The post position draw followed the format introduced last year, as the winners of the three elimination races got to pick their posts (after a draw among them for a random selection order) while the rest of the field was drawn in the traditional way. The connections of first elimination winner Runover Feeling chose first, as Ohio-based trainer Kelly O'Donnell chose post 3 for the 6-1 third choice on the morning line. Driver Luc Ouellette will be in the sulky on Saturday night. The son of Western Hanover has been ultra consistent so far in his career, winning nine of 11 starts, along with a second and third-place finish. He also won a division of the Burlington Stakes on June 4 at Woodbine.
Trainer Brett Pelling chose post 5 for 7-5 favorite Rocknroll Hanover and driver Brian Sears, winner of the second elimination. Last year, Rocknroll Hanover, owned by Jeffrey Snyder of New York, NY and the Lothlorien Equestrian Centre (Audrey Campbell) of Mississauga, set a world record of 1:49 4/5 when he was a shocking winner of the Metro Pace at Woodbine, scoring at 31-1 odds.
Stonebridge Regal, who posted the fastest time in the eliminations, 1:49 4/5, will start from post 4 for trainer Bob McIntosh and driver Jack Moiseyev. The son of Artsplace has won 9 of 12 starts this year, including the Youthful and Diplomat Series, setting a career mark of 1:49 3/5 in the latter, the fastest mark by any Cup starter. He will be trying to join 1998 winner Straight Path as the only ones to win the Cup after not racing as two-year-olds.
Post time for the 21st edition of the North America Cup will be 9:40pm EDT, and it will be televised on The Score as part of a 2-hour broadcast from 9-11pm. In addition to the Cup, Saturday's card also includes the $342,100 Goodtimes Stakes for three-year-old colt trotters, the $565,600 Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters, and eliminations for the $850,000 Canadian Pacing Derby which will be contested June 25 at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville.
Below are the entries for the Pepsi North America Cup in post position order with their connections and odds including one also-eligible who will draw into the race in the event of a late scratch.
|1||Load The Dice||David Miller||Chris Ryder||12-1|
|2||Cams Fool||John Campbell||Brett Pelling||7-1|
|3||Runover Feeling||Luc Ouellette||Kelly ODonnell||6-1|
|4||Stonebridge Regal||Jack Moiseyev||Bob McIntosh||5-2|
|5||Rocknroll Hanover||Brian Sears||Brett Pelling||7-5|
|6||Gold Dust Beach||Steve Condren||Joe Seekman||30-1|
|7||Leading X Ample||Randy Waples||Bill Elliott||8-1|
|8||Tidewater||Ron Pierce||Bill Elliot||30-1|
|9||I Zee||Chris Christoforou||Bob McIntosh||20-1|
|10||American Ideal||Mark MacDonald||Casie Coleman||20-1|
|AE||Divot Hanover||Sylvain Filion||Richard Moreau||-|