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Henwood hits home run with freshman pacing trio
INNISFIL, ON — Before Ken Henwood arrives at Georgian Downs for the two-year-old pacing colt Gold Final on Tuesday evening, the Schomberg resident hopes he will already have made one trip to the winner’s circle after an Ontario Sires Stakes race.
Henwood has two colts racing in the $130,000 Final at Georgian Downs, KDSMercury and Caviarandsoftmusic, but earlier in the day he will be heading to Kawartha Downs for a two-year-old pacing filly Gold Elimination favoured to win by Lucks Mistress, the reigning Gold Final champion and the third horse he bought a share in last fall.
“I went down to the sale with Carl (Jamieson). This is the first time I’ve owned Standardbreds and I ended up getting involved with three,” says Henwood. “My first job when I was about 10 was at the old Peterborough racetrack looking after Standardbreds. I guess it kind of gets in your blood.”
For a first time owner, Henwood hit pay dirt in a hurry. His Carl Jamieson trained trio boasts a Gold Final victory, a Grassroots division win and two seconds, one third and a fourth in Gold Elimination action. KDSMercury was second by a quarter of a length in his Gold Elimination at Georgian Downs last week and Caviarandsoftmusic overcame Post 8 to finish fourth by a length and a quarter in his split.
Henwood gives all the credit for his overnight success to Jamieson, who will also harness elimination winners Banner Yankee and Lincoln Parke in Tuesday night’s $130,000 Final.
“He and his son Jody are real people. They are hard working and patient, willing to explain things to you,” says Henwood, who also owns several Thoroughbred racehorses in California and Ontario. “It’s a good partnership. Carl is a professional and the biggest thing is, I trust him.”
Henwood shares ownership on both colts with the Princeton-based trainer and with Gerald Ross of Downsview, who owns a share of Astreos colt KDSMercury, and Harvey Weiner of Ottawa, who is the third partner on Camluck son Caviarandsoftmusic. So long as his season continues to go as well as it has during the past three weeks Henwood hopes to return to the yearlings sales with Jamieson this fall and add to his stellar line up of youngsters.
“I enjoy the sales and I enjoy the babies,” explains Henwood. “I don’t plan on getting a stable of 20, just a few each season.”
On Tuesday night KDSMercury and Caviarandsoftmusic will attempt to finance Henwood’s growing involvement in harness racing from Posts 6 and 9 in the ninth race. Banner Yankee looks to avenge a narrow loss in the season opening Gold Final from Post 8 and Lincoln Parke will start closest to the rail of Jamieson’s four entries, drawing Post 3.
Georgian Downs raises the curtain on its Tuesday evening program at 7:30 pm, with the talented two-year-old pacing colts going for Gold in Race 9.