For­ever Par­adise, McGuigan look to re­light spark in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Ni­cholas Oakes for Red Shores

For­ever Par­adise and driver Mike McGuigan reignited their chem­istry in last Satur­day’s fea­ture pace. But they’ll face a tougher task on Satur­day at Red Shores Race­track and Casino at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park.

First-race post time for the 14-dash card is 6 p.m., with For­ever Par­adise draw­ing Post 5 in the Race 13 $2,400 fea­ture. McGuigan will be in the sulky for trainer Kevin Ma­cLean, and own­ers Reg MacPher­son and David MacKen­zie of Strat­ford and Aaron MacKen­zie of Winsloe.

The driver-horse com­bi­na­tion had their share of suc­cess last sea­son in the pre­ferred pace, but run into a red-hot Elm Grove Ka­boom and a reemerg­ing two-time Gover­nor’s Plate cham­pion in DGs Camme.

Earl Smith drives Elm Grove Ka­boom from Post 3 for own­ers Larry and Kathy Chap­pell of Marsh­field as the pacer rides an im­pres­sive sum­mary of 11 top-three fin­ishes from 13 sea­sonal starts.

DGs Camme is fresh off qual­i­fy­ing ac­tion with his 1:58.4 qual­i­fier vic­tory fall­ing short of the times shown by his Satur­day op­po­si­tion, but has back class to burn. Gilles Bar­rieau drives from Post 6 for trainer Jackie Mathe­son and own­ers Quentin and Hal Be­van, Ron Mathe­son and Tom Clark, all of Char­lot­te­town.

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