While Bee A Magician won’t be at Mohawk to defend her Maple Leaf Trot title on Saturday night, the family will be represented as her three-year-old half-brother Bee In Charge, one of two starters from Per Henriksen’s stable, has drawn post four in the second of two Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations.
Like his $3.9 million winning sister, Bee In Charge is owned by Mel Hartman of Ottawa and David McDuffee of Florida. The Manofmanymissions gelding is 6-2-1 in 11 starts this year for $205,000 earned for Henriksen of Norwood who is one of Kawartha Downs’ OHHA representatives.
His most recent victory came last Saturday night in the Simcoe Stakes which came on the heels of an OSS Gold triumph. He’ll leave from post four in the second elimination, race three, with Chris Christoforou in the bike as usual. His competition includes Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping.
Bee In Charge’s stablemate from the Henriksen barn, Blenheim, has the rail in the other CTC split, also with Christoforou at the lines. That Yankee Glide colt owned by Henriksen’s ASA Farm, Steve Organ and Thomas Nurmi, has just over $108,000 earned this year.
He faces off against this year’s Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder. The top five finishers from each elimination will return the following Saturday for the $687,000 final.