Patrick Husbands

He rode in Barbados at the very tender age of five (5) and today he now stands in full control of the horse-racing arena in Canada as he has been the champion jockey at Woodbine, Toronto several times since his very first ride in his hometown Barbados.


This may all sound quite fairy-tale oriented but it is indeed a dream come true for this young jockey from Barbados. In 1990 at the Garrison Savannah in Barbados, Patrick was historically the youngest rider ever to win the prestigious Cockspur Gold Cup (now the Sandy Lane Gold Cup).


January 3, 2004 was recognised as "Patrick Husbands Day" at the Garrison Savannah racetrack in Barbados. The day highlighted a jockey's challenge and a trio of races that involved several Woodbine-based riders. The Government of Barbados conferred upon him the accolade of Barbados Service Star (BSS) in the country's Independence Day honours' list. On New Year's Day, he took part in the second annual Barbados Jockey's Challenge, helping the home side defeat Team England 76-65 in the three-race event.


At Woodbine and Fort Erie, there is a large community from Barbados which Patrick has played a pivotal role in organising various jobs for such as trainers, grooms, exercise riders and hot walkers.


Clearly a man with a generous heart, Patrick is a significant donor to both the Hospital for Sick Kids and the Canadian Cancer Society.


Patrick's Career

the youngest rider ever to win the prestigious Cockspur Cup in his hometown of Barbados at age 16, Husbands captured the 1993 Barbados riding title at Garrison Savannah
after a 12-win rookie season at Woodbine in 1994, Patrick won 50 in 1995- in 1998, Patrick finally broke through posting then-career highs in virtually every category
he captured his first two Woodbine stakes wins (Royal North with Going to Extremes; Kennedy Road with Uncle Woger) and finished third in the standings in 1998
parlayed his late season success in 1998 into a stellar Sovereign Award-winning 1999, a year in which he led the Woodbine colony in virtually every category
in 2000, he tallied Sovereign Award number two- he fell just short that year of his first major Canadian win when Williams News lost a nose decision to Mutafaweq in the $1.5 million Canadian International
his 2001 Atto Mile win with Numerous Times easily made amends- it was a race he dedicated to his mother, who only days earlier had passed away
in 2001, became the first rider in Canadian racing history to complete the natural hat-trick, winning back-to-back-to-back Sovereign Awards
in 2002, Husbands won an unprecedented fourth-consecutive Sovereign Award as the nation's top rider
led the colony in mounts (840), earnings ($9,222,378), seconds (148) and thirds (118)
formed formidable tandem with trainer Mark Casse, the duo combining for four wins on August 16, 2002, a day in which Husbands rode five winners in all
in what was undoubtedly the crowning achievement of his career, Husbands guided 2003 Horse of the Year Wando to Triple Crown glory, teaming with the colt to capture the hearts of Canadian racing fans
captured 17 stakes scores on the 2003 campaign
just missed winning the Toronto oval's riders title, finishing the year with 158 victories
cracked the $10-million mark in purse earnings for the first time
in 2004, Husbands proved he's one of the best in the business, as he recorded 136 wins (second in the colony), eight added-money scores and $7,176,362 in purse earnings
has ranked in the top three at Woodbine eight years in a row, including three riders' titles (1999,2000 and 2002)
won eight Woodbine stakes, including two with Seattlespectacular, the Chief Bearhart and Valedictory
in 2005,  guided champion Mobil to a brilliant second-place finish to Eclipse Award winner (Top Turf horse) Leroidesanimaux in the Atto Mile
his 49.1% in-the-money average was tops among all Woodbine regulars
ranked third in the standings
his 29 two-year-old wins were most in the colony
$6,680,865 in purse earnings was the second-best mark
won the first and last races of the 2005 Woodbine season
in 2006, finished second in the standings, marking the ninth consecutive year Husbands has ranked in the top three
his $7,182,656 in purse earnings was best among all riders
also led the colony in win average (18.6%), in-the-money average (48.5%), turf wins (22, tied with Todd Kabel) and winning favourites (67)
won 11 stakes races, including the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks with Kimchi (the duo won the first two races in the Triple Tiara Series), three with Arch Hall, two with Legal Move and the Breeders’ Stakes, third jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown Series, with Stronach Stables’ Royal Challenger
took the Grade 3 Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes with Skip Code, who went on to contest the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, also with Husbands in the saddle
in 2007, won the rider’s title with 149 wins, including a colony-best 21 stakes triumphs
led the colony in 13 different statistical categories, including purse earnings, two-year-old wins, sprints, routes and turf victories
piloted champion Sealy Hill to victory in the Labatt Woodbine Oaks,  Bison City and Wonder Where Stakes, making the Eugene Melnyk colour-bearer the first filly to sweep the Triple Tiara Series
his 20.8 % win average was over 5% higher than his closest competitor
captured the Breeders’ Stakes with Marchfield
was awarded his fifth Sovereign Award as Canada’s top rider…rode at Santa Anita over the 2009 winter months
staged improbable come-from-behind victory to win his second consecutive and fifth overall Woodbine riding title (166 wins)
in 2008, led the colony in purse earnings ($9,433,918) second-place finishes, win percentage (21%), in-the-money percentage (52%), route wins (61) and allowance scores (46)
was awarded his sixth Sovereign Award as Canada’s top rider
won nine Woodbine stakes with nine different horses, including the Cup & Saucer with Utterly Cool and the King Edward with Royal Oath
recorded five wins from eight mounts on November 27, finishing second twice and third once in his other starts
partnered 2007 Horse of the Year Sealy Hill to a stirring runner-up effort in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, at Santa Anita
has won 137 career stakes in North America, 29 of which are graded.


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