Three Barbadian horsemen were part of the winning connections of the midweek race card at the Woodbine Racetrack Wednesday.
Ace veteran jockey Patrick Husbands and his nephew Simon, along long-standing trainer Ricky Griffith logged wins in each of the last three races on the day’s eight-race card at Canada’ premier racing oval.
The elder Husbands steered 5-1 chance Conquest Boogaloo to a half-length victory in the CAN $62,300 sixth race, going 1,700 metres on the all-weather track.
Husbands moved Conquest Boogaloo up to force the pace in the middle of the backstretch and chased early leader Field of Courage, under Jerome Lermyte, three and four-wide on the far turn.
He and Conquest Boogaloo duelled with Field of Courage into the stretch and were headed, but Husbands got the five-year-old, dark bay gelding to dig in, take the lead in the middle of the stretch and hold under a drive to finish in a time of one minute, 45.24 seconds.
This was the 17th win for the elder Husbands in the one-month-old season and he is third in the jockeys’ standings behind leader Eurico da Silva, on 23, and Rafael Hernandez, on 18.
Griffith, a former Barbados champion jockey, collected his first win of the season, preparing the 2-5 favourite Katalox, ridden by Jesse Campbell, which won by 1 ½ lengths in the CAN $39,800 seventh race over the 1,200m Polytrack.
Katalox showed early speed and duelled with early leader One Flashy Cat, under Jamaican reinsman Jermaine Bridgmohan, while racing on the inside before Campbell saved ground on the three-year-old, bay colt kicked clear entering the stretch and proved best to clock a time of 1 min, 10.27 secs, a little more than two seconds over the track record.
The younger Husbands brought the curtain down on the day’s racing when he drove 5-1 chance Fiery Bear to a 3 ¼-length victory in the CAN $19,500 final race, going 1,700m on the Polytrack.
Husbands put Fiery Bear into a stalking position through the early fractions before closing the gap three-wide on the far turn and taking command on the three-year-old, chestnut gelding at the top of the stretch, and drawing away to finish with a hand ride for a time of 1 min, 46.92 secs.
The younger Husbands is tied for 12th in the standings on three wins with Ismael Mosqueira and Michelle Rainford.