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Breeders’ Cup the goal

Jockey Patrick Husbands, with the Woodbine Oaks Trophy after winning on Sealy Hill, wants to add the Breeders’ Cup to his impressive resumé. (GP)

Sat, October 20, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Champion Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands says he is determined to win the prestigious Breeders’ Cup before retiring from horse racing.

The 2012 Breeders’ Cup will be held November 2 and 3 at the Santa Anita Race Track in California.

Husbands has competed in about five Cups before, but the closest he finished was second aboard Sealy Hill in the 2008 championship.

He has been Canada’s top jockey an unprecedented seven times and rode the country’s last Triple Crown winner.

The Barbadian jockey won perhaps his biggest race in recent seasons when he snatched the CAN$500 000 (BDS$999 000) Prince Of Wales Stakes with three-year-old bay filly Dixie Strike earlier this year.

The Breeders’ Cup – which began as a one-day, seven-race event – has now grown into a two-day US$26 million (BDS$51 million) extravaganza attracting the best horses, trainers and owners from across the globe.

“My goal is to win a Breeders’ Cup. People always say, ‘He always winning, he is a champion jockey’,” said Husbands, who in 1990 became the youngest jockey to win the prestigious Barbados Gold Cup at just 16 years on his mount Vardar. (CMC)

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