Monday, December 08, 2008


Husbands, Casse take titles (again) as 2008 Woodbine meet concludes


TORONTO, December 7 * For the second consecutive season, the dynamic duo of jockey Patrick Husbands and trainer Mark Casse ruled the roost in their respective colonies at Woodbine.

Both finalists for year-end Sovereign Awards, Husbands, who won 166 races to take the riding title, and Casse, whose 75 triumphs were 17 wins more than his nearest competitor, connected for 62 wins this year to propel each to their respective 2008 championships, as the eight-month live Thoroughbred season came to a close on Sunday.


The final card was cancelled after the second race due to the extreme cold weather.

Husbands won his fifth Woodbine riding title. The five-time Sovereign Award-winning jockey, who scored his previous championships in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2007, also took the purse earnings mark with $9,433,918. Jim McAleney was second with 162 wins, while Emma-Jayne Wilson was third with 111 wins.

Casse took his third and second straight Woodbine training title with 75 wins, while establishing a Woodbine purse earnings mark of $5,648,751. He also won the 2002 and 2007 championship. Sid Attard was second this year with 58 wins, while Reade Baker was third with 48.

Stronach Stables topped the Woodbine's owner standings with purse earnings of $2,297,301 and 32 wins. Tucci Stables was second with $2,095,800. Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc. was third with $1,638,185.

The winner of this year's Grade 1, $2 million Pattison Canadian International, Marsh Side ($61.20), led all horses at the meet with $1,245,000 in earnings.

Three-year-old filly Sugar Bay won six races to lead all runners for most wins.

Jono Jones guided Charles Fipke homebred Not Bourbon ($11.30) to a thrilling head victory in the Queen's Plate over Stronach Stables filly Ginger Brew, who won the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, by six lengths, returning $3.20.

In the other major stakes events, Ontario-bred Rahy's Attorney ($27.30) scored in the Woodbine Mile, Champs Elysees ($9.20) won the Northern Dancer Turf, and Marlang ($20.20) won the Breeders' Stakes, third jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown Series.


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