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Ritchie partners with I Won’t Dance for $130,000 victory
May 25, 2009
By Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Acton resident Trevor Ritchie coaxed a few impressive moves out of I Won’t Dance at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night, urging the three-year-old trotting gelding down the stretch to claim victory in the $130,000 Gold Final.

Starting alongside the rail at Post 1, trotting specialist Ritchie hustled I Won’t Dance away from the starting gate and settled him into second behind fan favourite Zero Boundaries. As Zero Boundaries and Paul MacDonell rang up easy fractions of :28 and :58.1, Ritchie and I Won’t Dance watched comfortably from the pocket, allowing the pacesetter as much as a two length margin.

Heading for the 1:27 three-quarters Zero Boundaries was forced to pick up the tempo as Senator Hall mounted a determined challenge on the outside. Ritchie and I Won’t Dance had a bird’s eye view of the pitched battle that carried the pacesetters around the final turn and into the stretch, and as Hitithard also ranged up on the outside it seemed as though the pair would have to settle for a small piece of the Gold Final pie.

However, the veteran reinsman was able to carve a path off the rail for I Won’t Dance, who responded with a smart finishing kick to claim the Gold Final victory in a personal best 1:55.3. Zero Boundaries won the battle for second, with Hitithard earning the third-place share of the $130,000 purse.

The victory knocked almost two full seconds off the gelding’s former personal best, set in his second lifetime start, on May 7 at Mohawk. Through four starts the son of Angus Hall and Do Si Do Hanover has now recorded three wins and earned $93,500.

Per Henriksen trains I Won’t Dance for M. Biasuzzi Stable Inc. of Ft. Pierce, FL. A $95,000 yearling purchase from the 2007 Lexington Selected Sale, I Won’t Dance was unraced at two, making his first appearance on the racetrack in an overnight at Rideau Carleton Raceway on April 10. A break in that test prompted Henriksen to add a pair of trotting hopples to the gelding’s equipment bag and since an April 25 qualifier at Kawartha Downs the youngster has been flawless. In addition to the May 7 overnight at Mohawk, I Won’t Dance captured his Gold Elimination last week by a comfortable two and one-half length margin.

I Won’t Dance will have an opportunity to defend his Gold Final title in the second event of the sophomore trotting colt season, on July 4 at Georgian Downs.

Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday, July 12 with the debut of this season’s two-year-old pacing colt crop.

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