Husbands in running for Sovereign Award
Barbadian riding ace Patrick Husbands is once again up for Canada's top jockey's honour, the Sovereign Award.
The 43-year-old has been nominated along with Eurico Rosa da Silva, Luis Contreras and Rafael Hernandez, ahead of the annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled for April 13.
Husbands finished the 2016 season last December third in the jockeys standing with 101 wins and winnings of CDN$6.3 million. He also carded 15 stakes wins.
However, the campaign was dominated by da Silva, who logged 202 wins to take the jockey's title, 62 clear of three-time former champion Contreras.
Da Silva is the odds-in favourite to take the title.
The veteran Husbands has already won a record eight Sovereign Awards for top jockey - the last coming in 2015 after he captured his seventh riding title during the 2014 campaign.
His previous Sovereign successes came in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2009.