HORSE RACING-Husbands lead Barbadian dominance at Woodbine

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Barbadian Patrick Husbands

TORONTO, Canada– Ace jockey Patrick Husbands emerged from the weekend at Woodbine racetrack with stakes honors and victory in a CAN$123 000 race. At the same time, Juan Crawford won for trainer Ricky Griffith, and Tedston Holder also tasted success as Barbadians dominated the famed oval.

The 49-year-old Husbands captured the $100 000 Bull Page Stakes on Saturday’s 10-race card when he made all the running aboard 8-5 favorite Poulin in OT to beat the two-year-old colts and geldings in race eight over seven furlongs.

Husbands returned on Sunday to win race two with another favorite Hilarious Affair, to complete a good outing.

Crawford’s victory came aboard favorite Delilah’s Revenge, the veteran rider carrying the bay filly to a half-length, gate-to-wire score over the two-year-old maidens in a five-furlong dash.

Griffith, a former jockey, has six wins this season.

Trainer Holder, meanwhile, secured his lone win when Omar Moreno paired with 5-1 choice Coo Bird to beat the three-year-olds and upward by a neck in race one over 6-½ furlongs.

He has saddled five winners for the campaign.

Husbands took the headlines by his added-money score, however. He broke Poulin in OT Sharply to post fractions of 22.67 seconds for the quarter and 45.55 for the half, with Half to Reload and Awesome Bourbon dueling from second.

Poulin in OT came under threat from Awesome Bourbon at the top of the stretch and was forced into a duel, but Husbands asked the chestnut gelding for another gear, and he responded to reach the wire 2-½ lengths clear in a time of one minute, 22.02 seconds.

“Looking at the race and getting on him, he looked like a legit horse,” Husbands said afterward. 

“I just let him do what he wanted to do. He was doing it pretty easy, and when Crawford [aboard Awesome Bourbon] came to me, I gave him a tap, and he just took off.”

Husbands’ success with Hilarious Affair – 24 hours later – came in contrasting fashion. Going six furlongs for the three-year-old and upward maidens, the Woodbine legend raced the three-year-old bay gelding off the pace before producing a solid rally in the stretch to collar the leaders by 1-1/4 lengths.

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