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1-Year Ban On Canada Jockey Husbands Overturned

Wednesday, 29th April 2009

In Canada, high-profile jockey Simon Husbands "successfully won his appeal to overturn a 1-year suspension handed down by Ontario Racing Commission stewards for his ride aboard Bug's Boy in a race in November at Woodbine," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Husbands (whose mount Bug's Boy finished 2nd by 0.75-length behind Come On Love, ridden by his brother Patrick Husbands) commented: "Everything is okay with me now; no more stress. I didn't do nothing wrong. I just rode an ordinary race." Trainer John LeBlanc (whose wife & son own Bug's Boy) testified he was "tickled pink with Simon's ride" & the subsequent appeal judgement in the headline-hogging case noted: "The evidence of trainer Leblanc is decisive. That evidence is clear, cogent & powerful to the extent of compelling, that the instructions given by LeBlanc & followed by Husbands were intended to & did in fact demonstrate the best & fastest race of which his mount was capable. There is no direct evidence of an intent by Husbands to finish 2nd. Collateral evidence such as collusion, conspiracy, wagering anomaly, race fixing or the like is totally absent. The inference that Simon allowed Patrick to win is raw speculation, unsupported by the evidence."

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