Husbands gets brace in T&T
THE 11th day of the Arima Club racing season proved another good day at the office for ace jockey Patrick Husbands as he recorded a brace at the Santa Rosa Park in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.
Owner Shivam Maharaj starred on the day as no fewer than three of his charges entered the winner’s enclosure with Husbands providing two of those wins.
He won the day’s seventh race over 1 200 metres for three-year-old horses and over rated 80-50 with the even money favourite Sweet Sin City.
His next success came in the ninth race over 1 750 metres for horses rated 90-60 where he piloted home another Harriram Gobin trainee Gabby’s Gold to a two and a quarter lengths victory at a price of 2-1.
Those wins places Husbands joint fifth in the jockey’s standings with Nobel Abrego on seven wins for the year. Leading the table is champion rider Brian Boodramsingh on 14.
Husbands is expected to head back to his base at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto, Canada shortly. He also secured two thirds and a fourth place positions from his other three mounts.
His third places came via Champagne Affair in a maiden race for four-year-olds over 1 400 metres on the turf and Cordell Walker, who competed against horses rated 40-0 on the main track at the distance of 1 570 metres. Loan Shark provided him with that fourth place in the final race of the afternoon which was won by jockey Emile Ramsammy aboard Jacob’s Dream.
Maharaj’s other win on the day came in the second race where Waka Waka took a liking to the turf against horses rated 30-0 over 1 400 metres.
Husbands, despite taking the day’s feature with Gabby’s Gold, shared riding honours with apprentice Roosevelt Angnoo as he recorded a double.
Angnoo got things started with Tanganyika, who defeated the three-year-old maidiens over 1 150 metres before climaxing his evening astride Chelsi Magic. The card saw five apprentices make their debut in the fast lane. Among them was female rider Darcelle Rodrigo, who is the first woman to have ridden at Santa Rosa Park in over a decade.