The jubilant connections of Country Estate in the winners circle at Charlottetown after the four-year-olds 1:52.4 victory in Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 2. It was the fastest mile ever by a Maritime-bred on a Maritime racetrack.Atlantic Post Calls Photo
Cumberland County connections were well represented in the Maritimes most prestigious and richest harness racing event - the $60,000, 49th running of the Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre.
Country Estate, a four-year-old Force Of Life stallion owned by Wentworth native?Wes Patriquin earned a berth in the final when he won Trial 2 with a 1:52.4 victory for Paul MacKenzie.
The mile was the fastest ever by a Maritime-bred horse over a Maritime racetrack and the fastest Old Home Week mile of 2008.
Country Estate led briefly in the championship final, but tired at the end of Sundays race and finished out of the money.
Banner Yankee, driven and co-owned by Wallace native Carl Jamieson, won Trial 1 in 1:53.2, and just missed winning the final by a length to Pownel Bay Matt in 1:53.4.
The other Cumberland County entry was St. Pete Star, owned by Paul Gray, who finished last.
Gray had a successful Old Home Week, however, as his two-year-old trotter Grayland Bling won a $7,200 Atlantic Sires Stakes event and his three-year-old pacing filly Grayland Bad Girl captured a $12,000 gold division of the Lady Slipper Stake with a personal best of 1:58.1. The filly had won an Atlantic Sires StakesB event earlier in the week.
Among the other Old Home Week winners was Ivan Jamieson,who had two wins with his trotter Demasuadi Tequila and Clayton Stevens of Pugwash, who won with his four-year-old mare Phightenphilly.
Doug Harkness is editor of Atlantic Post Calls