August will be donated to the P.E.I. Special Olympics as part of the Hurrah 4 Island Charities.

Two aged trots will go in Races 1 and 3.

Glencove Umay has drawn Post 6 in the first race for owner-trainer Carl Bagnall while newcomer Rate Exchange will make his Island debut in Race 3.

The winner of more than $400,000 lifetime is trained by Jonah Moase and Campbell will do the driving.

In evening racing, the connections of the 54th Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer winner are back to defend their title.

Trainer Ron Burke and Campbell will install their hopes in Post 5 starter Aracache Hanover.

Listed as the morning-line choice, Aracache Hanover comes in showing blistering gate speed that is sure to be a factor in the compact field of six.

The seven-year-old son of Dragon Again is owned by William Switala and James Martin. He is the richest starter of this year's Gold Cup entries with more than $1.7 million in career earnings.

A first-time starter for trainer Rene Allard, Bigtown Hero, has drawn Post 3. Now owned by Allard Racing and Yves Sarrazin of Quebec, the son of American Ideal took his lifetime mark of 1:48.3 in his last start for trainer Trevor Stafford.

Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties.

Allard has two entries in Trial 1 with his other entry right next door from Post 4, Island Jet. Island native Robert Shepherd will be home to do the driving.

Trainer Chris Oakes will make his training debut on red soil from Post 2 when he sends out Shock It To Em for owners Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Timothy Cable and Charles Oakes.

Islander Walter Cheverie has been given the opportunity to drive. Shock It To Em finished fourth in his last start at Yonkers (half-mile) pacing his own mile in 1:52.2.

The all-important rail position on a half-mile track goes to Astor, the only Maritime starter in this year's field. He is owned by Foxyhall Racing and trained and driven by the CDP's top driver and trainer Jason Hughes.

The outside Post 6 has gone to Up The Credit, the only starter from last year's Gold Cup and Saucer. The winner of more than $1.3 million in career earnings will look to overcome the outside post for owners Thomas Kyron, Joanne Morrison and trainer Carl Jamieson.

Jamieson is a former Gold Cup and Saucer winner, but will hand the lines over to Truro native Ryan Ellis.

The second leg of the Spud Island Classic Series for open mares starts in Race 6 with three divisions to line up behind the starting gate.

For All We Know will look to get back to her winning ways from Post 4. Last week in the first leg she saw her three-race win streak come to an end finishing second to Russian Kisses.

The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Bruce Wood. The Lobsterfest champion has paced he last three miles in 1:56 and change for the trainer-driver combo of Jackie Matheson and Barrieau.

Last year's princess of the Maritimes, Ramblinglily, will try her luck with the aged mares again. Absent from the first leg, the four-year-old daughter of Articulator has picked up back-to-back victories for co-owners Allan Jones and Normand Leger. She'll reunite with her regular pilot Brodie MacPhee. Last season the duo enjoyed a near $60,000 year in earnings.

Ramblinglily has drawn Post 3.

Last year's Spud Island Classic champion, Dirt Track Momma, has drawn the rail for Campbell and Moase. Ultimate Faith has drawn Post 5 after her victory last week. Ellis will drive as the mare looks to pick up her fifth victory in six starts. Keystone Nobility and Bunny Mach round out the field.

Last week's show stealer and newcomer Russian Kisses will line up in the second division in Race 8. Making her second start on red soil the daughter of Badlands Hanover will look to make it two-in-a-row after taking her first leg in 1:55.

She is owned by Robert Shepherd, Joe Travis and Forrest Richards. Robert has handed the training duties over to his father Harold for her stay on P.E.I., and brother Steven will do the driving again this week.

Firstclassflight, Veronicavermillion, There Paid For, Silky Britches, Brodys Leona and Miracleonthehudson complete the field.

Stayoutofmyaffair draws the rail in the third and final division in Race 10.

A going-away winner in her last start by 11-and-a-half lengths in 1:55.1, trainer-driver Hughes will look for some of that same momentum again this week.

Owned by Robi Hughes, the defending Atlantic aged mare champion has five victories this season.

Scotian Lass, Icandothat, General Luckypercy, J K Special, Dreaming and Andro Madi round out the competition.

The Race 11 feature will be the Ocean 100 pace.

Eagle Jolt has been installed as the morning-line favourite for owners Wilbur MacDonald and Marie Macdonald. The seven-year-old has two consecutive miles in 1:56 and change.

Campbell will do the driving.

Organizations: Sobey's, Saucer Trial 1, River Valley Management P.E.I. Special Olympics Hurrah 4 Island Charities.Two Sobeys Hauser Bros. Spud Island Classic Series Ocean 100

Geographic location: Charlottetown Driving Park, Inverness, Quebec Truro

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