Noted Ontario trainer Per Henriksen is poised to reach a career milestone of 1,000 training wins. He could accomplish that milestone on Monday night at Mohawk with the younger brother of the incredible Bee A Magician, Bee In Charge.
The three-year-old son of Manofmanymissions will be making his second 2016 start (he was third in his first) in the second race where he’s drawn post two. Mel Hartman and David McDuffee co-own Bee In Charge who started out in the same barn as his famous sister, that of Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman, but was given to Per after a rookie season that saw him make breaks in his only two starts.
Per has been called a ‘mechanic’ when it comes to finding the flaws in trotters. He’s well known for his ability to bring out the best in horses that have been giving their former trainers grief.
A native of Norway, Per’s family lived close to the Bjerke Racetrack and his interest in horses was piqued at an early age. “I grew up about 100 metres from the actual racetrack and it was easier to make a right turn to go to the barns than a left one to go to school,” he said in an interview a few years back.
Per worked for some of the best horsemen in Europe before moving to the US in 1980. He relocated once more, this time to Norwood, Ontario, near Kawartha Downs, in the early 2000s.
Some of Per’s outstanding horses over the years include Hambletonian winner Nuclear Kosmos, Hambletonian Oaks winner Oolong, Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena and $800,000 winner Clerk Magistrate among many others.
Coming into tomorrow night’s race, Per has 999 North American training victories.