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Kevin MacLean trainee to remain unbeaten

03:50 AM 09 Jul 2015 NZST
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Gilles Barrieau is to drive Forever Paradise

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He has been undefeated on Prince Edward Island in 2015 and Thursday night he is going to try and keep it that way at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card with Forever Paradise looking for redemption in the race 11 feature. The Kevin MacLean trainee was a second place finisher in last week's $3,500 Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton, N.B., but was a winner in both his Charlottetown starts so far this season. Gilles Barrieau will be in the bike in Thursday's $2,250 feature, drawing post 1 for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac pegs Forever Paradise in the win column.

"He offers a not-worse-than-second record since coming off the bench four starts ago and gets the rail which will allow Gilles to work out the trip of his choice," MacIsaac said. "Top billing."

Though he is heralded as the one to beat, the five-year-old son of Western Paradise will not race uncontested as Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) has post 2 and Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald) has post 5. Other entries include Dusty Lane Oliver (Ron Gass), My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell), Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes), and Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton).

Sinners In Heaven rides his two-race win streak into the race 9 $1,700 back-up pace with Terry Gallant in the bike for trainer Earls Watts and owners Lana Murphy and River Valley Management of New Brunswick and Windemere Farms of Hampshire. His main morning line opponents are PC Shockwave (Wade Sorrie) and Whosurwinner (Hughes).

The evening trot class lines up in race 3 for a $1,350 purse. Former Maritime Champion Phanton Beau is the initial favorite from post 2 for driver Arsenault, trainer John Pineau and owners Peter Breau and Ann MacAulay of Moncton. Phantom Beau will have lots of company in the eight-horse field, as he will face off with a trio of rivals owned by the Andrew family. Post 3 has Presto Pegasus (MacDonald) for owners Bill and Rachel Andrew of Calgary, while post 6 has Money Show (Brian Andrew) owned by Brian Andrew of Milton, Blake Andrew of Montreal and Bill Andrew. Honeymoonisover (Mark Bradley) completes the uncoupled entry from post 7 for the ownership group of Blake and Brian Andrew.

By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

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