Basking in the glow of Blissfull Breeze's win in the $60,000 final of the Sobey's Gold Cup & Saucer, victorious trainer Dean Nixon has said that the show Red Shores puts on for the annual event
should not be unique to the island.
An article by Nick Oakes in The Guardian has quoted Nixon as saying that Blissfull Breeze's win in the Gold Cup & Saucer is one of his career milestones.
It's not like Nixon won a million-dollar event on The Island this past weekend, but the event is prestigious for reasons beyond six or seven-figure purses.
“I think something that is missing in horse racing is the pageantry,” Nixon said.
He went on to praise the Charlottetown Driving Park's announcer, Vance Cameron, who helps set the tone for the biggest race of the year in the Maritimes.
“That is a post parade worthy of a $6 million race, not a $60,000 race. That alone is worth the price of admission.”
Nixon also stated that the excitement of PEI's Old Home Week is not lost on the rest of the nation.
“The rest of Canada knows this is a prestigious race, even if they have no connection to it. Anyone that has seen the spectacle here with the post parade, and all the great horses and horsemen that have come here and failed and come and succeeded. It’s a pretty good history in harness racing.”
(With files from The Guardian)