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MacPher­son leads driver stand­ings

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Red Shores mar­ket­ing, brands and Play­Wise man­ager Lee Drake.

Corey MacPher­son is the man on the move.

He has been win­ning mul­ti­ple races since his re­turn to the track in Novem­ber and takes over the top spot in the driver stand­ings at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park with 13 vic­to­ries. The leg­endary oval has 13 races to­day be­gin­ning at 12:30 p.m.

“I’m feel­ing re­ally good right now and my con­fi­dence is up be­cause I’m driv­ing bet­ter horses too,” MacPher­son said. “It re­ally comes down to the horses, but I’m driv­ing with a bit more pa­tience and I try to put each horse in a po­si­tion to win.”

One of those horses is Idealic Life. The 12-year-old son of Western Ideal is trained by Trevor Hicken and goes for his sev­enth straight score to­day in Race 12. MacPher­son said he’s a plea­sure to drive.

“You can hold him with two fin­gers in the post pa­rade but once you turn him be­hind the gate he’s like a race car. He likes the front but he can come off a hel­met and once I move him, he de­liv­ers such a burst of speed. He’s a nice horse.”

Best Risque goes af­ter her fifth in a row on the open mares hand­i­capped for MacPher­son and trainer Brian Lad­ner.

“I got into a lit­tle trou­ble with her last week and had to go three high to the open­ing quar­ter but she proved how tough she is. That was a big win.” The ros­ter also in­cludes A Fi­esty X Am­ple off the rail for driver Stephen Quinn and conditioner Ni­cholas Oakes. Quinn is third in the stand­ings with four win­ners in the first month of 2016, three be­hind Marc Camp­bell, who sits in se­cond with seven. Camp­bell needs one more trip to vic­tory lane to notch 1,500 in his ca­reer.

A fa­mil­iar name re­turns to Char­lot­te­town to­day. Smokin Bear, who ap­peared in the 2013 Gold Cup and Saucer, is en­tered to com­pete in Race 10 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Ken­neth Wilkie and owner Jamie Whe­lan.

Cus­tomers still have a chance to pur­chase tick­ets on a Gold Cup and Saucer and Gov­er­nor’s Plate prize pack­age in the Classy Lane fundraiser. Tick­ets are $10 and avail­able at the re­wards club in Char­lot­te­town and Sum­mer­side un­til Jan. 30. The har­ness rac­ing fan choice awards bal­lot will be in the race pro­gram to­day.

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