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The Pegasus World Cup, the planned $12 million race announced this year by The Stronach Group, has been assigned a Grade 1 rating for 2017 by the committee that assigns grades to U.S. stakes races, the committee announced on Friday.The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association voted to assign the highest rating in the U.S. to the race after noting that the Pegasus is expected to replace the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., on the U.S. racing calendar.While the decision by the committee was not unexpected, the assignment of a Grade 1 rating lends cachet to a race that is being run under highly unusual conditions. For the race, The Stronach Group, the owner of Gulfstream Park and a handful of other tracks, has said it has sold 12 berths in the race to individuals and partnerships for $1 million each. 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COLE HARBOUR, Nova Scotia -- As a young man, Sidney Crosby hardly ever walked the streets of his hometown.He either spent his time at the rink or school, or playing street hockey in front of his parents house or in a parking lot of a local church.For the second time in his NHL career, the 28-year-old captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins strolled those same streets of Cole Harbour on Friday and Saturday with the Stanley Cup in hand for all to see and enjoy. After all, he said it was this community, its people and his family that helped shape him into the person he is today, which is arguably the greatest hockey player in the world.On June 12, he helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup with a victory over the San Jose Sharks, earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the postseason. On Saturday, he stood in the back of a shiny white Ford F-150 with both trophies in his possession, sharing them with more than 30,000 fans along Forest Hills Parkway, the same route he took to Cole Harbour Place, where he honed his skills as a young player.The parade began in the parking lot of St. John XXII church, the same place he played street hockey as a kid. Escorted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, along with Halifax local police, the convoy rolled onto Colby Drive, turned right and lasted almost two miles up Forest Hills Parkway and into Cole Harbour Place, where a massive stage was erected behind the ice rink.Even though it was his second time celebrating a Stanley Cup parade on this route, he took the time on Saturday to recall those mental images as a child.The whole time, thats exactly what goes through your mind, Crosby said. You see the crowd. You see the people, but you also think about what comes to mind when you pass that area. Where we started, I used to play street hockey in that parking lot, and thats where I walked on my way to school. I dont think I ever thought I would be starting off my Stanley Cup parade there. Yeah, all those things go through your head. The way to the rink here, thats exactly how I came to the rink for every game or practice. Thats what its about. Its about dreams coming true and being able to share it with everybody.Along the parade route, he saw former teachers and coaches. A couple from Ohio traveled for three days via Detroit to attend the parade. Youth hockey players and their families that attended Crosbys weeklong camp were in attendance too. The majority of the fans were from Cole Harbour.Standing on the corner of Colby Drive and Forest Hills Parkway, Derek McCarthy and his family couldnt wait to see Crosby and the Cup. McCarthy was an assistant coach when Crosby played midget AAA at age 13.He was mature beyond his years, recalled McCarthy.In one of the parade trucks, Crosby had a special guest.Sidney Sherman, 6, was born in the early-morning hours on Nov. 29, 2009. The night before, Crosby scored a hat trick and added two assists for five points in an 8-3 win over the New York Rangers. During that performance, Kim Sherman, a native of Cole Harbour, was in labor, and along with her husband, the plan was to name their soon-to-be daughter, Olivia.How could we not name her Sidney after that game? Kim Sherman said before Saturdays parade, while 6-year-old Sidney sat in excitement in the back seat, sporting a Crosby jersey and sipping a root beer.She is a Sidney, Sherman said. This is very overwhelming and very exciting. She even sleeps with a Crosby doll every night.When the convoy reached the stage behind the ice rink, the Mounties stood in front as Crosby walked up with the Stanley Cup over his head. The crowd went crazy as he pulled it toward him and kissed it.Who wouldnt want to come back to this? Crosby said, during a brief interview on stage with TSNs Gord Miller. Crosby ended the session with a message for the fans.Thank you, he said. Thank you for your support. It means a lot. You guys dont understand. I know Im far away [in Pittsburgh], but I can always feel the support no matter where I go and [home] is a special place and Im proud to come back here. I hope we can do this again, so thank you very much.Earlier in the week, Crosby admitted he went to bed too early the first time he hosted the Stanley Cup