Husbands riding high
TORONTO – Patrick Husbands won his ninth stakes race of the season in another highly successful weekend at Woodbine racetrack, as he continued to make up for lost time following a return from injury.
The 40-year-old, whose season was marred by a near four-month injury layoff, produced another fine ride to capture the CAN$102 800 Ruling Angel Stakes with 3-1 bet Native Bombshell, in a 6-1/2 furlong sprint.
For Husbands, it was his sixth added money triumph in as many weeks, and pushed his earnings for the season to CAN$2.5 million from just 210 mounts this season.
The Barbadian now has 50 wins and a success rate of 24 per cent, and lies sixth in the standings headed by two-time defending champion Luis Contreras with 141 victories.
The stakes victory was part of a triple on Saturday’s ten-race card, as he also won race one with Eat My Tapeta and race seven with Savvy Hester.
Husbands just narrowly missed out on the day’s main feature, the $150 000 Fanfreluche Stakes, when he finished second by a neck aboard 14-1 outsider Splashy Gizmo. The race was won by 12-1 chance Executive Allure, ridden by Brazilian Eurico Rosa da Silva.
In the Ruling Angel, Husbands raced Native Bombshell mid-pack for most of the trip as Just Got In and Silent Treat, disputed the lead over the half-mile.
Once in the stretch, Husbands roused the three-year-old filly and she responded, overhauling the leaders and the fast-finishing Cabo Queen, to reach the wire by a nose.
On Sunday, Husbands followed up with another triple on the 11-race card, winning race one with 3-1 bet Battle for Gold, race six with 5-1 chance Gia Scala and race seven with Take Three. (KP)