It doesn’t hurt when a saint bets on you to win.
So when Pierre Dubé, lead singer of the band Saint-Pierre, put money down on Patrick Husbands’ two-year-old chestnut Blueblood to win in the first race of today’s Woodbine race card, there seemed to be a bit of divine intervention involved.
But being the favorite didn’t hurt either.
Dubé and bandmates were at Woodbine Friday enjoying the thoroughbred racing while a film crew followed them around making a documentary on the Vancouver-based French-Canadian musicians.
Dubé’s pick-to-win even stopped for a photo with him post-race, below.
It’s not known how Dubé betted on the remaining seven races on the day, but it doesn’t require help from a saint to realize jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva is going to be a huge part of the winning jockeys on any particular raceday.
In fact, Da Silva rode winners in half of the races on the day, coming across first four times, below aboard Midnight Strider in the second race…
…aboard Skippy Is Back, below, in the third…
…and Sombrero de Copa in the sixth and First To Go in the last race of the day.
It’s no surprise then to see the 41-year-old Brazil-born jockey with a smile on his face at the track.
Also making it to the winner’s circle was Omar Moreno, below, who rode Tale of Ronin to victory in the fourth race.
Devon Johnson, below, had a number of mounts today at the track.
And veteran American jockey Mario G. Pino, below, took to the big Toronto track today as well.
Jermaine Bridgmohan adjusts his goggles aboard Yallhaveaniceday in the first race.
And making their way through the winner’s circle at the apron of the turf track, this group of goslings and their mother managed to cross the three racing surfaces to enjoy paddling in the infield water ponds prior to the start of race one.