in 2009. He wasnt going to make that mistake twice.True to that promise, from the time the Keeper of the Cup, Phil Pritchard, arrived on Friday in Halifax, Crosby was nonstop. He visited a veterans hospital and childrens hospital on Friday, and even sneaked into a Tim Hortons restaurant to pose with employees and customers. He boarded a Harbour Hopper, which is an amphibious vessel for land and sea that was used during the Vietnam War and is now used for tours around Halifax. He also had a private harbor cruise for friendss and family later in the night.dddddddddddd There were a few other spots in between.I went to bed at 5 [a.m.], he said with a smile. I probably got three or four hours [of sleep] but I feel pretty good. Its pretty hot out here today. I thought it was going to be a little tougher than it was, but I think youre running on adrenaline for two days when you have it. I wasnt going to try to save myself for [Saturday]. I was going to try and get every hour in I could with the Cup. It will be moving on [Saturday night], so Ive got to soak up every minute with it.Crosby crammed a lot into two days with the Cup in his hometown. There were no bells and whistles. Crosby kept it simple. It was a grassroots parade and his fans showed up in droves to witness it.No matter who you talked with in town, they talked about how genuine Crosby is both on and off the ice. He also hosted his second annual hockey school at Cole Harbour Place this week. A group of 160 youth players from all over the world participated in the camp. Crosby works the entire camp and is hands-on, along with everyone else who volunteers.Its important to come back here just because this is a place that had such a great influence for me growing up, and for so many people, the guys who didnt necessarily move on to play in the NHL but friends and the group of people I grew up with, I know the people in this community had a huge impact on on where they are today, Crosby said, so the great thing is a lot of those people are still involved in the community now.Crosby described it as unique to have some of the same coaches and volunteers still helping out. One in particular had, and continues to have, a massive impact on Crosbys life and career. Paul Mason, who was Crosbys peewee coach, runs Crosbys hockey camp, the rink and just about everything else hockey or sports related in town. Outside of his parents, no one knows Crosby better than Mason.As Mason explained, the best way to describe Crosby is his mailing address.Before Crosby reached elite levels in the hockey world, locals said they were from Halifax because no one knew where Cole Harbour was. But during interviews when asked where he was from, Crosby would say, Cole Harbour.He never said Halifax. It was always Cole Harbour. Not only myself, but many other people after he did that, we now write Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia even though theres no such mailing address as Cole Harbour -- we all do it -- everyone in the hockey community and beyond, Mason said.During Crosbys celebration on Saturday, he made it a point to credit Mason for the work he does in the community, including the hockey camp. Along with Crosbys parents, Troy and Trina, Mason owns and runs the pro shop inside Cole Harbour Place. The pro shop is also the hub of the hockey community. People come in to get their skates sharpened, or just to talk hockey. Its more than a pro shop.On the final day of the camp, Crosby surprised the kids with the Stanley Cup. There were four groups that had a team-style picture taken with Crosby and the Cup to have as a keepsake.Crosby is only 28 and his legacy is already cemented as one of the best hockey players ever to play the game. There should be more to come from No. 87.Im just trying to go year-by-year, he said. As a hockey player, as an athlete, youre trying to improve and get better every year and work on things. As far as the off-ice things, whether its the foundation or different things you want to be involved in, things kind of progress and develop and you kind of find your way a little bit. I think thats a year-to-year thing but definitely with the foundation, this camp, as far as the off-ice things are considered, I think its gotten a little bit easier and you find a little more direction in what you like and what youre passionate about. Thats an important thing given the position that were in.Many in the community, including Mason, are pushing to have Forest Hills Parkway -- the Stanley Cup parade route -- renamed after Crosby.Its a compliment. Im flattered by it, he said. Thats up to other people. When I think of Forest Hills Parkway, thats the way I remember it. But its maybe different for others. Like I said, its a compliment and Im honored by it but I have no expectations either way.In 2009, the biggest issue the local police along the parade route had was preventing elderly women from bringing Crosby flowers. On Saturday, old and young alike were drawn to the person and the player they are so proud to call one of their own.Theres an affection for him from everyone, Mason said, just because hes a better person than he is a hockey player. ' ' '

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