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Raymond Business Mens Derby - RMTC History

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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In searching for Raymond Businessmen's Derby winners a number of facts popped up.

First, the Raymond Stampede wasn't always held on July 1, and secondly, depending on who the editor and writers were, very little attention was paid to horse racing on the holiday weekend by the Raymond paper. Often just the names of the owners were listed, leaving out the horse and rider.

The Raymond Derby has always had a good representation of trainers, owners and riders from the Kainai Reserve, with many of the Bloods coming through on top.

The Raymond Museum's Archives has some of the past Raymond papers, but not all, and the ones to be found can give elaborate coverage of the Businessmen's Derby, or none at all.

Some mention half mile races and no others. Using the scattered information found, this is the best list I could compile of Raymond Derby or other feature race winners: (Certainly, if you have additional information contact me):

  • 1920 - Mile free-for-all won by Charlie Kinsey mare Lilly Ferguson; 2 Meeks' Leo Dexter; 3. Brook's Juniper. In the two-year-old mile Tommy Overton, owned by Murphy won, with the Woolf family's Major second.
  • 1921 - Charlie C., a Wetaskiwin horse; 2. Joe Peters, Browning; 3. Cradleboar, Meeks Brothers (though there was some thought Meeks' James T. Clark won this year)
  • 1922 - 5/8 mile won by Meeks brothers' Cradle Bow, C. Leavitt aboard, just inches ahead of Jolly Crew, from North Dakota (who had beaten Cradle Bow at Lethbridge) « mile for three year olds: 1. Midnight, owned by the Lunds; 2. Alberta Girl, owned by Hatch.
  • 1923 - the Meeks brothers won their first Derby with their Kentucky-bred horse James T. Clarke, Norman Breeden aboard. (James T. lost in the Lethbridge Derby the same year).
  • 1924-1925 - No results available - though the Meeks boys had a winner in here with Silent Stranger.
  • 1926 - 3/4 Mile - won by Meeks Brothers Silent Messenger; 2. Ucan; 3. Vixen
  • 1927 - Unavailable
  • 1928 - 5/8 mile - 1. Pete Furman, Taber; 2. Marlin Burns, Magrath; 3. Baker Scott, Cardston
  • 1929 - (Raymond Stampede held in Lethbridge) 3/8 mile Race won by Moran; 2. Roach; 3. Maholn Bourne. Bourne won the Boys Open Pony race the same year.
  • 1930 - The half mile was won by Judge Bingham of Magrath, followed by the Meeks brothers
  • 1931 - The Businessmen's Derby was won by Walter Olsen and Elmer Davis, while Mahlon Bourne of Magrath was second, followed by Ernie Hall. The purse back then was $270.
  • 1932 - Half Mile was won by the Meeks brothers, with Baker Scott second and the Meeks brothers third. The second half mile was won by D.H. Bingham, with the Meeks brothers second and third. Tom Three Persons won the Indian relay.
  • 1933 - Mile, won by Silent Sir, Meeks Brothers, jockey Lee Paulson
  • 1934 - Half Mile, with Meeks brothers and D.H. Bingham each winning one of the two races.
  • 1935 - Horse race winners (though the races weren't named)  were Judge Bingham of Magrath, Furman, Meeks, Ray Knight of the Knight Ranch, and  Art Healy of the Blood Reserve.
  • 1936 - Silent Elton, owned by Raymond Basco, with jockey Denny Anderson aboard, took the Derby.
  • 1937 - Silent Messenger, James Meeks owner, jockey Grant Hall
  • 1938 - Silent Messenger, James Meeks owner, jockey Grant Hall
  • 1939 - 2-year-olds - 1. Minnie Warren owned by Judge David Holladay Bingham, 2. Jensen, 3. Tom Three Persons. Half mile Indian race - 1. Tom Three Persons, 2. First Rider
  • 1940 - 1. Minnie Warren owned by Judge David Holladay Bingham; Meeks, Heggie, Heninger and Jensen all had horses in the race.
  • 1941 - Half Mile - 1. Rulon Leavitt, 2. Charlie Powell, 3. Meeks. Second heat - 1. Rulon Leavitt, 2. Meeks, 3. Tom Three Persons
  • 1942 - Two-year-old race - 1. Clark Lund, 2. Bert Hall, 3. Henry Jensen
  • 1943 - Dominion Day Derby - 1. Walter Olsen, 2. Elmer Davis, 3. Mahlon Bourne, 4. Ernie Hall.
  • Chuckwagon race - 1. George First Rider, 2. Joe Youngpine, 3. Tom Three Persons
  • 1944 - Dominion Day Derby; 1.  H. Leau and Brown, 2. Tom Three Persons, 3. Jack  Higgens
  • 1945 - Businessmen's Derby, 1 1/8 miles - 1. Henry Jensen, Raymond, with Major; 2, Eddie Davis,  Cardston; 3. Mahlon Bourne, Magrath, 4. Ted Meeks, Raymond.
