Lakota Hall, a runner-up to Dunachton Gale in the stakes record 1:54.2 Governors Plate mile at Summerside, has drawn the rail for Saturday's $7,500 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Cup at Truro Raceway.
TRURO - Lakota Hall, a runner-up to Dunachton Gale in the stakes record 1:54.2 Governors Plate mile at Summerside, has drawn the rail for Saturday's $7,500 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Cup at Truro Raceway.
The invitational pace will share the spotlight with three $9,200 divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts on the Atlantic Grand Circuit Week program that gets under way at 7 p.m.
Walter Cheverie, who will be one of the two Atlantic Canada representatives in the National Driving Championship on Aug. 9, will drive the seven-year-old Cambest stallion for co-owner John Thompson of Charlottetown.
Dunachton Gale, the defending champion and track record holder (1:53.2) drew Post 7 in what is expected to be his toughest test of the season. The Island-bred six-year-old will be looking to extend his win streak to five in a row for his Nova Scotia owners, but faces the likes of Olay Olay, Marymatt Hanover (1:49.4), and Snoopmattydog, a new arrival of the scene with a 1:50.3 record in Ontario this year.
Wayne Whebby decided to start Olay Olay in the Saturday event, using it as a springboard to major three-year-old races in the United States. Olay Olay qualified last Sunday in 1:57 and change for Marc Whebby, who will drive him from Post 2 on Saturday.
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Others are Rigio Hanover, Porthill Alf, and Ready Cash.
Atlantic Grand Circuit Week winds up on Sunday afternoon with divisions of the Frank and Beth Stanfield for three-year-old pacers.
Raceon Star, who had a fifth-place finish on Tuesday night at Truro for Doug Polley Jr, has drawn in to start in the first race on Saturday.Among his rivals will be Elm Island, who will be driven by Doug Polley Sr
The two horses are leaving side by side, causing the younger Polley some concern.
"I hope dad doesn't run into me again."