12/15/2013 7:58PM

Woodbine: Contreras, Casse finish atop standings

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario—Luis Contreras won his third consecutive riding title when the 133-day Woodbine meet wrapped up on Sunday. His win total of 168 was 25 more than runner-up Eurico Da Silva, who had 220 fewer mounts. Neither of them rode on the final three days of the meet.

Da Silva won the money title by about $5,000 over Contreras. Da Silva’s mounts earned $8,427,148, and he also had a meet-leading 27 stakes victories.

Emma-Jayne Wilson won four races to lead all jockeys on the 13-race closing day card. She ranked sixth in the standings with 83 wins, behind Jesse Campbell (91), Patrick Husbands (89), and Justin Stein (89).

Mark Casse notched his seventh straight training title and eighth overall, winning 85 races, after notching 94 wins in 2012. Casse recorded a record 119 wins in 2011. Casse also led in the earnings category, with $5,447,130 compared with $6,864,988 in 2012.

Bear Stable won the most races among all owners, 33. John Oxley led all owners in money won with slightly more than $2.2 million.

Phil’s Dream led all horses in number of wins with seven, from 10 starts.

EddySealy More than 1 year ago
I don't think contreras should be champion jock at all...Da silva won more money, won more stakes while riding a few stakes races, won at a higher percentage rate 22%compare to contreras 19%, in the money 53% compare to contreras 49%...he also won the G1 Darley Alcibiades..all while riding in over 220 races less than contreras...he has beaten contreras on every category except for mounts.
EddySealy More than 1 year ago
Patrick is the man
John Murray More than 1 year ago
I loved the Woodbine racing product this year. Good professional advisers, especially Dawn Lupul and the consomate leader of all NA racing hosts Mr. Jim Bannon. Personally, Patrick Husbands is my model rider, among a very good crop including Da Silva and Contreras. It is a tough track to break even handicapping much less profit by continually making money. Partnership with Progressive Handicapping's Jim Mazur is a positive, unique to NA racing. Thank god for the safety aspect to thoroughbreds and reliability of Poly and the best turf course on the continent. Other tracks are easier to crack but Woodbine offers a true professional product. I just wish the Ontario breds with their good purses were performing at more uniformly higher beyer levels, however this problem exists all across Canada. I suspect that the much needed improvement of the broodmare population has a lot to do with the glacial progress of the majority of Can-breds Thanks to all who contribute to the Woodbine product.