2019 Gold Cup and Saucer
If you’re looking for one of the most unique and entertaining racing experiences, in the most beautiful setting, you want to be at the Gold Cup and Saucer in 2019. Held in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, just off the East Coast of Canada, it’s been held since the early 1960s and has been considered one of the most celebrated harness racing events in Eastern Canada. Each August, as a culmination of Old Home Week, the fastest horses and most skilled drivers compete in 15 racing programs in nine days. With racing taking place during both the day and night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino.
The race itself is the final event during Old Home Week where a little history is added to on Gold Cup night, as the Island Hymn is played and the crowds focus their attention on the horses and drivers approaching the field. All of the lights go out oncourse. Both horse and driver are introduced to the packed crowd by spotlight, to the roars of the crowd. At exactly two minutes to midnight, the call to the post is heard, and horse and driver get ready to compete in the Gold Cup and Saucer Race, one of the most anticipated shows in harness racing. The race caller himself is so revved up you have to wonder how his voice lasts a whole race card, outdone only by the screams of the crowd.
Old Home Week also incorporates The Gold Cup Parade where 60,000 line the streets of Charlottetown to celebrate the historic race, enjoying the streams of floats, marching bands – some with drums and bagpipes, and some with brass – as well as the fun-loving clowns, balloon displays, children’s performers and the ever-popular vintage cars.
Scores of volunteers design and build floats on which they wave and dance and greet the crowds. Amongst the audience, the biggest smiles will be found on the faces of the children while they watch wide eyed with excitement and enjoy waving back to everyone in the parade.The Gold Cup and Saucer Parade is a testament to the enthusiasm displayed by locals to honour the time old traditions which encompass the entire spirit of celebration each year during Old Home Week.
Old Home Week also offers entertainment similar to a New Zealand A&P Show, with agricultural shows, amusement rides and live music. Plus the casino is attached to the Red Shores track offering plenty of excitement along with the Island’s own tourist features.
The tour will also incorporate Toronto and surrounding nearby areas, visiting top harness racing stables and stud farms including those belonging to leading Canadian trainer Casie Coleman, Anthony MacDonald’s factional ownership operation at ‘The Stable’ and the home of Cam Fella – Prince Lee Acres.
It promises to offer not only a harness racing experience that so many include on their bucket list, but opportunities and memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime!