Cambest Kisser blows kiss to 2013 in CDP feature race

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Brodie MacPhee driving South Cove Yankee, from left, George Chappell with Leave Me Go and Corey MacPherson with Miracle Matts race during the New Year’s Eve card in Charlottetown. MacPherson won the race.

Cambest Kisser rallied from the back of the pack to capture the New Year’s Eve feature Tuesday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The grandstand was packed and the excitement was high as Jason Hughes drove the seven-year-old son of Cambest to victory in the $2,000 feature event. Hughes trains the pacer for owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge.

Other Hughes-trainee Stayoutofmyaffair (driven by Kenny Arsenault) laid down the race’s early panels of 29.1, 1:01 and 1:31.1 before giving way in the stretch drive.

This left the door open for Cambest Kisser to circle the six-horse field for the 2:01.4 victory on the chilly night.

PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee) finished second with Panacotta (Mark Bradley) third. The winning triactor combination paid a healthy $556.30.

The $1,750 backup pace lit up the tote board as General Luckypercy scored an eight-hole victory in 2:02 and paid a whopping $139.90 for a $2 win ticket. Jackie Matheson trains the Blissfull Hall mare for owners Jodilynn Shepherd of Ontario and Jack Brown of Stratford.

Second went to McMaverick (Ken Murphy) with Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie) third.

In a rare occurrence, General Simba, a full-brother to General Luckypercy, was a winner earlier on the card, also from the eight-hole. The newcomer to Charlottetown is trained by Darren Trainor for owner Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe, and was driven by Hughes for his second win of the night.

Tender N Kind (Harold Shepherd) captured the $1,300 trot class in 2:07.2 for trainer Steven Shepherd and owner Stephen Morton of Windsor, N.S.

Drivers Corey MacPherson and Ron Matheson both scored driving doubles, while trainers Ron Gass and Jackie Matheson also made two trips to the winner’s circle.

Total bet for the 13-dash card was $42,245.

The 2013 season ends with Marc Campbell capturing the driving title with 124 wins, the second highest total ever recorded in Charlottetown and just six shy of his record 130 victories in 2012.

Jackie Matheson was the leading trainer of the year with 55 wins. Live racing returns to its Saturday time slot this weekend with a 1 p.m. first race post time.

Compiled by Red Shores’ Nicholas Oakes

Geographic location: Vernon Bridge, Charlottetown, Ontario

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