Barbados’ ace jockey Patrick Husbands was at his dominant best yesterday at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada.
Husbands had four wins and also placed second on one occasion and had two third place finishes in the day’s ten-race programme. In the second race of the day for two-year-old horses over seven furlongs, Husbands rode the Ricky Griffith-trained Over The Cliff out of Debmar Stables to victory. The horse paid $4.20 to win and $2.50 to place. Husbands finished ahead of Belleofthebeach ridden by Luis Contreras and Partyonthepatio ridden by Gary Boulanger.
In the fifth race of the day over seven furlongs Husbands was again in winners’ row, this time astride On With The Show out of Debmar Stables and again trained by his compatriot Griffith. In second spot was Royal Fighter ridden by Brittany Vanden Berg and third was Rockin Heat ridden by Michelle Rainford. The winner paid $44.20 to win and $25.90 to place.
This race was for three-year-old horses. Husbands’ third win for the day came in race eight in the saddle of James Street which he brought to the finish line ahead of Justin Stein in the saddle of Alpha Bettor and Awesome Overture with John Campbell up. This race – the Durham Cup Stakes – was for three-year-old mounts and over 1 and 1/8 miles.
The race paid $14.50 to win and $7 to place. James Street is owned by Mellnyk Racing Stables and was trained by Carroll Josie. The Harts Gap, Christ Church-born jockey then made it a beaver-trick of wins when he stormed to the finish astride Derek’s Darling in the tenth and final race of the day’s exciting programme.
Campbell rode Silent Streak to second place and Contreras took third position on Synergist. Derek Darling, out of Goldmart Farms was trained by Sid C. Attard. It paid $8.10 to win and $4.90 to place. In between those victories Husbands was second in the fourth race of the day on What Next behind the first-placed La Nena Del Valle with Tommy Wong in the saddle. He had third-place finishes astride Unwinding at Work in race seven and Savvy Hester in race nine for three-year-olds over seven furlongs. (WG)