Clash of the Greats

The Confederation Cup has a long and distinguished history that is synonymous with world class horse racing action, magnificent horses and a tradition of quality harness racing. Governor Skipper won the Confederation Cup in 1977 and was also announced the Pacer of the Year. Other spectacular horses have graced this prestige event with their presence, including big names such as Abercrombie and the “Pacing Machine” Cam Fella. This year, organizers are gearing up for an event that will be remembered, with some of the most talented horses in harness racing getting ready to fight for victory at the 32nd Confederation Cup.

On Sunday, 17 August 2008, the stands at Flamboro Downs will be packed for the Confederation Cup. Not only will the harness racing phenomenon Somebeachsomewhere be in the lineup, but Shadow Play, recent victor of the Delvin Miller Adios, will be taking on the almost impossible in this $650 000 event.

Somebeachsomewhere, out of Wheres The Beach and sired by the magnificent Mach Three, is a three year old pacer that has been unstoppable until July, when he narrowly lost against Art Official in the Meadowlands Pace. Only feeling the pinch of loss once throughout his career, Somebeachsomewhere is a formidable force to be reckoned with and trainer Brent MacGrath has full confidence in his horse. Indeed, he will be the horse to watch out for in the Confederation Cup.

Coming off from a powerful victory in the Delvin Miller Adios, record breaking Shadow Play will be pitted against harness racing’s best before taking a well deserved break to get ready for training for the Little Brown Jug. Winning eleven of his twenty-eight career starts, Shadow Play is no stranger to the track, and jockey Dave Miller commented that they will be going out to perform their best. Even if they are unable to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, they are determined to make it a memorable race.

The Confederation Cup is bound to be a racing event filled with thrills and action, and horse racing enthusiasts are encouraged to book their place on the stands while there are still tickets available. It is certainly an event that any fan will regret missing.