The 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes season wraps up on Saturday with eight $250,000 Super Finals at Mohawk Racetrack. Per Henriksen, one of Kawartha Downs’ horsemen’s reps, has three entrants in the rich finales.
In race seven, the Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Per’s starters Muscle Hustle and Bee In Charge, will leave side by side in posts seven and eight respectively. Both sophomores have enjoyed great 2016 campaigns.
Muscle Hustle, a son of Muscle Mass owned by Ecurie Bergh of Norwood, Ontario, is 7-2-1 in 12 starts this year for $239,000 in earnings. A winner of three OSS Gold events this year, Muscle Hustle was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Select Sale.
Alongside in post seven is Bee In Charge whose summary so far for this season reads 6-2-4 in 14 tries for $297,000 earned. The half-brother to the great Bee A Magician ($3.9 million in earnings to date), Bee In Charge shares two of his big sisters owners, Mel Hartman of Ottawa, Ontario and David McDuffee of Florida.
Starting alongside in post six is Will Take Charge, a member of the John Bax Stable. Bax of course was a KD regular for more than three decades and also our horse person’s rep for many years. Since moving to Campbellville two years ago we don’t see him as often here but he does return each year for the Goodtimes Invitational, Kawartha’s signature race named in honour of his Hall of Fame trotter.
Bax’s starter has earned $225,000 this season. A son of Kadabra, he’ll be driven as usual by Paul MacDonell who got his start in the sulky at Kawartha Downs. Bax shares ownership of Will Take Charge with Gordon Wright, Don Allensen and John Hayes.
Henriksen’s starter in the three-year-old trotting filly final drew better as Jangone will depart from post two. The daughter of Johnny William owned and bred by Overseas Farm of Cambridge, Ontario, is still looking for her first win of the 2016 racing season.
Kawartha Downs’ hosted one Ontario Sires Stakes event this past racing season, it was for the Grassroots three-year-old pacing colt division. Just one of the starters we saw that night will be competing in the Super Final for that division which goes as race 10.
Print Media, who finished second in his OSS start at Kawartha to Blaise MM Hanover, timed in 1:53.1 while driven by Alfie Carroll, will leave from post four in race 10, the glamour boys’ Super Final. That race wraps up the 2016 OSS season.