  • 1946 - The Derby was won by a horse named Froesire and launched Dooley and Art Robinson into the racing business. In a separate race Tom Three Persons Jr. was thrown off his horse into the fence and broke his leg.
  • 1947 - Nevada Current, owned by Len Mehew, trained by Smokey Harker, jockey: Monte Dahl
  • 1948 - Nevada Current, owned by Len Mehew, trained by Smokey Harker, jockey: Monte Dahl
  • 1949 - Mile and a Half - 1. Tom Three Persons, 2. Len Mehew, 3. Rulon Leavitt
  • 1950 - Derby: 1. Tom Three Persons; 2 Rulon Leavitt; 2. Emil Small Face. Three Persons also won the « mile open, ahead of Mel Depew and Henry Jensen
  • 1951 - Businessman's Derby - 1. Barbed Arrow, owned by Henry and Art Calling Last from Blood Reserve,  ridden by Morris Heggie
  • 1952 - Businessmen's Derby - Tinda Maine, owned by"Smokey" Harker, ridden by Morris Heggie
  • 1953 - Bold Onslaught, owners Ted   Meeks, Necia Holt, Viola Meeks; trainer Gerald "Smokey" Harker; jockey D. Griffiths
  • 1954 - Snowbank, owner Mel Depew,  jockey Ricky Jensen
  • 1955 - Snowbank, owner Mel Depew,  jockey Ricky Jensen
  • 1956 - Snowbank, owner Mel Depew,  jockey Ricky Jensen
  • 1957 - Snowbank, owner Mel Depew, jockey Morris Heggie - won Meeks Memorial Trophy for the victory.
  • 1958 - Snowbank, owner Mel Depew,  jockey 11-year-old Warren Depew
  • 1959 - Mahlon Bourne, Magrath won it all with Silent Marquis, Max Bourne, jockey
  • 1960 - Sweep Up, owned and trained by Rufus  Goodstriker of the Blood Reserve was the big winner, with  Herman Eagle Plume of Standoff the rider
  • 1961 - Joker, owned by Brent and Lloyd Jensen; Dick Aneca aboard. Roy Smith first raced Joker with a stock saddle.
  • 1962 - Joker, owned by Jensen brothers
  • 1963 - Joker, owned by Jensen brothers
  • 1964 - Major, from the Art and Henry Jensen Stables, trainer was Brent Jensen
  • 1965 - Major, from the Art and Henry Jensen Stables, trainer was Brent Jensen
  • 1966 - Silent Double, owner Ted Meeks, trainer J. Marsh, Smokey Harker, jockey J. Braddish, Calgary. Alberta Duster took home double honours. Owned by Mrs. Pat Carpenter of Lethbridge, it won the 3/8 and 5/8 mile runs.
  • 1967 - Major from the Art and Henry Jensen Stables, trainer was Brent Jensen
  • 1968 - Canfield, owner-trainer Elijah Bourne, Elijah Bourne was the jockey
  • 1969 - Canfield, owner-trainer Maholn Bourne of Magrath Racing Stable, Elijah Bourne the jockey
  • 1970 - Canfield, owner-trainer Maholn Bourne, Elijah Bourne the jockey
  • 1971 - Canfield, owner-trainer Maholn Bourne, Bill Witbeck the jockey
  • 1972 - Canfield, owner-trainer Maholn Bourne, Herman Eagle Plume the jockey
  • 1973 - Color Me Gray, owned by Lee Haynes
  • 1974 - Compellings Last, owned by Chuck Watson
  • 1975 - Businessmen's Derby, 1. Glen Holman, 2. Rufus Goodstriker, 3. Maholn Bourne
  • 1976 - Shelby Joe, owner: Ken Buxton, rider Elije Bourne
  • 1977 - Just Affair, owner: Dooley Robinson
  • 1978 - Whistling Fred, owned by Rufus    Goodstriker, Alfred Blood the jockey; 2nd. Maholn Bourne with Lucky Dan
  • 1979 - Bar Azure, owned by Ken Tailfeathers, trained by Ira Tailfeathers and ridden by Elijah Bourne.
  • 1980 - Sai Kilday, ridden by Don Pacheco; 2. Just Affair, ridden by Jim Ralph; 3. Cutie Rosebud, ridden by Randy Hicken. Allan Heggie won the Bob Heggie Memorial chariot racing.
  • 1981 - Charlie's First, owned by D. Rumsey, ridden by Elije Bourne
  • 1982 - All races cancelled due to rain
  • 1983 - No information found
  • 1984 - Sunset Dancer; owner-rainer Ray Adams, jockey Scott Dahl
  • 1985 - The purse for the Businessmen's Derby was $500, and $300 for the 5/8 mile - but no winners found.
  • 1986 - Derby, 7 Furlongs, Won by Elgee's Turk; owner and trainer, Doug Bassett; jockey Kevin Dudley
  • 1987 - Mile and 16th; Hot Hot Hot; owner: Morgan Henniger, trainer Doug Bassett; jockey Barry Hope
  • 1988 - Mile and a 16th; Won by Tuxedo Charlie; owners John Mehew, Doug Bassett; trainer Doug Bassett; jockey Doug Jones
  • 1989 - Mile 1/16, Won by  Tuxedo Charlie; owners John Mehew,  Doug Bassett; trainer Doug Bassett; jockey Randy Cunningham.
  • 1990 - Businessman's Derby; Splendorise; owner Dick Aldoff; trainer Dick Aldoff; jockey Don Pacheco
  • 1991 - Businessmen's Derby: Winner Splendorise, owner/trainer Dick Aldoff, jockey Don Pacheco
  • 1992 - Won by Splendorise, owner/trainer Dick Aldoff,  jockey Don Pacheco (Most believe the Businessmen's Derby wrapped up in 1992.)

 

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