Gold Cup & Saucer Champion Returns
Time To Dance was much the best in The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer, and will return to the scene of his biggest career win this Saturday (Sept. 5) at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park.
The 12-dash Saturday card has a 6 p.m. first race post time, with the Gold Cup and Saucer reunion happening in the $3,100 Preferred Pace, carded as race 11. Time To Dance was razor sharp on Aug. 22, winning the crown jewel of Atlantic Canadian harness racing for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Matt McDonald and Brent Campbell. The win in that $60,000 event put the four-year-old pacer’s lifetime earnings at over $105,000. Gold Cup and Saucer runner-up Lisburn has again drawn post 1 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault on Saturday, while Simple Kinda Man will leave from post 3 with Jason Hughes aboard after beating the Preferred class last week. Woodmere Ideal Art, the first Island-bred to make the Gold Cup and Saucer final since 2008, has post 2 with Ken Murphy picking up the catch drive for trainer Sifroi Melanson.
The Post Time Picks in Saturday’s race program give the edge to Lisburn off his favourable post position draw:
“Lisburn makes his first start back since that terrific second place finish in the Gold Cup & Saucer. He may get another perfect pocket ride in here and if he does could reach up and get it all.”
Other entries in the preferred field are $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation winner Avatar J (Brodie MacPhee) and Gold Cup and Saucer fifth-place finisher Rose Run Quest, making his first start in the Gilles Barrieau barn.
Jimmy Be Good makes his East Coast debut in the fourth race, as the 26-time winner moves into the Jill MacLean barn for owner David Tierney. MacPherson will hold the lines of the eight-year-old Art Colony pacer who looks to add to his $246,831 in prize earnings. Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) is the morning line favourite in the $2,300 event.
For race programs and more, go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.
To view Saturday’s entries, click the following link: Thursday Results – Charlottetown Driving Park.