Local horseman Per Henriksen saw his trotter Marquis Volo record his third win in as many starts this year last night at Woodbine.
With Randy Waples at the lines as usual, the four-year-old Credit Winner gelding was home first in 1:55.4. Over the past two months the consistent performer has made five starts with four wins and a second to his credit.
Kawartha Downs, or perhaps more accurately track superintendent Doug Hie, can take a modicum of credit for the trotter’s success. The well bred horse first started out in the Jeff Gillis stable but that trainer could not figure out how to correct his habit of breaking stride when he attempted to qualify him.
He broke in both qualifying efforts as a two-year-old, was given some time off and brought back at three where he miscued in his first two qualifiers but behaved in the third which he won. That was enough to earn him his first lifetime start where he broke at the half.
One more attempt to qualify Marquis Volo (all of these races were at Mohawk), was unsuccessful and the horse was shipped to Per who has an excellent reputation for training trotters.
In mid July of last year the horse made his first start for Per, in a qualifying race at Kawartha and he behaved himself and finished third. Henriksen then raced him a few times at Georgian Downs to teach him some lessons before racing again on the WEG circuit.
Since October 1 Marquis Volo has raced exclusively at Woodbine. He’s made 11 starts and has nine wins and on second, all with Randy Waples at the lines.
Jan Larsen, Gerald Stay, Mac Nichol and Big Als Stables share ownership of the son of Credit Winner who was a $180,000 yearling purchase. He is the second foal from the $612,000 winner Margarita Momma.