BROOKLYN, NY – Veteran Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands continued to keep tabs on the leaders in the early season exchanges at prestigious Woodbine, winning twice on Sunday’s 12-race card.
The 48-year-old triumphed with 11-1 chance Mason’s Gamble in the CAN$40 000 race four over seven furlongs before returning to win the $108 700 race nine over 6-½ furlongs with favorite Old Chestnut.
Husbands have won 19 times in 98 appearances this season to be third in the standings, six adrift of 21-year-old Japanese Kazushi Kimura and Emma-Jayne Wilson.
A seven-time Woodbine champion, Husbands opened his account when he produced a narrow score over the three-year-olds and upward with three-year-old bay colt Mason’s Gamble.
They dueled with pacesetter Where’s My Halter through the early fractions before coming to the fore with favorite Tomcat Black on the final turn.
Priceless Will surged down the middle in the stretch, but Husbands kept Masons Gamble to the task along the rails to get to the wire by a neck.
Husbands were back in the winner’s circle in another tight finish when he piloted four-year-old chestnut ridgling, Old Chestnut, to victory over the three-year-olds and upward by a nose.
Six-to-one chance Marten River led early, dragging the field through fractions of 23 seconds flat for the quarter and 45.37 for the half, with Alicia’s Kid and Clear Destination disputing second place just a length behind.
Husbands positioned Old Chestnut down along the rails in seventh but found himself starved for racing room at the top of the stretch.
However, Husbands expertly threaded a narrow seam between Marten River and Nevaeh’s Dream in the final yards to get up just in time.
Guyana-born Sunny Singh also tasted success at the southern Ontario racetrack in a 5-½ furlong dash. He made all the running with favorite Feelthebeat to edge the two-year-old maidens by a nose in race six.