Ace Barbadian reinsman Patrick Husbands narrowly missed out on another stakes win, but compatriots Juan Crawford and Jason Hoyte landed wins on Saturday’s 11-race card at Woodbine.
Husbands, a multiple Woodbine champion jockey, had to settle for the runner-up spot aboard Dejas Too in the day’s feature race, the CAN $100,000 South Ocean Stakes for two-year-old fillies, going 1,300 metres on the Polytrack.
Jilli Marie, a 5-1 chance, clinched her stakes debut and remained unbeaten under jockey Steve Bahen.
Jilli Marie stalked along the inside in third in the sprint, as Silent Guroo shook loose up front with Meet the Soprano taking up the chase in second.
Jilli Marie split the leaders early in the stretch before drawing clear for a 1 1/2-length win in a time of one minute, 16.57 seconds.
Husbands settled Dejas Too in fifth behind the leaders before tipping her out three wide turning for home and lugged in on her wrong lead in upper stretch.
But Husbands switched to her proper lead by the eighth pole, driving by outside to get the place spot in the final stages.
Husbands also played second fiddle to Crawford in the CAN $29,800 second race of the day, which was contested over 1,300m on the Polytrack.
Crawford brought back 25-1 outsider Leon Azul from the trip in 1 min, 17.97 secs to win three quarters-of-a-length clear from Big Mamba, under Husbands.
Leon Azul broke outward and bumped Romatic Gizmo, ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, stalked the pace and was pinched back early in the turn.
Crawford put the five-year-old, dark bay mare to chase the leaders into the stretch, rallied along the rail and gained command in the final furlong, holding the animal to the task under a drive.
Hoyte won aboard 21-1 outsider Penetanguishene in the CAN $29,300 fourth race over 1,400m on the Polytrack.
Hoyte moved up four-year-old, bay filly to a short early lead, set a pressured pace, shook clear in the upper stretch and held under a drive to win by a neck in a time of 1 min, 24.12.