History of North America Cup

History & Records Facts & Figures Winners Ledger



    2014 marks the 31st edition of the Pepsi North America Cup.

It takes awhile to build history and tradition. In the case of the Pepsi North America Cup, staged for the first time in 1984, the past 30 years have indeed shaped the event as one of the standards of excellence in harness racing. The continent's finest three year-old pacers in training, a one million dollar purse, and dramatic finishes, have all factored into establishing the Cup as a world class sporting event.

A glance at some of the past winners bears truth to the calibre of horses involved: Somebeachsomewhere, Jate Lobell, Precious Bunny, Presidential Ball and Gallo Blue Chip - all claimed the title with memorable performances. It was Rocknroll Hanover who shone in the spotlight in 2009. The fleet-footed son of Western Ideal springboarded from his triumph in the Pepsi North America Cup to divisional honours and multiple accolades on both sides of the border.

Before it became known as the North America Cup in 1984, it was called the Queen City Pace. The late great "Pacing Machine" Cam Fella, won the 1982 edition, and later sired four Cup champions (Goalie Jeff, Precious Bunny, Presidential Ball and Cams Card Shark). His legacy continues: the 2001 winner Bettors Delight is a grandson of Cam Fella.

In 2008, pacing phenom Somebeachsomewhere lived up to the incredible pre-race hype by devastating the competition in 1:49. It was perhaps the mostly highly-anticipated NA Cup performance and the 'Beach' delivered to the cheers of more than 10,000 adoring fans.

This year at Mohawk, we look forward to adding another great champion to the list of Pepsi North America Cup winners. We hope you enjoy this classic race, featuring the very best the sport has to offer.

WEG's racing analyst Mike Hamilton has been tracking the Pepsi North America Cup since it first began back in 1984.  Each year, he provides some unique historical facts and figures surrounding Canada's richest harness race.

Woodbine Entertainment's Communications Department has compiled some great statistical information on previous drivers and trainers.  The information can be downloaded as the following reports.  Click on the name of the appropriate report to download immediately as a PDF.

Handicapping the 2014 NA Cup