Dunachton Gale, the only Maritime bred in this year's Gold Cup and Saucer field, stepped to a personal best of 1:53.1 in Saturday night's $12,500 Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1.
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Dunachton Gale, the only Maritime bred in this year's Gold Cup and Saucer field, stepped to a personal best of 1:53.1 in Saturday night's $12,500 Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 1.
Phil Pinkney drove the six-year-old Drop Off-Just Say Yes stallion to a three-length victory over Marymatt Hanover as he posted his ninth win in 11 starts this season.
Harmony P, in rein to Mike MacDonald, and Presidential Kid (Anthony MacDonald) were the other two horses who qualified for next Saturday's $60,000 final.
Dunachton Gale got away from Post 7, but Pinkney had him on the move at the half-way marker, tipping three wide at the three-quarters to clear to the lead.
The biggest crowd of the season cheered the Maritime invitational pacer home.
Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 2 goes tonight at Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre with defending champion Banner Yankee leaving from Post 5 for Wallace, N.S., native Carl Jamieson. The top four finishers in this division advance to the championship final.
In Saturday afternoon action, Nortie T and Southview Sally won their $12,400 divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies with identical times of 1:56.2 For Northie T, the clocking was a new personal record for the Drop Off-Whist Hanover miss, co-owned by Lloyd Nelson of Truro and Robert Watt of Timberlea, N.S.