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Veteran Rider Patrick Husbands Opens 2020 Season With Success

August 31, 2020

first_imgWest Paw stalked from the break, leading the pack in chase of the pace-setter Silent Charity who pulled the field through fractions of 23.22 seconds for the quarter mile and 46.62 for the half-mile, opening up a three length lead. Woodbine opened on June 6 following a near two-month delay due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto. The six-year-old bay mare endured a rough trip under Husbands, boxed in early on along the rails as 11-1 bet Short Summer Dress produced the early splits under challenge from Miss Behave and La Chauffeur in a tightly bunched field. Piper’s Legacy was still squeezed in along the rails in fifth with a furlong to run but when fourth placed Miss Bobbit faded, a seam opened up and Husbands rallied the mare, split the two front-runners to catch Miss Behave on the line. At the half-mile run in 45.60, Piper’s Legacy remained trapped down on the inside in seventh, with heavy traffic ahead of her heading into the final turn. TORONTO, Canada – Veteran Barbadian rider Patrick Husbands tasted success for the first time in the new Woodbine season when he produced two winners on Saturday’s 11-race card. Silent Charity led into the stretch but Husbands brought West Paw with a storming run to grab the lead with a furlong to run and then hold off the fast-finishing Vespolina and Cool Society to reach the wire first.center_img The seven-time champion, who turned 47 last month, scored with 4-1 chance West Paw in the CAN$60 200 race two before returning in the $101 200 race 10 to win with 7-2 bet Piper’s Legacy. Patrick Husbands in the winner’s enclosure with Piper’s Legacy. And Husbands had gone 19 rides without success until he paired with Mark Casse’s three-year-old roan filly West Paw to edge the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by a neck, in a 6-½ furlong sprint. Husbands’s second win came in another 6-½ furlong trip when he put on show every bit of his brilliance to carry the Donald MacRae-trained Piper’s Legacy to victory over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares in a photo finish. CMClast_img

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