Horses heading for the island
A Pugwash resident has two entries in the Gold Cup and Saucer race, the Maritimes' richest and most prestigious harness race, which is celebrating its 50th running this year at Charlottetown Driving Park.
Paul Gray, who has established a state-of-the-industry horse farm on the Gulf Shore, has entered Hilo, a six-year-old gelding who won nine straight races at Montreal last year, and St. Pete Star, a five-year-old stallion who won the $10,000 Robert McCain Memorial at Woodstock, N.B. last Friday night.
Danny Romo, who trains and drives for the veteran owner, will leave from post 2 in the first of three Gold Cup and Saucer trails on Saturday night while St. Pete Star has drawn Post 5 for the second trial on Sunday afternoon.
The Monday night trial will decide the final three entries in the $60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final on Aug. 22. The top three finishers in each of the trials advance.
Gray says he feels his horses will be competitive, although the presence of track record holder and pacing millionaire Silent Swing make the Ontario invader the horse to beat.
St. Pete Star was a finalist in last year's race.