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Husbands keeps on winning

Patrick Husbands. (FP)

Mon, August 08, 2011 – 12:03 AM

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Patrick Husbands found another winning vein, narrowly winning the CAN$150 000 (BDS$297 400) Seagram Cup Stakes, and collecting a triple on Saturday at the Woodbine Racetrack.

The Barbadian reinsman rode 5-1 shot James Street to victory by a head over Stunning Stag, under Gerry Olguin, in the eighth of ten races on the card at Canada’s premier racing oval.

James Street, a four-year-old bay colt owned by Barbados-based Canadian business executive Eugene Melnyk, ran the 1 700 metres on the Polytrack in one minute, 44.01 seconds – just 1.79 secondss over the track record.

“We had a pretty slow half,” said Husbands.

“But I didn’t want Gerry (Olguin) to come and catch me sleeping, so I tried to get [the colt] going before he got there, and he gave me 110 per cent down the lane.”

The victory gave Husbands his 15th stakes win for the year in North America, and his third Melnyk Racing Stables colours.

He now has 92 wins for the season, earning CAN$4 754 932 (BDS$9 427 000 and is second in the jockeys’ table – 21 behind current leader Luis Contreras.

Court Of The Realm, under last year’s champion jockey Eurico Da Silva, came into the Seagram Cup on a five-race winning streak and was the best of the seven-horse field over the first half of the race.

Husbands kept his mount in touch from fifth position, racing wide down the backstretch behind Southdale under female jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson, and a rail-riding Sand Cove owned by Barbadian business exec Ralph Johnson and ridden by Trinidadian-born jockey Richard Dos Ramos.

Husbands advanced James Street to apply pressure at the far turn before taking command at the top of the stretch, and though Olguin launched an all-out attack on Stunning Stag in the final 100m, there was no stopping James Street.

Earlier, Husbands had landed a comfortable, wire-to-wire, seven-length victory aboard 6-5 favourite Quality Lass in the CAN$67 100 (BDS$133 000) fifth race over 1 100m.

He won an early duel with Supreme Prospect under fellow Barbadian Slade Callaghan, and edged the two-year-old chestnut filly clear in the middle of the backstretch and widened through the remainder of the race to stop the clock in one minute, 03.85 seconds.

Husbands later brought the curtain down with a four-and-a-half-length victory astride the 6-1 shot Daring Delilah in the CAN$26 900 (BDS$53 331) final race over 1 700m.

Daring Delilah, a four-year-old chestnut filly, was kept in range by Husbands before he produced her four-wide late in the turn, taking a short lead at the top of the stretch to finishing 1:46.09. (CMC)

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All-clear for United Derby | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, August 12, 2011

The United Insurance Co. Race Day – postponed last Saturday because of inclement weather and adverse track conditions – will come off tomorrow at the Garrison Savannah.

The ten-race card for the seventh day of the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season is set to start at 12:45 p.m. with the 72nd running of the Barbados Derby – the feature event.

The United Insurance Barbados Derby – for West Indian bred three-year-olds going 2 000 metres – is being sponsored by United Insurance Company for the 27th consecutive year.

This 11-horse field is headed by the Sir Charles Williams-owned Kendal Moon and Slip Stream and the Lord Michael Taylor-owned Istanbul and Island Memories.

Another race that will create excitement is the United Star Treatment Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 58-80 and also open to horses rated 57 and below over 1 800 metres.

Sir David Seale’s filly Missed Storm is the standout of this group having won two of her last three starts.

She lost her maiden in the Midnight Lute Trophy Handicap for horses rated 38-60 and followed that up by taking the Kirov Lady Handicap for horses rated 48-70.

The A Team-owned Just Jiving, despite being defeated by Missed Storm, will also want to press claim to this race having won two of his last four outings.

He first took the Santa Faye Handicap for horses rated 25-50 and followed with a victory in the Pic-O-De-Crop Handicap for horses rated 38-60. Both Missed Storm’s and Just Jiving’s victories were over 1 800 metres.

The D. Yearwood, R. Simpson and L. Obi-owned Thunder Bird, while performing creditably has suffered defeats at the hands of Missed Storm and Just Jiving. He has finally been cut loose by the handicappers and appears as extremely high voltage in here.

Mystic Moon and Royal Spirits are the other winners in the field; however both are without a win this year which is a matter I’m sure their camps will want to rectify.

The others entered could use this race to create a much needed favourable impression.

Race 10 – the Ui Management Incorporated Trophy Handicap for West Indian bred three-year-olds over 1 570 metres – can be considered a consolation to the Derby field.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Vitality has opted out of the Derby to go here.

With him taking the top weight of 128 pounds it will however not be one-way traffic, as the likes of Fernandina, Wingman, Queen Of Hearts, Lune De Barachois and Volcanic can all take advantage of the handicappers’ generosity by turning in good performances.

The fifth staging of the T.A. “Tommy” Peirce Memorial Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140, and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 570 metres will add variety.

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United Insurance Derby Day resheduled for August 13, 2011

09 August, 2011


 The Barbados Turf Club wishes to advise that following an inspection of the race track on Saturday morning, the Race Day Stewards postponed the United Insurance Barbados Derby Raceday,  which was scheduled to be held on Saturday, 6 August 2011,  due to certain waterlogged areas on the track and in particular the unevenness of the track making it not fit for racing.

 The matter had been referred to the Board of Directors in which they have reschedule the race day for this Saturday, 13th August 2011. 

Please be guided accordingly.

 Rosette Peirce

Secretary/Chief Executive Officer

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