Veteran jockey Patrick Husbands dominated Saturday’s CAN$125 000 Plate Trial with favourite Telekinesis but suffered disappointment in the main feature, the $500 000 Woodbine Oaks, when he narrowly missed out aboard another favourite Wonder Gadot.
Going a mile and eighth in the warm-up for the million-dollar Queen’s Plate showpiece at month-end, Husbands made all the running with the three-year-old bay colt, to easily dismiss the three-year-olds by 1-3/4 lengths in one minute, 50.54 seconds.
Going off at odds of 2/5, Husbands broke the Mark Casse-trained Telekinesis smartly from post number two to set relaxed splits of 25.06 for the first quarter and 45.66 for the half, with Rose’s Vision stalking and Aheadbyacentury chasing from third.
Rose’s Vision came to press the leader at the five-eighths forcing Husbands to quicken the pace, but a duel ensued coming off the final turn.
It was difficult to separate the two in mid-stretch but Husbands got the best out of Telekinesis on the inside to power to the wire.
“He was travelling so easy. By the time I left the gate, he had one ear back and one ear forward and that’s a sign that a horse is comfortable under you,” Husbands said.
“So I got to about the three-quarter pole and he still had one ear forward and one ear back, he showed me that he was just playing with that horse (Rose’s Vision).
“Down the lane, I was squeezing him a little bit. He did just enough to win the race.”
The victory for Telekinesis came in his first outing Woodbine in what was his fourth career start.
Husbands was not as fortunate in the Oaks, however, finishing second by a head, as 3-1 choice Dixie Moon stalked outsider Fairy Hill before grabbing the lead at the five-sixteenth and holding well.
Wonder Gadot broke badly and trailed the field into the first turn but Husbands pushed the filly up into contention before chasing down Dixie Moon in the stretch.
“She was real bad with the pony (in the lead-up) so I had to walk her warming up,” explained Husbands.
“She broke flat-footed, and walked out of the gate, so we had to try to get back within striking distance. But she ran a good race.”
Husbands earned another victory on the 12-race card when he partnered with favourite Hanalei Moon to pilot the three-year-old chestnut filly to a four length win over the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares, in race five over 6-1/2 furlongs.