The 2015 live horse racing season draws to a close as we enter the second weekend of October, with racing this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Monday.
The popular Friday night card, with six races, gets underway at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, all with eight races a day, with post time at 1:15 p.m. all three days, the spotlight falls on some key races.
“We’ve had a wonderful year of horse racing here at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club and this weekend will cap things off in fine fashion,” says RMTC CEO Max Gibb.
“Saturday, the Cup Classic, with a $15,100 purse, is an Alberta Aged Series sprint for three year olds and upwards, and is set for a distance four hundred yards. Also Saturday will be the annual Rufus Goodstriker Memorial, remembering one of Whoop-Up Downs great horsemen, with a purse of $6,400 over a distance of seven furlongs.
“As well Saturday we have a race near and dear to me to kick off our Saturday’s card, a special celebration day of Paint Racing with the pageantry and colour of First Nations people. This is a 400 yard sprint with a purse of $10,500. It is the Canadian Paint Championship for three year olds and up, a Stakes Graded sprint. It will be a special celebration of a day of racing the colourful Paint horses.
“Also Saturday we have a six furlong run, the Bully’s Futurity, with a $12,400 purse.”
There’ll two more key races Saturday. There’ll be the Fillies Oakes for three year olds, over a distance of six furlongs with a purse of $12,250, and the Farewell Stakes, for three year olds and upwards, covering seven furlongs with a purse of $12,250.”
Also Saturday will be the Ivan Clark Memorial, covering six furlongs, in memory of a great jockey with the RMTC.
Sunday the RMTC features the Amtote Open Derby, sponsored by Amtote, with a $14,900 added purse for three year olds covering a mile and a sixteenth. The long Amtote race includes
Scarpitta, Why Not Live, Xtreme Kisses, Always A Miracle, and Endless Courage.
As well there’s the seven furlong Dating Game for Fillies and Mares three years old and upwards, with a $12,700 purse.
“Sunday also includes two featured Quarter Horse races, the $11,425, 400 yard Horseman’s Open Division 1 race and the 400 yard Horseman’s Open Division 2 race, with an $8,925 purse,” Gibb stated. “The Division 2 race includes the likes of Bye Bye Charlie, KG Guy, Jess Card and Pros Rockstar.
“We also have a selection of Memorial Races, the Tom and Arlene Baldrey Memorial covering five furlongs; the Peggy Cummins Memorial, also five furlongs; the five and a half furlong Wanda Halerewich Memorial; and the mile and sixteenth Edmund Wolfchild Memorial with a $&,100 purse.”
This long distance race includes horses like Boy Jack, Stopped Short, Pacific Tsunami, and Blazing Temper.
Monday includes the $12,250, five and a half furlong Thanksgiving Day Sprint and the final race of the Fall Meet, the seven furlong “Keep O, Keepin’ On” Memorial Feature.
The final four days will also see the crowning of the top trainer and leading rider for the Fall Meet.
Right now Lyle Magnuson has a lock on another top-trainer award with 20 thus far during the Fall Meet. William Leech and Pete Dubois have nine wins each. In the race for top rider Trevor Simpson leads with 26 wins to date and Larris Allen is next with 22 with Ramiro Sanchez Castillo has 14 wins.