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Gold Cup trials kick off at CDP

SECOND WEEK OF SUMMER BREAK
The horsemen and women of Truro Raceway remain in the middle of the summer break in the wake of the Dutch Mason Blues Festival.
With the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition set to start Aug. 25, live harness racing will return to Bible Hill Aug. 30.
The raceway will, however, continue with the regular simulcast schedule of both thoroughbred and standardbred racing from North American tracks. The daily schedule is available online at www.truroraceway.ca.

GOLD CUP TRIALS
Eighteen entries will start in three divisions of the Gold Cup and Saucer Trials with Trial 1 slated for this evening at the CDP in Charlottetown and Trials 2 and 3 slated for tomorrow afternoon and Monday night respectively.
The top three finishers of each division will advance to the nine-horse field Gold Cup and Saucer $60,000 final to be run Aug. 22.
Prominent Pugwash owner, Paul Gray, will send out two starters, one in Trial 1 and the other on Sunday in the second contest. Tonight Gray's six-year-old American bred Hilo, winner of last year's Johnny Conroy and carrying a life's best of 1:52.4, will take a look out of Post 2 while St. Pete Star, winner of Woodstock's $10,000 McCain Memorial Invitational, will be in the hunt tomorrow afternoon to earn a berth in the 50th edition of one of Canada's most prestigious events, the Gold Cup and Saucer Invitational Final.
Brookfield horseman Ryan Ellis and his top rated San Marco Hanover has been invited as a key player for the Papermaker and Premier Pace slated for Gold Cup weekend in
Charlottetown.

RACETRACK GOES PINK
Truro Raceway will be covered in pink with the presentation of the third annual Mildred Williams Ladies International Driving Challenge Sept. 3, highlighted as Leg 18 of the 24-stop series.
Initiated by Ottawa area horsewoman Anne Curran, the driving series is designed to promote the sport of harness racing and lady drivers, encourage women to attend the races as fans and customers, honour female harness racing pioneer Mildred Williams as well as raise money for women-related charities.
Again for 2009 the organizing committee will be channelling the donations to the Survivors on Shortts Lake Dragon Boat Team, increasing public awareness and supporting their vision of a world free of breast cancer.

Organizations: CDP, Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, North American Mildred Williams Ladies International Driving Challenge Survivors on Shortts Lake Dragon Boat Team

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Bible Hill, Canada Ottawa

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