04/13/2007 12:00AM

Penalty cut for Husbands


Jockey Patrick Husbands has had his punishment for a jockeys’ room altercation reduced by the Ontario Racing Commission to a $2,500 fine and a five-day suspension that will be stayed pending completion of a one-year probationary period.

Husbands had been suspended for 60 days and fined $5,000 by Woodbine stewards last fall following his confrontation with jockey Constant Montpellier on Nov. 11. The stewards ruled that Husbands had used his riding helmet as a “weapon” in the incident.

Brent Stone, the commission’s supervisor of Thoroughbred racing, confirmed the terms of the penalty Friday, but the reasons for the decision will not be available until the release of a written ruling this week.

Montpellier was fined $5,000 and suspended 150 days by the stewards, who ruled that he had attempted to retaliate against Husbands while the field was galloping out after the the fourth race on Nov. 11.

Montpellier’s appeal is to be heard by the racing commission beginning Monday.