Day At The Track

Forever Paradise favored - Stakes season underway

03:16 AM 28 May 2016 NZST
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Charlottetown Driving Park
Charlottetown Driving Park

Forever Paradise and harness racing driver Mike McGuigan will look to pick up their third victory of the 2016 campaign in the Saturday feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6pm.

The duo will team up with trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg Macpherson, David and Aaron Mackenzie to face off against seven other foes in Race 12. The winner of last weeks preferred pace in 1:55.1 has drawn post 7.

The race will feature the second start off the bench for the former Premier's Pace winner Clic K (post 8), The iron tough All Turain makes his first start of the 2016 season from Post 5 as well as back-to-back winner Waterside Light.

The Open Mares will settle the score in Race 7 when morning line favorite Best Risque squares off with the new comer Alittleeastermagic and a pair of top stakes fillies last season, Miss Oromocto and Dustylane Msvickie.

Stakes stars invade Summerside Sunday

It's a sure sign that summer is just around the corner when the stakes season kicks off at Red Shores Summerside. The historic Prince County oval is celebrating 130 years of racing. The Sunday program gets underway at 1pm.

The 14-dash card features four divisions of three-year-old colts in the $5, 975 Bob Dewar Memorial and four divisions of the three-year-old fillies in the $5, 650 Ruby Chappell Memorial.

The stakes action gets under way in race 3 with Glory Jean looking to continue her winning ways for owner Blair Hansen, trainer Tom Weatherbie and driver Mark Bradley, she'll be forced to do battle with mainlanders Howmacfiesty and morning line favorite Shalara.

The first division of the Bob Dewar will go to post in Race 5, as Dusty Lane Arby returns back to home soil for owner trainer Ronnie Gass and driver Corey MacPherson, he will face off against K D Overdrive.

The reining Maritime Breeders and Atlantic Breeders Crown winners from last season in their respective divisions are both in action on the card. Howmacscanasta has drawn into post 2 in the afternoon's 7th Race, while Jackson K Down will look to start his season off on a winning note from post 7 in Race 13. Gilles Barrieau will be in the driver seat for both.

By Bo Ford

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