As the late Yogi Berra used to say, “it was déjà vu all over again.”
The combination of jockey Larris Allen, trainer Lyle Magnuson and the Rocky Mountain Turf Club Stables dominated the recent Alberta Bred series and Saturday they dominated the B Cup series, winning four of the six races. And those four came back to back to back to back.
The B Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint, covering five and a half furlongs, required a photo but in the end it was Larris.
With the Pope visiting the United States it was only fitting Larris won aboard Tithing, trained by Magnuson for RMTC Stables.
“To be honest I didn’t know if I had it,” said Larris. “I was six or seven lengths off the lead, but at the quarter pole we had a jump and we were away. We never gave up.”
Larris, the RMTC Stables and Magnuson made it two in a row with the six furlongs B Cup for 3 Year Old Fillies. This time there was no need for a photo, as She’s It Again crossed the line ahead of the pack.
“I was just race riding and he won easily,” said the jockey, who wanted to make it two straight. “My horse was much the best in there. I just had to sit steady on him.
In the B Cup for 3 Year Olds Magnuson, Allen, and the RMTC Stable with the Type One To Type None Stable made it three straight, this time with Why Not Live.
Larris had said he wanted to make it three in a row, and in doing so the winning combination of jockey, trainer and owners took control of the B Cup Series.
“It was the same thing again, just sitting steady. Really there was no competition. It was so easy on the backstretch, I just was waiting to be heading for home.”
Then came number four, as they took the B Cup Sprint, this time with General Day, a horse owned and trained by Lyle.
At the top of the stretch a mess of horses came together and rider Valentino McBean hit the turf hard, but was walking around as he got out of the ambulance near the paddock. The number four horse Keepanosecrets, with Blandford Stewart in the irons was disqualified as a result.
“I know the three horse bumped into me, but I just kept riding my horse to the finish line,” said Larris. ”I know he bumped me on the backend but I kept on riding, right to the finish line.”
The B Cup Sprint field included such great horses as Dubla Gold, Careless Hunter, He’s Italian and, of course, General Day.
Finally in the B Cup Stake for Fillies and Mares some different smiling faces were in the winner’s circle. Aptly named Smile Lee, with Ramiro Sanchez Castillo aboard, owned by Raymond Nikiforuk and trained by Angelle Carter hit the wire ahead of the field.
“Someone had to kick Larris’ butt,” Angelle said with a laugh. “I told Ramiro (her husband) to be patient and he was, more patient than he is with me.
“But really she’s a nice gal, she’s a beautiful horse. We’ll run her one more time at the end of the meet and that will wind up her year.”
Ramiro won the final B Cup of the day, the 3 Year Old and Up Classic, but not for Angelle, this time it was for owner/trainer Darcy Ralph. Ramiro brought Master’s Bluff home first in the mile and sixteenth race.
“My horse was really nice,” he said. “The first time around (past the grandstand) I was only following the number one horse, and the second time, phew! He really goes!”
Friday proved to be the day to bet place or show.
ComancheBound, ridden by Valentino McBean, and trained and owned by Barbara Norlander, paid 14.50 to place and 19.30 to show for its second-place finish . Now how do you top that?
Well, Monteno Lad with Trevor Simpson aboard, and trained by Blaine Edwards, surprised everyone and paid 27.30, 18.60 and 4.60.
In another nice “off wager” Diplomaticapproach paid 10.60 and 16.60 to place and show.
BEHIND THE STARTING GATE . . . Well, Friday was a bonanza for the cautious bettor who only bets place or show . . . Purses for the B Cup series were all in the $11,400 range, a fact that really pleased Angelle Carter . . . The first race of the day, a none Cup race, Califoniascalling took off out of the paddock and ran full out along the back stretch a couple of times . . . Trainer William Leech received a warm handshake for 89-year-old owner Cecil Wiest as their horse, Dailydblnotrouble won the second race . . . the third race featured a dead heat for second and third between Shez Double Quick and Keepin Good Karma . . . Besides their cash winnings the B Cup champions received at trophy of a horse and jockey . . . The long anticipated Quarter Horse Futurity and Derby take place Sunday . . . After Sunday’s card the next racing at the RMTC will be Oct. 2-4.