05/21/2013 3:08PM

Woodbine: Husbands undergoes surgery for broken bones


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Patrick Husbands, who will be turning 40 on Wednesday, remained in a hospital on Tuesday after undergoing surgery the previous evening for broken bones suffered in a spill Monday at Woodbine.

The jockey was injured when his mount, A Tough Buck, collapsed just past the finish line in Monday’s fifth race.

“He’ll be out three to four months,” said jockey agent Gary Kemplen, who represents Husbands. “He fractured his tibia, and broke some other small bones in his leg.”

Husbands, perennially among Woodbine’s top jockeys, is the third-leading rider at the meeting with 18 victories.

In his absence, Kemplen will be booking mounts for Gary Boulanger, who had been represented by Ken Zweig since returning to Woodbine this spring.

Husbands has been a go-to rider for trainer Mark Casse. Boulanger also has been riding for Casse and has four mounts for that trainer on Friday’s program.

Casse said Tuesday that Spring in the Air, who won the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland last fall and the recent Fury Stakes here at Woodbine with Husbands aboard, will be ridden by Joel Rosario in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 9.

Don MacRae, who trains A Tough Buck, said the 4-year-old gelding had suffered from heat prostration and seemed to be “okay” on Tuesday morning.