Lead­ing the way

Best Risque, Idealic Life are atop the coun­try’s leader­board

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Two Is­land horses are tied for most wins in the na­tion in 2016 head­ing into Satur­day af­ter­noon’s fi­nal card of rac­ing at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park (CDP).

Best Risque has been dom­i­nant in the open mares ranks in Jan­uary, win­ning all four of her starts for trainer and co-owner Brian Lad­ner with co-own­ers Kevin and Lil­lian Lad­ner, all of Char­lot­te­town.

Brian knows who to name to get re­sults, as he en­lists the ser­vices of CDP-lead­ing driver Corey MacPher­son for all her 2016 vic­to­ries.

Her Cana­dian lead­ing coun­ter­part is Idealic Life from the Trevor Hicken sta­ble for own­ers Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Liv­ingston. MacPher­son also does the driv­ing on the 12-year-old geld­ing, who is un­de­feated in his four starts in 2016 and is not en­tered to com­pete in Satur­day’s sea­son-end­ing pro­gram.

Idealic Life has helped to pro­pel Hicken and MacPher­son onto the na­tional leader­board as Hicken is tied for eighth in Canada for wins with Rick Zeron at six vic­to­ries each.

MacPher­son is the lead­ing per­cent­age driver in Canada with a sparkling .500 driv­ing av­er­age and his 15 wins from 40 starts this month puts the 26year-old in a four-way-tie for sixth spot in Canada for dash wins as of the first of the week.

MacPher­son shares a ros­ter spot with Is­land na­tive Paul MacKen­zie, Western Fair reg­u­lar Nick Stew­ard and O’Brien award win­ner Syl­vain Fil­ion in that tie.

Also mak­ing the list for per­cent­age driv­ers is Marc Camp­bell in fourth spot in Canada fresh off his 1,500 ca­reer win and Ken Mur­phy in 10th place.

P.E.I. Scene

A field of pac­ing mares will con­vene Satur­day at the CDP in Race 10 with a 12:30 p.m. first race post time.

Best Risque will be the heavy favourite and un­der­stand­ably so even with Post 8 in the field of eight. Also in the $2,350 open mares con­test is new­comer Ideal Space with Ken Mur­phy in the bike for owner Jack MacGil­livray and trainer Joey Squires.

Ideal Space was rac­ing the On­tario cir­cuit with all but one of her 11 life­time wins com­ing in 2015, where she took a mark of 1:57.2 at Western Fair Race­way. Other top en­tries in­clude Out­ra­geous Spirit (Gordie Hen­nessey) and A Lit­tle­girls­dream (Wade Sor­rie).

The top class on the day has a five-horse field with Likely To Win (Mur­phy), Smi­ley Bayama (Ron Gass), Painted Desert (MacPher­son), Ea­gle Jolt (Camp­bell) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chap­pell).

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