Red River Hanover alone at the finish of the 2002 North America Cup, winning by 2 lengths.
· North America Cup Results
The North America Cup at Woodbine, one of the most important races on the continent for three year old pacers, will be run Saturday night June 18th. Sponsored by Pepsi and with a purse of $1,542,500 (Canadian) it is the richest harness race in Canada. It is also the first leg of the Grand Slam of Pacing. A horse that sweeps the four race series, which includes the North America Cup (Woodbine), Meadowlands Pace (Meadowlands), Little Brown Jug (Delaware County Fair) and the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace (Meadowlands), wins a $1 million bonus.
Unlike in thoroughbred racing, almost all harness races are run at a mile and entry into the finals of major stakes races involves eliminations the week before. For the North America Cup, four elimination races were run on Saturday, June 11th.
Honorary drawmaster retired hockey coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman and top local driver Chris Christoforou who will handle favorite Allamerican Native.
First run in 1984, the race has featured a who's who of pacing history, with such winners as Jate Lobell, Precious Bunny, Presidential Ball, Cam's Card Shark and Gothic Dream. The late Cam Fella won the race in 1982 (when it was still called the Queen City Pace), and went on to sire four North America Cup winners: Goalie Jeff, Precious Bunny, Presidential Ball and Cam's Card Shark. 1987 winner Jate Lobell went on to sire three winners of his own: Safely Kept, David's Pass, and Gothic Dream. In 2000, the bay gelding Gallo Blue Chip used his win as a stepping stone to divisional honors in Canada and Horse of the Year distinction in the United States. Last year's winner Red River Hanover defeated his favored stablemate Mach Three by two lengths in a track record time of 1:48 4/5 with driver Luc Ouellette at the reins.
Favorite Allamerican Native at the Breeders' Crown last year.
The race is the sixth on Saturday and goes to post at 9:42pm ET. It will be shown on The Score in Canada or you can watch it online at the Woodbine website. Here are the entries for the 2003 Pepsi North America Cup:
|1||Allamerican Native||Sal Capone||Chris Christoforou||6-5|
|2||Artesian||Cosmo De Pinto||Mike Lachance||7-1|
|3||Yankee Cruiser||Tim Pinske||Dean Magee||4-1|
|4||Articulator||Stew Firlotte||Doug Brown||30-1|
|5||Tarpaulin Hanover||Dan Altmeyer||Roger Mayotte||30-1|
|6||Execujet||Richard Gillock||Mike Saftic||15-1|
|7||Allamerican Theory||Des Tackoor||David Miller||7-2|
|8||Quarter Carat||John McDermott||Daniel Dube||20-1|
|9||Make A Success||Dan Altmeyer||Mike Wilder||30-1|
|10||Totally Western||Ben Wallace||Mario Baillargeon||8-1|
The North America Cup Trophy
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