CHARLOTTETOWN – Only four tickets remain to the big dance at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night.
Those tickets will be punched Monday night when Trial 2 for the Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer lines up behind the gate in the Race 12 finale. Post time is 7 p.m.
Trainer Ron Burke will look to sweep both trials with Take It Back Terry from the rail. Aracache Hanover picked up the victory in Trial 1 for Burke and driver Marc Campbell in 1:51.4.
The Burke brigade will turn to Gilles Barrieau to drive Take It Back Terry, a winner two starts back at Yonkers (half-mile track) in 1:51.2.
Trainer Corey Johnson makes his first start on red soil in Trial 2 with the 5-2 morning-line favourite, Wazzup Wazzup. Already a fan favourite on P.E.I. for his name, he has drawn into Post 5.
Islander James MacDonald will return home from Ontario to try and punch his ticket into the 55th running of the Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer. Wazzup Wazzup picked up a new lifetime mark in his last start winning at Mohawk (seven-eights-mile track) in 1:49.
Rene Allard will look to lock down a third spot in the Gold Cup after finishing second and fourth in Trial 1 with Bigtown Hero and Island Jet while Mickey Hanover will take his shot from Post 4 in Trial 2.
Allard will turn the lines over to Campbell. Anthony MacDonald was scheduled to drive, but he has commitments in Ontario.
Mickey Hanover finished sixth in his last start, but had a three-race win streak prior to that outing, including a 1:49.2 score just two starts back.
Scott Rocks will look to rock the field from the outside Post 6. Another trainer looking to land a second horse in the $75,000 final is Chris Oakes, who will turn to Ontario-based driver Jonathan Drury.
Owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey of Pennsylvania, 'Scott' was seventh in his last start off of a scratch, but prior to those two he knocked off four straight with a lifetime best 1:48.3 score.
A pair of brothers will look to make dreams come true when they team up from Post 2 with Duke Did It. Trainer Patrick and driver Robert Shepherd are hoping to punch their ticket with the Ivan Petersheim, a freshly-purchased winner of four in a row.
Duke Did It torched the Truro Raceway in his last start winning in 1:53.2 and tying the track record. He hasn't missed a top-two finish in his last eight and during that streak he has won six times.
Island native Paul MacKenzie is the only driver other than Campbell to win the Gold Cup and Saucer. He will turn to the No. 3 entry, Mach Wheel, to land him in the prestigious race one more time.
The Shane Arsenault-trainee was a winner in his last start at Grand River (half-mile) in 1:54.2 for national driving championship finalist Jody Jamieson.
The top four finishers will join Aracache Hanover, Bigtown Hero, Shock It To Em and Island Jet on Tuesday night for the live post position draw.