Wallace, N.S., native Carl Jamieson is bringing last years Gold Cup and Saucer winner Banner Yankee back to the races to defend his title, but before they race at Charlottetown Driving Park they have a dance card at Woodstock, N.B. this Friday.
WOODSTOCK, N.B. - Wallace, N.S., native Carl Jamieson is bringing last years Gold Cup and Saucer winner Banner Yankee back to the races to defend his title, but before they race at Charlottetown Driving Park they have a dance card at Woodstock, N.B. this Friday.
Banner Yankee, with Jamieson at the controls, is one of five starters in the $15,000 Robert McCain Memorial, the signature race of the year at Connell Park.
The five-year-old stallion drew the rail for his first start of the season after standing for stud duty in Quebec.
Others in the field include Olay Olay from the Whebby Stables of Dartmouth, N.S., Rookies Raising, ORourke Three, and Lies The Truth, a six-year-old pacer who qualified last week in 1:56.3 at Truro for new owner Raymond Deagle of Antigonish.
Other major racing events upcoming this weekend include the Nova Scotia Stake at Northside Downs in North Sydney.
Northside Downs will be hosting a 13-dash program on Saturday - the largest since the North Sydney track began racing this year - highlighted by four divisions of the Nova Scotia Stakes Series.
There will be two $6,700 divisions of three-year-old pacing colts and two $6,450 divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies in the Nova Scotia Series for Nova Scotia-foaled horses.
P H Cardshark, who won the inaugural two-year-old colt race last year at Inverness Raceway, has returned from the United States to defend his crown for owner Dr. Jim Shive of Shubenacadie, N.S.
Not only will it be the first time that Northside Downs has hosted a major stakes race, but the afternoon card will also see some of the top drivers in the Maritimes (Gilles Barrieau, Todd Trites, Clare MacDonald, Bernard McCallum and Phil Pinkney) making their first appearance at the North Sydney track.
The Nova Scotia Stake series is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association with assistance from Standardbred Canada.
(Atlantic Post Calls)