Jockey Bio

Born: 5/22/1973 in Bridgetown, Barbados
Resides: Brampton, Ontario


  • Husbands recorded 100 wins in a meet for the third consecutive year, finishing the season with 101 wins from 557 starts, good for third in the Woodbine jockey standings.
  • 49 of Husbands 101 wins on the season came aboard horses trained by Mark Casse. The formidable jockey/trainer combination won 23% of their starts together and finished in-the-money 57% of the time.
  • Husbands finished the meet with 15 stakes wins, second among all Woodbine jockeys.
  • 11 of Husbands 15 stakes wins came on Casse horses, including Lexie Lou (G2 Nassau S., G2 Dance Smartly S. & Victoriana S.), Conquest Enforcer (Queenston S. & Charlie Barley S.), Conquest Vivi (Nandi S. & Victorian Queen S.), Golden Hawk (G3 Grey S.),  Conquest Daddyo (Toronto Cup S.), Uchenna (Belle Mahone S.), and Vanish (Clarendon S.)
  • Other Husbands stakes winners in 2016 included Danish Dynaformer (G3 Singspiel S.), Puntrooskie (G3 Bold Venture S.), Kingsport (Shepperton S.), and Spring Tempest (Muskoka S.)
Woodbine Stakes Wins
​2016 ​15
​2015 ​8
​2014 ​21
​2013 ​11
​2012 ​21
2011 23
2010 16
2009 20
2008 9
2007 21
2006 11
2005 8
2004 8
2003 17
2002 12
2001  8
2000 14
1999 13
1998 2
Recent Woodbine Record
​2016 ​557 ​101 ​3 $6,394,937
2015​ ​595 ​116 ​3 ​$7,439,753
​2014 ​676 ​170 ​1 $10,634,237​
​2013 ​357 ​89 ​t-4 ​$4,106,193
​2012 ​758 ​167 ​2 ​$9,127,220
2011 834 192 2 $9,633,321
2010 957 172 2 $9,235,989
2009 972 188 1 $10,827,171
2008  809 166 1 $9,433,918
2007 718 149 1 $9,173,369
2006 666 124 2 $7,182,656
2005 678 118 3 $6,680,865
2004 713 136 2 $7,176,362
2003 792 158 2 $10,540,416
2002 840 167 1 $9,222,378
2001 853 140 2 $7,469,239
2000 916 178 1 $8,123,227
1999 945 173 1 $5,344,520
1998 780 131 3 $2,666,729
 MOUNTS 1st 2nd 3rd
16,507 3,080 2,696 2,331

