YS Lotus Wins Gold Cup & Saucer
NOTE: The 2yo Colt Pace scheduled for
Inverness on Sept. 11th is an ATLANTIC SIRES event NOT a Nova Scotia Stake
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Charlottetown , PE – YS Lotus overtook his stablemate and fellow trial winner Go Daddy Go down the backstretch and paced away to a 1:50.1 record victory in the 57th edition of the $60,000 Sobey's Gold Cup & Saucer to close out the Saturday, August 20 card just after midnight at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park.
Driver Louis-Philippe Roy and YS Lotus gave trainer Rene Allard his second victory in P.E.I.'s signature race while Go Daddy Go and Brad Forward completed a sweep of the top-two spots for owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, Que.
YS Lotus lowered the 1:50.3 all-age track record set by the Allard-trained Crombie A during last year's Gold Cup & Saucer trials. The time of the mile also equalled the Canadian record for older pacers on a half-mile track, which was established by Rockin Ron in this year's Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs.
With the inside post advantage, Go Daddy Go established the lead off the gate while Limelight Beach and Anthony MacDonald fired out from post six and were able to secure the pocket position through a :26.2 first quarter. Paparazzi Hanover and Travis Cullen followed in third, with YS Lotus in mid-pack.
As Go Daddy Go led the field in front of the grandstand towards the half in :54.1, his stablemate YS Lotus made his move and began to advance first over with Alexas Jackpot and Jody Jamieson following the cover.
YS Lotus moved up to confront the favoured front-striding Allard trainee down the backstretch and worked to clear as they raced past the third quarter mark in 1:22.2. He began to open up a couple of lengths on top turning for home and continued to draw away down the lane in a :27.4 final quarter to win by six lengths in 1:50.1.
Alexas Jackpot finished third with Ron Burke trainees Limelight Beach and fan favourite Foiled Again, driven by Marc Campbell, earning the final paycheques in fourth and fifth, respectively. Paparazzi Hanover was sixth while D Gs Camme and Gilles Barrieau finished seventh. Allard's third entry, Shades Of Bay, and Corey MacPherson completed the field after breaking stride.
YS Lotus paid $6.70 to win. A career winner of 17 races and over $200,000 in purses, the five-year-old If I Can Dream-Bolero Takara gelding is undefeated in five starts in the province of P.E.I. He swept the Governor's Plate at Summerside Raceway in July and has now won three straight at Charlottetown, including a 1:51.1 front-end effort in his Gold Cup & Saucer trial.
"This Island, he hasn't lost here yet," said Allard of YS Lotus. "The owner's had him since he was two or three; he bought in on him and he ended up owning all of him. Yves Sarrazin from Quebec, he is one of my biggest owners and he's a great guy. We're happy we got it done. I've had the horse for a couple of years and we brought him here and he's got all the confidence in the world now. He's brave and was good tonight.
"He [Louis-Philippe Roy] drove him really well. I was a little concerned about sending him off the gate this week. We had a bit of a different strategy [than in the trial] and it worked out."
"It's crazy, I've never seen that much people and that much atmosphere around one race," said Roy of his Gold Cup & Saucer driving debut. "I never thought this year I could even be driving in this race so to win it is a big bonus."
courtesy of Red Shores
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