Maritime horses present at Canada's richest harness race this weekend

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Canadas richest harness race, the $1.5-million Pepsi North America Cup, goes to post here Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway, with a strong Maritime flavour.

Three of the 10 horses have Maritime connections while Bible Hill native son Jody Jamieson is driving one of the favorites.

Canadas richest harness race, the $1.5-million Pepsi North America Cup, goes to post here Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway, with a strong Maritime flavour.

Three of the 10 horses have Maritime connections while Bible Hill native son Jody Jamieson is driving one of the favorites.

The North America Cup race will be telecast on the SCORE network, beginning at 9:30 p.m. (ADT).

For the second year in a row, the Whebby Stables of Dartmouth, N. S. will have a horse in the rich final. Last year, Feelin Friskie, who went away as the favorite, was beaten by a half-length. This year, the Whebby entry Watta Hotshot is considered a long-shot, going away at 20-1 in the morning line.

Watta Hotshot finished a strong-closing third in his elimination heat last week, some 2 1/2 lengths behind Yankee Skyscraper in a 1:50.2 mile, the fastest of three elimination heats. Veteran driver Jack Moiseyev will drive on Saturday night for trainer Scott Bell, a native of Charlottetown.

Reserve Forces, a Real Desire colt from the Carl Jamieson Stable, got into the Cup final when one of the finalist was scratched because of lameness. A fourth-place finisher in the eliminations, Reserve Forces will be driven by Andy Miller from Post 9.

Carls son Jody Jamieson usually drives the colt, but was committed to drive the second-choice favorite Tell All, who won last weeks elimination heat in 1:50.4.

It marked the second time Wallace, N. S. native Carl Jamieson has had a horse in the North America Cup. The last time, Duke Of Abbey finished a surprising third, sent off at 25-1 by the punters.

Carl is not concerned that Reserve Forces is a 25-1 long shot and suggests his horse should be competitive.

The other horse with a Maritime connection is Two Tentytwo, a 20-1 shot who is trained by Memramcook, N.B. native Rheal Bourgeois.

Charlottetown native Mark MacDonald will drive 20-1 shot Domitian Hanover from Post 5.

Jody says he likes his chances with Tell All.

I think hes got a great shot. Even if it doesnt set up great for me, I think my horse will be able to overcome some adversity. Obviously, Im going to try to work out a perfect trip, but if it doesnt work out, I think hes still a good enough horse to overcome that.

A fast-closing colt who 'races stronger off the pace' according to Carl Jamieson, Reserve Forces 'is a horse who really loves racing. He loves to be on the racetrack doing his job, and hes a really nice horse to be around.'

"If the colt has an Achilles heel, its just that: he suffers from bad feet," Jamieson says, and has spent the last few weeks doing all of his training in a swimming pool rather than on a stonedust surface.

Organizations: The North

Geographic location: Canada, North America, Charlottetown Bible Hill America Dartmouth Memramcook

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