We are leaving the Spring race meet behind - and a great memory it was - and heading full bore into the Rocky Mountain Turf Club's Fall Race Meet this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday - post time is 1:15 p.m. each day.
What a Spring it was, with Careless Hunter ruling - almost - at the RMTC; the opening of the new Calgary race track; and American Pharaoh coming through with the Triple Crown. Now the Breeders Cup looms for the best horses you can find in the racing world.
And on the RMTC scene, the best are ready to run.
"This Fall we have a series of Thoroughbred Allowance and Stake races plus the greatest Quarter Horse races in the nation, the Canada Cup Derby and then the exciting Canada Cup Futurity right here at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club," says Max Gibb, the CEO of the RMTC.
"Give us the weather we had this Spring, and we can't have anything but a super Fall Meet here at the RMTC. I know Jim Ralph, our racing secretary, and our RMTC Race Manger Dot Stein will come up with races equal to and likely more exciting than we had in the Spring.
"As well, in Bullys, and under the grandstand for the race goers, Bullys manager Rose Rossi has another great lineup of wagering opportunities, food and beverages. The kids love Rose, her petting zoo, playground and candy toss, and everyone loves our Dixieland jazz band and facilities for our wagering public.
"We'll see our leading jockey of the Spring, Larris Allen, back along with more than a dozen top jockeys including runner-up Trevor Sampson, Ramiro Sanchez Gonzales and Jose Roca. As well Lyle Magnuson, the top trainer at the Spring meet will return and hopefully we can see the rivalry between Lyle and Riley Rycroft continue. On the Quarter Horse side we'll have William Leech and Laurie Ferguson among the leaders." There'll be 21 races opening weekend with five of those being 400-yard Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity Trials on Monday beginning at 1:15 p.m. The best two-year-old Quarter Horses at Whoop-Up Downs will be vying for one of the eight spots in the high-paying Futurity Finals.
As well there'll be an $8,060 added Paint Derby Handicap with Paints like Splashy, Bound Up and Weaselhead among the field of six.
The weekend winds up with a Starter Allowance 1st Leg with a seven horse field.
"Opening Saturday we have seven races, the first five are six furlong sprints, with a three furlong race and the final race of the day is a seven furlong run," says Gibb. "You'll see horse like Pete Dubois Majestic Lass, Mike Braun's Pipestone Flyer, Stan Marks has his Soul De Naskra entered and Robert Gwilliam has Again And Gone, to round out a top field.
"Sunday we start with a exciting 300-yard, two-year-old maiden race, following with three five and a half furlong runs, a pair of six furlong races and a five furlong to wrap up the day.
Throughout the day you'll see horses like Jim Depew's Pure Vertical, Hawker's Gate from Ken Williams Jr., Year Of The Ma from Norm Cuthbertson, Nellie Pigeau's Always A Miracle, Endless Courage from Pete Dubois, and Cantchaco from last Spring's top trainer Lyle Magnuson with last Spring's top rider, Larris Allen, aboard.
"I promises to be an exciting weekend and I'm looking forward to the Futurity Trials." The RMTC Dixieland Jazz Band will be playing during the opening weekend and the kiddies attractions will all be there, including the petting zoo and candy toss. And don't forget Bullys, with its Vegas-style slot, beverages and meals.
The Fall meet wraps up October 9 through 12 with a big four day race progran.