As of April 1, 2017​
  • the youngest rider ever to win the prestigious Cockspur Cup in his hometown of Barbados at age 16, Husbands captured the 1993 Barbados riding title at Garrison Savannah
  • after a 12-win rookie season at Woodbine in 1994, Patrick won 50 in 1995- in 1998, Patrick finally broke through posting then-career highs in virtually every category
  • he captured his first two Woodbine stakes wins (Royal North with Going to Extremes; Kennedy Road with Uncle Woger) and finished third in the standings in 1998
  • parlayed his late season success in 1998 into a stellar Sovereign Award-winning 1999, a year in which he led the Woodbine colony in virtually every category
  • in 2000, he tallied Sovereign Award number two- he fell just short that year of his first major Canadian win when Williams News lost a nose decision to Mutafaweq in the $1.5 million Canadian International
  • his 2001 Atto Mile win with Numerous Times easily made amends- it was a race he dedicated to his mother, who only days earlier had passed away
  • in 2001, became the first rider in Canadian racing history to complete the natural hat-trick, winning back-to-back-to-back Sovereign Awards
  • in 2002, Husbands won an unprecedented fourth-consecutive Sovereign Award as the nation's top rider
  • led the colony in mounts (840), earnings ($9,222,378), seconds (148) and thirds (118)
  • formed formidable tandem with trainer Mark Casse, the duo combining for four wins on August 16, 2002, a day in which Husbands rode five winners in all
  • in what was undoubtedly the crowning achievement of his career, Husbands guided 2003 Horse of the Year Wando to Triple Crown glory, teaming with the colt to capture the hearts of Canadian racing fans
  • captured 17 stakes scores on the 2003 campaign
  • just missed winning the Toronto oval's riders title, finishing the year with 158 victories
  • cracked the $10-million mark in purse earnings for the first time
  • in 2004, Husbands proved he's one of the best in the business, as he recorded 136 wins (second in the colony), eight added-money scores and $7,176,362 in purse earnings
  • has ranked in the top three at Woodbine eight years in a row, including three riders' titles (1999,2000 and 2002)
  • won eight Woodbine stakes, including two with Seattlespectacular, the Chief Bearhart and Valedictory
  • in 2005,  guided champion Mobil to a brilliant second-place finish to Eclipse Award winner (Top Turf horse) Leroidesanimaux in the Atto Mile
  • his 49.1% in-the-money average was tops among all Woodbine regulars
  • ranked third in the standings
  • his 29 two-year-old wins were most in the colony
  • $6,680,865 in purse earnings was the second-best mark
  • won the first and last races of the 2005 Woodbine season
  • in 2006, finished second in the standings, marking the ninth consecutive year Husbands has ranked in the top three
  • his $7,182,656 in purse earnings was best among all riders
  • also led the colony in win average (18.6%), in-the-money average (48.5%), turf wins (22, tied with Todd Kabel) and winning favourites (67)
  • won 11 stakes races, including the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks with Kimchi (the duo won the first two races in the Triple Tiara Series), three with Arch Hall, two with Legal Move and the Breeders’ Stakes, third jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown Series, with Stronach Stables’ Royal Challenger
  • took the Grade 3 Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes with Skip Code, who went on to contest the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, also with Husbands in the saddle
  • in 2007, won the rider’s title with 149 wins, including a colony-best 21 stakes triumphs
  • led the colony in 13 different statistical categories, including purse earnings, two-year-old wins, sprints, routes and turf victories
  • piloted champion Sealy Hill to victory in the Labatt Woodbine Oaks,  Bison City and Wonder Where Stakes, making the Eugene Melnyk colour-bearer the first filly to sweep the Triple Tiara Series
  • his 20.8 % win average was over 5% higher than his closest competitor
  • captured the Breeders’ Stakes with Marchfield
  • was awarded his fifth Sovereign Award as Canada’s top rider…rode at Santa Anita over the 2009 winter months
  • staged improbable come-from-behind victory to win his second consecutive and fifth overall Woodbine riding title (166 wins)
  • in 2008, led the colony in purse earnings ($9,433,918) second-place finishes, win percentage (21%), in-the-money percentage (52%), route wins (61) and allowance scores (46)
  • was awarded his sixth Sovereign Award as Canada’s top rider
  • won nine Woodbine stakes with nine different horses, including the Cup & Saucer with Utterly Cool and the King Edward with Royal Oath
  • recorded five wins from eight mounts on November 27, finishing second twice and third once in his other starts
  • partnered 2007 Horse of the Year Sealy Hill to a stirring runner-up effort in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, at Santa Anita
  • in 2009, won his third consecutive and record seventh Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding rider
  • won 188 races (fourth-most all-time at Woodbine), including a colony-best 20 stakes scores
  • led the colony in wins, second, thirds, top-three finishes, stakes victories, win average, in-the-money average, sprint wins, route wins and turf wins
  • closest competitor finished 49 wins behind
  • moved into third place all-time with six Woodbine riding titles, behind only Sandy Hawley (19) and Avelino Gomez (7)
  • recorded his 2,000th win in October with Mark Casse trainee Grazettes Landing
  • had $9,235,989 in purse earnings (best in the colony)
  • in 2010, in 2010, was a finalist for the top rider Sovereign Award, winning 172 races and ranking second in the colony  
  • won 16 Woodbine stakes, including the Grade 3 Connaught Cup and the Grade 2 King Edward, and the Grade 2 Dance Smartly and Flaming Page with Mekong Melody
  • recorded 31 turf wins, tops among all Woodbine riders
  • took 62 route races, also tops among Woodbine riders
  • posted 462 top-three finishes
  • in 2011, won 192 races at Woodbine (a career-best mark and fourth-highest total by a Toronto oval rider)
  • tied for most stakes wins (23, a personal-best mark), including the Plate Trial and Wando Stakes with Check Your Soul, the Hendrie and Ontario Matron with Embur's Song and the Duchess and Ontario Colleen wih Anne's Beauty
  • had the top win percentage (23) and top-three percentage (53) of all regular riders
  • recorded $9,633,321 in purse earnings, eclipsing $9-million for the seventh time in his career
  • had two five-win days (August 20 and August 27)
  • has 198 stakes wins heading into 2012, 42 of which are graded
  • in 2013, he was sidelined for four months after sustaining a fracture above his right ankle when he was briefly caught under his mount, A Tough Buck. He had just crossed the finish line to win the Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine.
  • 2014 Husbands enjoyed a remarkable campaign leading all jockeys with 170 wins and purse earnings of $10,634,237
  • Captured the Woodbine Oaks and Queen's Plate with Lexie Lou
  • Notched 9 graded stakes in 2014 inlcuding wins with Hillaby ( G2 Bessarabian), Native Bombshell (G3 Ontario Fashion), Conquest Harlanate (G3 Mazarine, G2 Natalma),  Florida Won (G3 Ontario Derby), Conquest Typhoon (G2 Summer),  Kaigun (G2 Play the King), Sky Captain (G3 Dominion Day), Spring in the Air (G2 Hendrie)​​
  • In 2015, the veteran rider continues to excel winning 116 races from just 595 mounts, good for third in the table, while banking $7,439,753 in purse earnings
  • Although he continues to win in big numbers, his stakes scores dropped to single digits (8) for the first time since 2008. His lone graded stakes winner came aboard Florida Won in the G3 Seagram Cup
  • Additional stakes winners for Husbands were Kingsport (Sir Barton, Deputy Minister), Conquest Enforcer (Cup and Saucer), Danish Dynaformer (Breeders' Stakes), Season Ticket (Wonder Where), Bear's Pride (Victoriana) and Beliveau (Clarendon)
  • The talented juveniles Conquest Enforcer and Beliveau endured injury shortened seasons, but could play a big role in the Canadian Triple Crown this summer
  • Husbands now shares the record for most Breeders' Stakes wins (4) with Sandy Hawley and Robin Platts. He won the Breeders' previously with Wando (2003), Royal Challenger (2006) and Marchfield (2007)
After the Wire
  • Patrick became a Canadian citizen in 2000
  • father was a jockey, his older brother Anthony is an outrider at Woodbine and brother Simon rides in the U.S.
  • credits trainer Reade Baker for his break in Canadian racing- goal is to win every major race in Canada

Patrick was honoured native Barbados for his 2003 Triple Crown victory, highlighted by 'Patrick Husbands Day' at the Garrison Savannah racetrack on January 3, 2004. The day featured a jockey's challenge, a trio of races that involved several Woodbine-based riders. The Barbados government awarded Husbands the Barbados Service Star (BSS) in the country's Independence Day honours' list- took part in the second annual Barbados Jockey's Challenge on New Year's Day, 2005, helping the home side defeat Team England 76-65 in the three-race event.