American trainer gets chance for sweep in tonight’s Gold Cup Trial 2

Nicholas Oakes
Published on August 11, 2014

Ron Burke is looking for a sweep.

The U.S.-based trainer will send out Take It Back Terry off the rail in the second Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer trial tonight at the Charlottetown Driving Park as part of Old Home Week racing after winning Trial 1 with Aracache Hanover on Saturday night.

First-race post time for the 12-race card is 7 p.m. with the trial lining up in the finale.

Gilles Barrieau will drive Take It Back Terry for Pennsylvania owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura, as well as Lawrence Karr of New Jersey.

The five-year-old son of Western Terror has 20 career wins and $383,012 in lifetime earnings and was a winner two starts ago in 1:51.2 over the half-mile oval at Yonkers Raceway.

Duke Did It has post 2 for the brother-duo of trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Robert Shepherd, and owner Ivan Petersheim of Pennsylvania.

The nine-year-old Bettors Delight gelding is riding a four-race win streak and was just purchased by these connections after his last victory in 1:53.2 in the Exhibition Cup at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia.

Mach Wheel will leave from Post 3 for driver Paul MacKenzie and owner-trainer Shane Arsenault of Freelton, Ont.

The six-year-old Mach Three gelding was a winner last start out in 1:54.2 at Grand River Raceway in Ontario.

Mickey Hanover has Post 4 for trainer Rene Allard, who makes the trek to Old Home Week every year but has yet to capture the Gold Cup and Saucer.

Marc Campbell will drive Mickey Hanover for owners Allard Racing Inc., and Yves Sarrazin of Quebec and Daniel Dube of New Jersey.

The six-year-old The Panderosa stallion has three wins in 1:50 or better in his last four starts.

Post 5 will see Wazzup Wazzup with James MacDonald in the bike for trainer Corey Johnson and owner Rolling Hills Racing Stables of Uxbridge, Ont.

The six-year-old son of Life Sign was a winner his last start in 1:49 at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ont.

Post 6 has Scott Rocks with Jonathan Drury in the bike for trainer Chris Oakes and Pennsylvania owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey.

The four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has visited the winner’s circle in four of his last five starts, the fastest in 1:48.3 and the slowest in 1:51.2.

The top four finishers will join Aracache Hanover, Bigtown Hero, Shock It To Em and Island Jet in Saturday’s $75,000 Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer final.