Bee In Charge, the three-year-old half-brother to $3.8 million winner Bee A Magician, gave well known Kawartha Downs’ horseman Per Henriksen a very special victory this evening at Mohawk. Not only was it the youngster’s first lifetime win, but it was also the 1,000th North American training victory for Per who was also in the sulky for the milestone.
In the $14,000 trot, race two on the program, Per put Bee In Charge on top by the 1:01.4 half, was two lengths the best by the 1:31 three-quarters and had more than three lengths on their foes by the wire reached in 1:58.
It was just the fourth lifetime start for the Manofmanymissions son who sold as a yearling for $130,000. Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman started out with the colt who had difficulty making breaks as a rookie and was sent to Henriksen, known by many as ‘the mechanic’ when it comes to problem trotters, at the end of his two-year-old season.
A native of Norway who came to the US in 1980 and Canada, specifically Norwood, Ontario, 20 years later, Henriksen qualified Bee In Charge in early April and then guided him to a third place finish two weeks later. The trotter is owned by Mel Hartman of Ottawa and David McDuffee of Florida, two of the partners on his famous big sister.
Bee In Charge is the latest talented trotter to emerge from Per’s care. Other standouts include Hambletonian winner Nuclear Kosmos, Hambletonian Oaks winner Oolong, Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena and $800,000 winner Clerk Magistrate among many others.