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Husbands' Suspension Overturned

Published: April 21, 2009 1:13 pm ET

Last Comment: April 21, 2009 6:27 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

In December 2008, the Ontario Racing Commission suspended jockey Simon Husbands for one year due to "an unsatisfactory ride" at Woodbine Racetrack. The ORC today announced that Husbands' appeal of the suspension has been accepted. The suspension has now been officially "quashed."

The ORC's initial ruling, which led to the suspension, stated, “Mr. Husbands did not persevere with his mount throughout the race or demonstrate an effort to ensure the best and fastest race of which his mount was capable."

Husbands' suspension was to have run from December 8, 2008 through December 7, 2009.

To read an official copy of the ORC ruling, click here.

(With files from the ORC)

April 21, 2009 - 6:27 pmWith regards to Husbands's

With regards to Husbands's suspension. I have owned trained and driven harness horses but have no experience with thoroughbreds. I did review the tape of the race several times, that Husbands was suspended for. He was 3rd longest in the betting pool yet saved all the ground by coming up the rail to finnish second. If I had bet him I would be estactic with the result and his effort. So why was he suspeneded. I can't prove it(because the Ontario Racing Commission is like a star chamber), but I have it on good information that "complaints were made from a couple of 2 dollar bettors that Husbands did not try because his brother rode the winner". Perhaps Husbands is not politically correct and is not a ORC sycophant, I don't know, but if you suspend him for that race I could send you tapes of 100's of races you would have to suspend others. It is beyond revolting,and not only was it right to reinstate him, but apologee's and compensation are deserved in his case. Oh by the way I would not know him or his brother if I fell over them!!

April 21, 2009 - 3:56 pmDefinitely an interesting

Definitely an interesting read.
Glad to hear the jockey Simon Husbands did indeed suceed in his appeal for his livelihood.
I find it very interesting that when a jockey does not use a whip he gets a suspension when whipping seems to be the norm for the industry that is reviewing it's whipping rules. As a fan, I did not see the race but I would not have thought any different if he did or did not use the whip. I watch both types of racing and enjoy them for what they are a battle between a number of horses & drivers/jockeys trying to prove who is best on that day.

Marie Stoyles-Moura

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