TORONTO, ON — With their commanding victories in the Ontario Sires Stakes trainer and driver standings, Arthur residents Wayne and Trevor Henry are carrying on the winning tradition established by their father Ross Henry over a decade ago.
A five time winner of the Johnston Cup award as the provincial program’s leading trainer, Ross Henry retired two years ago and handed the reins of his successful operation over to sons Wayne and Trevor. The transition between generations was seemingly flawless, as Wayne captured his first Johnston Cup honour last season and Trevor finished second in the 2006 driver’s standings.
This season the brothers dominated the standings throughout the Ontario Sires Stakes season, with Wayne leading the trainer’s race by a 110 point margin and Trevor finishing 63 points ahead of his nearest competitor in the driver’s rankings. Their second solo season was capped by a spectacular Labour Day weekend that saw Henry horses win 11 of the 18 Ontario Sires Stakes races they were entered in and finish third in three others.
Wayne Henry’s Johnston Cup results are made even more remarkable by the fact that the 43-year-old horseman only conditions trotters. This season he harnessed 163 starters, who won 33 races, finished second 26 times and third 25 times for a total of $680,505 in earnings. Among the stand outs from the Henry Stable were three-year-old trotting filly Gold Elimination winner Tymal Timeout, sophomore trotting colt Grassroots Champion T Js Mr Lavec, and three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots Semifinal winner Malahide.
Trevor Henry piloted horses for a number of trainers other than his sibling this season, recording a total of 215 starts, 38 wins, 27 seconds, 28 thirds and earnings of $775,712. The 36-year-old scored Grassroots Championship wins with TJs Mr Lavec and three-year-old pacing filly Spun Sugar — stepping into the race bike for trainer Ben Wallace — and was the regular pilot for Paul Taylor trainees Grinning Breed and Blatantly Good, multiple Grassroots winners in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks.
January’s Ontario Sires Stakes awards banquet will mark the second time Trevor Henry has posed with the Lampman Cup trophy. The reinsman captured his first title in 1996.
Last year’s top driver, Jody Jamieson, finished third in 2007 with a total of 378 Lampman Cup points, and Jason Brewer delivered his best ever season with a total of 441 points, 63 behind Trevor Henry’s 504.
Carl Jamieson finished second in the trainer standings, with 313 points to Wayne Henry’s 423, and Gregg McNair rounded out the top three with 250 Johnston Cup points.