Cumberland horses looking for golden victory on island

Doug Harkness
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Charlottetown - There will be three horses with Cumberland County connections looking for gold in the $60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final at Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre on Saturday night.

Four-year-old Country Estate, owned by Wentworth native Wes Patriquin, electrified the Monday night Old Home Week crowd by winning Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 2 in 1:52.4 for driver Paul MacKenzie, establishing a record for Maritime-breds on a Maritime track. It was the fourth fastest mile ever at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Joining Patriquins horse in the final will be St. Pete Star, a four-year-old pacer owned by Paul Gray of Pugwash.

St Pete Star, driven by Danny Romo, finished in a dead heat for fourth behind Country Estate on Monday night and will start in the $60,000 final. Racing officials ruled that both St. Pete Star and Mighty And Strong could advance to the final, making it the second time ever that there have been nine horses in the final.

Banner Yankee, a winner in 2006, won Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1 last Saturday for Wallace native Carl Jamieson in 1:53.2.

Organizations: Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Country Estate, Maritime Cumberland County

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