Wow, what a weekend of horse racing, from the B Cup series, a Community Circuit Reunion banquet, to the best in Quarter horse racing!
Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb calls this weekend the Breeders Cup equivalent for the Community Tracks of Alberta.
Live racing begins Friday with seven races, with Post Time set for 6 p.m. Four of the races have a full field of eight, and two have seven horses.
“We are holding the B Cup Championships Saturday for horses that have run at least twice on our RMTC track,” says Gibb. “We’ll have six B Cup races, all with a $10,500 added purse.
“There’ll be a B Cup race for three year old fillies, covering six furlongs. Most race fans love the mile and sixteenth races and the B Cup three year olds and upward Classic will cover that distance. There’s a B Cup Sprint for Fillies and Mares as well as a B Cup Sprint.
“There’s also a B Cup for three year olds and a B Cup Stake for Fillies and Mares covering seven furlongs. “Capping off our super weekend Sunday we have three Quarter horse sprints. The Canada Quarter Horse Futurity Consolation will cover 400 yards and kicks off the Sunday card. As well, the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Derby, over 400 yards, with a $30,695 purse is all set.’
The horses running in the Derby, with the horse, the time, the trainer and the rider follow: 1. Tequilla Tuesday, 20:264, Janice Sather, Philip Clunis; 2. Goodest, 20:062, William Leech, Ricardo Moreno; 3. KG Guy, 20.292, Kurt Calton, Tyler Walker; 4. SLS Vedette, 20:405, Kurt Calton, A. Gonzalez; 5. Cruisinfourabruisin, 19:870, Janice Sather, Ramiro Castillo; 6. Go Wave Up North, 20:459, William Leech, Larris Allen; 7. Raging Wave, Kurt Calton, Trevor Simpson; 8. Pros Rockstar, 20:204, Laurie Ferguson, Neville Stephenson.
”The greatest of the Quarter Horse races is our 400-yard Futurity, our ninth race on the card, with a purse over $80,361 and it rounds out the big Quarter horse day.”
The horses in the Futurity, with their post, times, trainers and riders are: 1. Separate Jess, 20:364, Kurt Calton, Larris Allen; 2. Enjoy The Corona, 20:306, Janice Sather, Philip Clunis; 3. First Prize Sass, 20:184, Les Adams, Tyler Walker; 4. Perpetual SLS, 20:324, Kurt Calton, Trevor Simpson; 5. Living Is Sweet, 20:151, Bucky Stockwell, Ramiro Castillo; 6. Flybye 109, 19:087, Buckey Stockwell, Scott Sterr; 7. Toughie, 19:818, William Leech, Ricardo Moreno; 8. Sheaintawhiskylulaby, 20:274, William Leech, Neville Stephenson.
“Both these races promise to be the highlight of our outstanding Quarter Horse season and the B Cup races, as I’ve always said, are the Breeders Cup races for the Community tracks.”
This Sunday is a big day for those with long memories.
"We expect about 250 people to be part of be the scene for our Community Circuit Reunion, with a banquet and dance in The Rocky Mountain Turf Club's 3rd floor dining room.
“We’ll also have a Rocking Chair Race. We expect riders like Scott Sterr, Peter McAleney, Terry Roncin, Andy Scarlett, Tim Smith and others to be involved in the race," says Jody Nakamura, one of the organizers. “We'll use older horses in the race and the purse of $6,100 is put up, half by ACTRA and half by the RMTC. The horse’s post positions and their riders will be drawn for in the regular fashion, seeing that everything is fair."
The winner will receive an actual rocking chair.
She says moneys made from the race and other events will go to charity.
There'll be a roast beef supper, a dance, door prizes, and a few live auction items. Cocktails are set for 5p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., with dancing and other events to follow.
Trainer Lyle Magnuson had a great run during the Alberta Bred series and now leads the pack with 11 victories. Next in line are Pete Dubois and William Leech with five wins apiece.
Trevor Simpson has hit double figures, with 15 wins atop the jockey standings. Larris Allen has 10 wins and Ramiro Sanchez Castillo rounds out the top three with eight victories.
The RMTC Dixieland Jazz Band will be playing during the 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 slots, beverages and meals as well as the huge buyer’s market each day under the grandstand.