WOODBINE JOCKEY DRAWS YEAR BAN
Thoroughblog and DAILY RACING FORM have learned that Simon Husbands has received a one year ban for an "unsatisfactory ride" in a race last Sunday at Woodbine.
The Woodbine stewards reportedly received at least one complaint - owner, trainer or fan, it was disclosed who it was - soon after the running of the race in which Husbands' horse Bug's Boy was second as a longshot.
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By Bill Tallon
Jockey Simon Husbands is facing a suspension of one calendar year for what stewards termed "an unsatisfactory ride" aboard Bug's Boy, who finished second in the third race at Woodbine on Nov. 30.
"Husbands did not persevere with his mount throughout the race or demonstrate an effort to ensure the best and fastest race of which his mount was capable," read the stewards' ruling, which was released Saturday.
Stewards Richard Grubb, Fenton Platts, and Gunnar Lindberg heard testimony from Husbands and trainer John LeBlanc, whose wife, Maggie, and son, Douglas, own Bug's Boy. Robert King, secretary manager of the Jockeys' Benefit Association of Canada, also was present.
Bug's Boy finished second in the race at 14-1.
Husbands, 39, is the older brother of Patrick Husbands, who has been one of the top riders at Woodbine over the past decade.
Through Friday, Simon Husbands had ridden 165 horses at the Woodbine meeting and recorded 13 wins, a total of 45 in-the-money finishes, and earnings of $677,495.
Grubb, the senior steward at the hearing, said that Husbands indicated he will appeal the suspension, which was set for Dec. 8, 2008, through Dec. 7, 2009.
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JIMMY MAC BY ONE!
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
James McAleney 826 162 111 119 $8,436,896
Patrick Husbands 798 161 138 111 $9,287,784
Two wins for Jimmy McAleney (above, left) on a very cold, windy winter day has the rider in front by one for the last 2 days of racing.
The wind seemed to help horses on the lead a lot yesterday - the Bold n; Flashy Kentucky bred 2yo PASO DOBLE is 2 for 2 in his career with a front running score in a featured allowance race. The David Callaghan owned gelding held off the big favourite JIMMYMAC BEAR in 1:09 4/5. Callaghan's son Slade rode the horse who is trained by Mike Doyle.
Husbands won one - on the win machine KY BLUZ GIRL, who won for $40K claiming for Frank DiGiulio and Robert Tiller.
Curiously, Tiller re-claimed the old mare Knocker from the race and she was fourth.
Yesterday's action was marred by a sad breakdown of the 2-year-old filly SANGUINE, a Proud Citizen filly who had debuted in a stakes race but was in amaiden event yesterday. She had speed before she brokwn down nearing the quarter-pole. She was owned by Patrick Lawley-Wakelin and Mark Frostad.
The winner of the maiden allowance for 2yo fillies was the very lean looking Vindication 2yo ENTITLED, a favourite in the morning line who went off at 9 to 1. The Kentucky bred is owned by John Sikura Ed Mcgee and trained by Josie Carroll.
TODAY - 2YOS ON DISPLAY
There is a mandatory payout on the Pick 6 today. The carryover is $587.
A large and very competitive field of 2yos is in the Display Stakes.
The favourites figure to be PATENA (Seeking the Gold), BEAR'S ROCKET (Lion Heart) and SHAFTED (Mineshaft),
The filly HOOH WHY has a Beyer Figure edge on the boys but the distance is a question.
Post time is 12:40 today and tomorrow.
SOVEREIGN FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Grade 2 stakes winner Springside not even nominated
In a completely bizarre happening, SPRINGSIDE, the Grade 2 winner owned by Jim and Alice Sapara, did not even receive a nomination for Canada's champion 2-year-old filly for next week's Sovereign awards.
This is an inexplicable development and the voting list for the Sovereign Awards should absolutely be scrutinized and adjusted.
Instead, her place seemingly was taken by Laragh, a grass horse who won a stake at Keeneland and placed in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf.
TRUE METROPLITAN ia another weird one who did not get nominated. He may not have been the best older male horse on the main track this year but the 2-time champion surely merited a nomination in a very weak category.
Champion 2 Year Old Filly
Van Lear Rose
Champion 2 Year Old Male
Mine That Bird
Champion 3 Year Old Filly
Champion 3 Year Old Male
Champion Older Female on the Main Track
Against the Sky
Champion Older Male on the Main Track
Champion Female Turf
Callwood Dancer (Ire)
Champion Male Turf Horse
Gardiner Farms Limited
Outstanding Owner in Canada
Bear Stables, Ltd.
Outstanding Apprentice Jockey
Eurico Rosa Da Silva
EXCERPT - DAILY RACING FORM
Adena Springs after 4th straight Sovereign Award
Strength in numbers is the theme of the finalists for the 2008 Sovereign Awards for outstanding breeder and broodmare in Canada. The winners will be announced Friday at a ceremony in downtown Toronto.
Adena Springs, owned by Frank Stronach, seems poised to garner its fourth consecutive top breeder award and eighth overall since the awards were initiated in 1975.
The farm, which has branches in Florida, Kentucky, and Aurora, Ontario, is up against the legendary Gardiner Farms - which is for sale following this summer's passing of its owner Helen Gardiner - and Eugene Melnyk.
Horses bred by Adena Springs are favored to win two Sovereigns this year: Fatal Bullet (foaled in Florida) is the likely champion sprinter and possibly the Horse of the Year, and Ginger Brew (foaled in Ontario) should be named champion 3-year-old filly.
And with dozens of other top stakes winners that raced in Canada or the United States, including Harlem Rocker, winner of the Prince of Wales Stakes, and graded stakes winners Sugar Swirl, The Niagara Queen, Buffalo Man, and Just Rushing, the numbers are on its side.
According to statistics provided by the Jockey Club of Canada (for Canadian-bred foals only), Adena bred 84 winners from 147 starters, who earned $6.3 million through Nov. 4.
Wild Again dies in Midway
Staff, Wire Reports
Pensioned stallion Wild Again, winner of the first Breeders' Cup Classic, was euthanized Friday morning because of infirmities of old age, said Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, where the son of Icecapade stood most of his career.
Wild Again was 28. He will be buried in the farm's stallion cemetery, next to former barn mate Capote.
"We all knew this day would come, but that doesn't make it any easier to accept," said Robert Clay, Three Chimneys owner. "At 28 years old, he lived a long and fruitful life."
Wild Again was pensioned in October 2004 because of declining fertility but remained in good health.
He sired 88 stakes winners, including two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Milwaukee Brew, Cstallion Wild Rush and Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Elmhurst.
Wait a While tests positive
A horse Todd Pletcher trained to a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Oct. 24 has tested positive for a prohibited level of the local anesthetic procaine, according to the California Horse Racing Board.
Wait a While, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2006, could be disqualified and lose $213,000 in purse money. Stewards have scheduled a hearing for Dec. 14 at Hollywood Park. No hearing has been scheduled on Pletcher, who could face a minimum 30-day suspension.
Procaine is used in some penicillin preparations; Pletcher told racing media that Wait a While had been on penicillin until 18 days before the race to treat a fever that developed in September and he had been told 14 days' withdrawal time would be enough.