Patrick Husbands, trainer of the champion 3-year-old filly Gunpowder won all three stakes races at Sunday’s opening Thoroughbred Week card.

The “ontario horse racing news” is a story that has been dominating the opening week of Thoroughbred Week. Patrick Husbands has dominated the field and is still in the lead.

Patrick Husbands Dominates Opening Thoroughbred Week

The Thoroughbred season at Woodbine Racetrack is off to a great start, with the track welcoming spectators and horsepeople on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Patrick Husbands, a well-known rider who hinted at retirement last season, is now back to his best. Two of the eight races on Saturday’s eight-race schedule on the Woodbine Racetrack’s oval were won by the Gold-standard athlete.


The opening of Woodbine Entertainment’s Thoroughbred season last weekend was the first one since 2019 that was not postponed and began on time. Both the 2020 and 2021 seasons were postponed due to the exceptional scenario and the resulting health restrictions, and began in June 2020 and June 2021, respectively.

Starting out on the right foot


Despite prior signals that he was about to retire, Mr. Husbands is back on the track and isn’t ready to call it quits just yet. He won two races on the first day of the 2022 live racing season on Saturday. The well-known jockey said that Woodbine is his home, that he loves the people who work there, and that he is unable to leave at this time.

Even though the weather was not perfect on the first day, which included an eight-race schedule, the contests drew a large attendance. This season marks the first time in three years that racegoers have been free to enjoy themselves without any social barriers or confirmation of vaccination. This is owing to the province’s relaxation of regulations last month.

Mr. Husbands won the CA$100,000 Long Branch Stakes while riding Dreaming of Drew, defeating two of Mark Casse’s competitors. Mr. Casse’s Jeanie B briefly stole the lead, but Dreaming of Drew swiftly regained control and retook the lead right before the last line. Barb Minshall’s four-year-old filly has already won three times in six races.

Mr. Husbands had previously won race six with Beautiful Empire, giving Mr. Casse his first victory of the meet. The race was hampered, however, by a mishap halfway down the stretch, when Forest Drift slipped after colliding with Sterling Speed. Fortunately, the horse recovered quickly and was unharmed, while jockey Daisuke Fukumoto was upset but managed to go to the ambulance.

Plans for the Company

Woodbine Entertainment announced earlier last month that it has signed a collaboration deal with Century Miles in British Columbia to bring the east and west horse racing sectors together. The winner of the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Century Miles will now get a free entry into the Grade 3 Ontario Derby. Furthermore, by winning both races, the horse may earn up to CA$50,000 in prize money.

The corporation surprised soccer fans throughout the region and the nation in March. Woodbine Entertainment has announced that a soccer stadium and training facility would be built on its Woodbine Racetrack property. The new facility will meet all FIFA criteria and will be utilized by local teams as well as the men’s and women’s national teams of Canada.

Richard Mauntah, Richard Mauntah, Richard Mauntah, Richard Mauntah, Richard The Toronto Sun reported on April 16, 2022, that “Husbands wins twice as Woodbine’s thoroughbred season gets underway.”

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