Husbands wins five at Woodbine | Sun, August 21, 2011 

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Patrick Husbands continued his impressive vein of winning form with a five-timer that included one of the feature events in yesterday’s 10-race card at the Woodbine Racetrack.

The ace Barbadian reinsman now has 111 wins for the season – and is 17 adrift of current leader Luis Contreras with the season set to finish on December 4 this year.

Husbands claimed his 16th stakes victory for the year in North America, steering the 7-5 favourite Stars to Shine to an convincing 3 ¾-length victory over Ariana D, under Omar Moreno, in the CAN $100 000 Belle Mahone Stakes in the sixth race.

Stars to Shine, a four-year-old, dark bay colt, completed her first career stakes win in one minute, 43.77 seconds for a 1 700-metre trip around the Polytrack.

Husbands put Stars to Shine to stalk the early pacesetter, and close four-wide on the far turn – but his mount was full of run around the final turn.

He put her to challenge near the quarter pole, and took command at the top of the stretch before widening the lead under a steady drive to the wire.

Husbands had opened the programme with a half-length victory on the odds-on favourite Dancin David – owned by renowned Barbadian businessman and racehorse owner Sir David Seale – in the CAN $37 200 first race over 1 200m.

He followed with another half-length victory on the 4-5 favourite Blue Heart in the CAN $67 100 second race, going 1 200m.

Husbands further stamped his authority with a 3 ¼-length victory on the 2-1 favourite Sports Select in the CAN $74 800 third race over 1 200m.

Compatriot Slade Callaghan did well to hold him off with a two-length victory on the 66-5 outsider Truly Amazing in the CAN $39 100 fifth race, going 1 200m.

But Husbands returned to win the Belle Mahone, and added a three-length victory on the 1-1 favourite Dr. Funkenstein in the CAN $30 500 penultimate race over 1 400m. (CMC)

Super run | Sun, August 21, 2011

It took a superstar to brighten up things at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

With the inclement weather adversely affecting virtually every sport across Barbados, it was the Sport of Kings that held centre stage at the eighth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season.

Superstar, beautifully ridden by Antonio Bishop, won the feature BTBA Sprint Stakes and Trophy ahead of Vitality, with Antonio Whitehall aboard, in front of an appreciative crowd that had the last laugh on a grey, rainy day due to the effects of a tropical wave affecting the island.

The well grassed turf at the Savannah was a beauty to behold, and with cricketers sitting around in pavilions as their matches were rained out or severely delayed, the stewards at the Garrison never even had to make a cautionary inspection.

In this Kenmore Bynoe photo, Superstar is powering to victory ahead of Vitality yesterday.

US$650 000 raceday in Trinidad | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, August 21, 2011

Trinidad and Tobago is set to host the richest raceday in the history of horse racing in the Caribbean. Arima Racing Authority and Caribbean Racing Promotions Limited will stage the inaugural running of the Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge Raceday on Saturday, December 3.

The ten-race card will be held at that country’s lone racing facility Santa Rosa Park and carries a total purse of US$650 000. This information was revealed by advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Racing Industry, Christopher Armond at a specially called meeting held Thursday at the offices of the Barbados Turf Club.

This US$2 million project is for Caribbean nations. Countries which were invited to participate are Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, St Kitts and Trinidad and Tobago.

In reference to St Kitts’ participation Armond said that that country was expected to ascertain recognition from the International Turf Authority by August 29, failing which it would not be allowed to compete.

Armond was accompanied by chief government veterinarian Dr David Kangaloo who spoke about quarantine requirements for horses to enter Trinidad and Tobago. Up to press time the committee was still awaiting the approval of the cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago for the raceday but Armond assured racing enthusiasts that the event would go ahead.

“We have earmarked US$200 000 to transport the horses from and back to the respective territories. The race card features seven races on the main track and three on the turf track.

“Our main track accommodates 16 runners and our turf 12 runners. Half of each field will be reserved for Trinidad and Tobago horses and a minimum of one horse from each invited country.”

In order to qualify for entry in these races all horses must be domiciled in Trinidad and the invited country by October 1.

A horse can be nominated for a maximum of two races and there are three nomination stages those being stage one – October 5, stage two – November 2 and the final stage – November 23.

The performance of each horse will be reassessed after each nomination by a handicapping panel.

This undertaking is expected to generate further revenue for Trinidad whose major foreign exchange comes from natural gas and oil and is now seeking to build its sports tourism industry.

“This is Trinidad’s way of giving back and rewarding those investors in the Caribbean who each year invest so heavily in horse racing to keep this industry going,” Armond noted.

The facility at Santa Rosa Park can accommodate 7 000 people while air conditioned tents will be erected on the infield to house a further 800 or 900 people.

Bright Moon | Sun, August 14, 2011

The sun was yet to set, but the moon came out in all its brilliance early at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

Kendal Moon, that is.

And now, veteran horse owner Sir Charles Williams is basking in the glory of yet another United Insurance Derby victory.

Kendal Moon, brilliantly ridden by champion jockey Anderson Trotman, finished strong down the straight and just got up at the pole to beat Sail On, with Paul Leacock aboard, by a neck in one of the more exciting derbies in recent years.

Here, Kendal Moon being paraded in front of the Grandstand by Sir Charles (right) and Lady Williams after his impressive victory yesterday. (HW)


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)

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.