About Patrick Husbands
Patrick Husbands was born on May 22, 1973, in Bridgetown, Barbados, and is now living in Brampton, Ontario. He is a member of an athletic family, as his dad, Walter who was a jockey, worked for him. His brother, Anthony, is a former Woodbine rider and outrider, while his brother Simon is also a rider at Woodbine. He began breezing horses at age 7 and was awarded the highly coveted Cockspur Cup in Barbados at age 16 riding the Vardar.
Barbadian jockey from Thoroughbred racehorses Patrick Husband has an estimated total net value in the region of six million dollars in 2021. As the son of a jockey Husbands started riding when he was a child. He became a professional in his country and was successful until the time he emigrated to Toronto, Ontario in 1994.
Husbands relocated into Woodbine in 1994, and he was able to win 12 races the first year, followed by 50 in 1995, and also won his first stakes race in Woodbine in 1998. He kept improving and was the first to win one out of the seven Sovereign Award as Canada’s top jockey in 1999. He has been the winner of all Woodbine’s stakes, at least once. He also won the Canadian Triple Crown – the Queen’s Plate, Prince of Wales as well as the Breeders’ Stakes on Wando in 2003. He also took home the Triple Tiara for fillies in 2007 aboard Sealy Hill and was second with Husbands on board in the Breeders’ Cup Filly as well as Mare Turf.
Husbands was made the first Canadian citizen in the year 2000. He was recognized in his home country Barbados due to his victory in the 2003 Triple Crown victory, highlighted by ‘Patrick’s Husbands Day in Garrison Savannah. Garrison Savannah racetrack on January 3rd of 2004. The Barbados government also awarded Husbands with the Barbados Service Star (BSS) as part of the country’s Independence Day honors list. Husbands also participated in the 2nd Annual Barbados Jockey’s Challenge on Novel Year’s Day 2005, which saw the team from Barbados defeat Team England 76-65 in the three-race contest.
2,000 Wins and Counting:
Husbands surpassed the 2,000-win threshold at the end of the 10th race of Woodbine on the 4th of October riding a three-year-old gelding Grazettes Landing for trainer Mark Casse and owner Eugene Melnyk. The trainer said, “It’s a great honor. I’ve been able to win about 600 (races) and have a lot of money for Mark Casse. He has helped me become the person that I am to this day. I acknowledge his contribution. Agent Gary Kemplen is doing an amazing job. One of the first people who gave me an opportunity for Woodbine was Reade Baker. He was among the first major outfits that allowed me to break.”
Husbands is grateful to his trainer Roger Attfield for getting his beginnings at Woodbine and is now regularly riding for the top Canadian trainer Mark Casse. Alongside the two mentioned previously, Wando as well as Sealy Hill among those stakes winners are Numerous Times, Williams Novels, Kimchi, Seattlespectacular, Mobil, Arch Hall, Legal Plod, Skip Code, Marchfield, Royal Challenger, Royal Oath, Sterwins, Added Edge, Smart Enough, Seaside Retreat, Dancer’s Bajan as well as Exciting Tale.