Forever Paradise surprises field in Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park feature
Forever Paradise blasted off the gate to take the early lead and was able to hold off some late challengers to win the Sunday afternoon feature in 2:00 flat at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Driver Marc Campbell, who used rail control to his advantage, sent the Kevin MacLean trainee through some hot fractions of 27.4, 57.3, 1:27.4 over the sloppy track with a three second variant.
The son of Western Paradise, who had a five-length margin at the head of stretch, was fading in the stretch but was able to beat a pair of Trevor Hicken stable stars longshot Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) and race favorite All Turain (Corey MacPherson) to secure the triactor ticket.
The 1-4-6 combination returned $422.80. Forever Paradise notched his 16th victory from 32 starts this season for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie.
Caliban Hanover reached a special milestone on the afternoonâ€™s open trot class. The veteran trotter, under the command of Walter Cheverie, recorded his 50th lifetime win for owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall and trainer Ron Gass.
Campbell, Ken Murphy and Corey MacPherson posted driving doubles on the final Sunday card of the season.
Racing returns Saturday, Dec. 12 Post time is 12:30 p.m.
Best Risque, with Walter Cheverie driving for trainer Brian Ladner, won the mares open in one of two featured events in a mile time of 2:00.1 over a track rated as good with a two-second variant.
Sendmeasign (Kenny Arsenault) and General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson) completed the top three. It was the second score of the day for Cheverie after Bad Date, trained by Harold Hill, pulled off an upset over Lyndale Royal.
The race was named in honour of Willow Warrior, who led the post parade by Mark Bradley and later presented with a retirement cooler as the Curran family joined the mare for her final tour of the legendary CDP oval.
Bradley also recorded a driving double on the program with wins aboard Lisfinny from the Jay Noye stable and Wynnfrith for Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach and trainer Nicholas Oakes.
Smiley Bayama, owned by Shelley and Alexis Gass of Cornwall won the co-feature in 2:00.2. Ron Gass did the driving and engineered back to back winning performances for the pacer.
Driver Vince Poulton made two trips to victory lane with Whosurwinner, trained by Deanna Clow, and IDK for his brother conditioner Gary Poulton and sister Gail MacDonald, who owns the seven-year-old son of Stand Forever-Magical Sum.
Osprey Impact captured the trot class for owner-driver Paul Larrabee while Fightmaster (Michael McGuigan) clocked the fastest mile of the day of 1:59.1.
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