For­ever Par­adise, McGuigan team up in CDP fea­ture

Julep Hanover wins open mares pace

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS OAKES FOR RED SHORES

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.

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