Islander Marc Campbell raced to a track record in this year's Gold Cup and Saucer harness race in front of a hometown crowd.

Campbell and his horse Escape the News broke the record with a time of 1:50.4. An estimated 20,000 people watched him win in Charlottetown.

"It's a thrill of a lifetime. This is a race I wanted to win. I've been coming since 1994," Campbell said.

"I've been … dreaming of winning it. So it's definitely on my bucket list."

Campbell, from Charlottetown, was driving for Burke Racing Stable in New Jersey. The owners have 275 horses that race mainly out of Pennsylvania.

Owner Mickey Burke was impressed with Campbell.

"Believe me, if he wants to come to the States, he's got a full-time job. And you know we have some of the best drivers in the country driving for us and he can go right with them," Burke said.

Campbell said it was an honour to drive Escape the News.

The Gold Cup and Saucer is a prestigious harness race in the Maritimes. It capped off Old Home Week, a provincewide annual event.