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2005 Pepsi North America Cup


2005 Pepsi North America Cup Draw

Guest drawmaster Tie Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the North America Cup post position draw.

Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated June 15, 2005
The post positions for the final of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness race in Canada, were drawn Tuesday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi was on hand as the guest drawmaster, assisting Woodbine's racing secretary Scott McKelvie. A field of 10 three-year-old pacing colts will line up behind the gate, with the winner taking home $750,000.

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.

1Load The DiceDavid MillerChris Ryder12-1
2Cams FoolJohn CampbellBrett Pelling7-1
3Runover FeelingLuc OuelletteKelly O’Donnell6-1
4Stonebridge RegalJack MoiseyevBob McIntosh5-2
5Rocknroll HanoverBrian SearsBrett Pelling7-5
6Gold Dust BeachSteve CondrenJoe Seekman30-1
7Leading X AmpleRandy WaplesBill Elliott8-1
8TidewaterRon PierceBill Elliot30-1
9I ZeeChris ChristoforouBob McIntosh20-1
10American IdealMark MacDonaldCasie Coleman20-1
AEDivot HanoverSylvain FilionRichard Moreau-
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