I Wont Dance Has The Winning Moves
Two-time Gold champion I Wont Dance wriggled up the rail to
snatch the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for
three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a career-best
effort at odds of 9-1 Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.
Trevor Ritchie sent
I Wont Dance, the bettor's fifth choice, to the top from the
outside Post 10 in a :27.2 opener. Hitithard (Mike Saftic)
managed to recover from an early miscue and reached up to take
control with Hour Lavec (Paul MacDonell) on the move from third.
As the half flashed up in :56.2, Hour Lavec landed the lead
while Hitithard broke stride again taking himself out of
contention. Hour Lavec trotted on while 2-1 favourite Equity
(Jack Moiseyev) applied pressure on the outside past the
three-quarter mark of 1:25.4.
In the stretch, Equity pulled ahead, but I Wont Dance ducked
in between horses and nosed out Striking Lindsey (Doug McNair),
who rallied on the far outside for second. Equity finished a
half-length back in third. The 1:54.2 winning time was a new
lifetime mark for I Wont Dance.
"He can leave about as fast as a pacer, he'll always get
position," said trainer Per Henriksen in the winner's circle.
"Trevor almost gave me a heart attack when he didn't get a lane
at the head of the stretch but he got room. He never even had to
pull the plugs on him.
"He's done for the year, he might come back at four or race
in Europe, that would be my suggestion."
The M Biasuzzi Stable Inc. of Ft. Pierce, Florida owns I Wont
Dance, an Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover colt who has won eight of
his 19 starts this year earning $393,442.