PORT OF SPAIN – Top Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands is now only one win behind rider Louis Contreras (103 wins) in the Jockeys standings at Woodbine, Canada, and will leave it late to decide whether he will ride in the Trinidad Derby on September 24, at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Husbands told the media in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday that his participation in the major race in the twin-island republic would depend on scheduling in Canada.
“We have racing on that day, it is a Wednesday [September 24]. I am uncertain at this time because I am awaiting the condition book, which has the races scheduled for that day, and depending on the races, then I will take a decision.”
“The book will be out next Monday,” Husbands stated. However, entries for the Trinidad Derby also close on Monday morning. Trainer John O’Brien, who conditions triple crown hopeful Momentum indicated he was awaiting word from the rider on his decision.
Meanwhile, trainer Glenn Mendez is unsure which jockey will partner Spitfire in the Derby, but expects confirmation later this week. And Barbadian rider, Jalon Samuel, who has been riding at Gulfstream Park, in Florida, USA, will partner Freedomfighter in the blue riband event for trainer Terrance Thomas.