CHARLOTTETOWN -- Mickey Hanover has earned himself a spot on the track record sign after a 1:50.4 track record equaling performance in Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer Trial 2 Monday night at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Marc Campbell drove the six-year-old The Panderosa stallion for trainer Rene Allard and owners Allard Racing Inc. of Saint-Esprit and Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, Que., and Daniel Dube of Millstone, N.J.
The horse left from Post 4 and secured the lead before laying down fractions of 26.2, 54.2 and 1:22.4 with no serious challenges before cruising home in 28 flat for the victory by two-and-three-quarter lengths over Take It Back Terry (Gilles Barrieau) and Scott Rocks (Jonathan Drury).
The mile equals the track record set by Escape The News and Campbell in last year’s Gold Cup and Saucer final.
Wazzup Wazzup (James MacDonald) made a break at the three-quarters but came back on to finish fourth and earn himself a spot in Saturday’s final.
Mach Wheel (Paul MacKenzie) was fifth with Duke Did It (Robert Shepherd) sixth.
Campbell also won Trial 1 with Aracache Hanover in 1:51.4 on a wet cold Saturday night in Charlottetown and says there are similarities between both trial winning horses.
“They’re both kind of big good looking animals and they both have a beautiful gait and that’s why they’re such good horses, their gait,” Campbell said after trial 2 of Aracache Hanover and Mickey Hanover. “They cover ground so effortlessly. I just chased (Mickey Hanover) down to the wire but I imagine he has a little more if someone came down fighting to him.”
Aracache Hanover went a second slower but Campbell says you cannot discount that mile.
“That horse was on cruise control in 1:51.4 on a colder night and the track wasn’t as good so both trips were pretty amazing.”
Campbell intends on driving Aracache Hanover in the $75,000 final Saturday night.
“I don’t even know if there is a decision. Burke’s asked me first so I kind of have to go with him.”
Another Gold Cup and Saucer victory is the crowning jewel for a driver in the Maritimes with family and friends onside but Campbell doesn’t rule out better things for his future.
“You always got to dream bigger and maybe someday you can move on and see what happens but right now this is definitely it.”
Mickey Hanover, Take It Back Terry, Scott Rocks and Wazzup Wazzup will join Trial 1 qualifiers Bigtown Hero, Island Jet, Shock It To Em and Aracache Hanover in Saturday’s Gold Cup and Saucer final.
The three-year-old colt pacers strutted their stuff Monday afternoon.
Rancousy was the fastest winner of the day with a 1:55.4 victory in his $7,460 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner Donald Charles Smith of Brookside, N.S.
The Western Paradise-Too Spicy For You colt was sent to front from Post 4 through fractions of 28.4, 58.1 and 1:26.4 before drawing away to a four-length win over Just A Professor (Marc Campbell) and Woodmere Artisan (Paul Langille).
Arties Magic shot up the inside to narrowly win his division with a nose decision over Island Gigolo (Gilles Barrieau).
Rebelseven (Campbell) laid down the fractions of 28.1, 57.4 and 1:27.4 before Todd Trites used the passing lane to give Arties Magic the 1:58.2 win for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire and Clive Balderston of Moncton.
Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) finished third while Rebelseven faded to fourth.
Hollywoodgigolo utilized a two-hole ride to win his division for driver Mike Stevenson, trainer John Clarey and owner Scott Dunn of Montague.
Race-favorite Settlement Request (Barrieau) set the tempo with quarters of 29.3, 58.1 and 1:27.3 before Hollywoodgigolo got up for the 1:57.4 decision.
J Ps Warrior (Trites) was third.
Barrieau captured the final division with Tobins Fusion in 1:58.1 over Touch Of Thunder (Earl Smith) and Mr. Vaive (Bernard McCallum).
Touch Of Thunder did all the roadwork through splits of 29, 59.1 and 1:28.4 before being worn down by the first up Tobins Fusion.
The Western Paradise colt is owned by Boyd MacDonald Produce of Crapaud, Dan Ross of Belfast and Charles Seymour of Fredericton, N.B.
The $2,500 B Divisions were won by Tyron My Gigolo (Corey MacPherson) in 2:00.3, Pictonian Storm (Stevenson) in 1:59.4, Come On Gigolo (Heffernan) in 2:01.4 and N Expense (Redmond Doucet) in 2:00.3.