Forever Paradise, McGuigan team up in CDP feature
Julep Hanover wins open mares pace
Forever Paradise landed on the scene late, but that is all it took to reach the winner’s circle in Saturday evening’s $2,400 preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Mike McGuigan was reunited with the seven-year-old son of Western Paradise for the 1:57.3 victory for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe.
Adkins Hanover and driver Ambyr Campbell set the tempo with fractions of 28.2, 58.1 and 1:28.1, before Forever Paradise emerged from mid-pack with the fastest closing quarter of the race to secure the victory as part of a McGuigan driving double.
Adkins Hanover was second, with Jeb (Kenny Arsenault) finishing third.
Forever Paradise rewarded his backers with a $19.60 win ticket while the 4-3-7 triactor paid a healthy $629.40.
Julep Hanover has knocked on the door all season without a win, but she decided to change her narrative in style in the $2,250 open mares pace. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Ideal was a 1:57.3 winner in the open event as the longest shot on the board at 101.
Wade Myers of Charlottetown trains, drives and owns the pacing mare as she converted a pocket ride behind Best Risque (Ken Murphy) into a narrow victory. Best Risque was second, with Brodys Leona (McGuigan) completing the $558.90 triactor.
Live racing continues in Charlottetown on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.