You can have a good Spring, like William Leech with five wins, or you can have a GREAT Spring like Buckey Stockwell. Buckey has five wins, but one of those was the AQHA Maiden Challenge. Buckey saw See Me Do It Too come through under pressure to earn an Alberta Quarter Horse Association blanket, crystal trophy and $10,440 American out of the $21,762 purse, as the filly won the AQHA Maiden Challenge. See Me Do It Too is owned by Buckey and Beverly Stockwell and the champion horse is by Favorite Cartel out of Elly Mae by Fishers Dash and was bred in Oklahoma.
The filly paid 13.40, 5.40 and 5.20 and a $2 Triactor (6-7-1) with the winner, Concealed Attraction and Ima Runnin First paid a whopping $758. I just hope this luck carries on,” Buckey said with a laugh. “It was a very nice win for See Me. I thought we had a chance, she was coming along really nice recently.” Buckey runs 14 horses out of his barn, all Quarter horses.
“I got into Quarter horses when I cowboyed some, and there’s a better resale on them,” he says. “I was into Cutting horses and I rode with the best of the lot, Bill Collins.”
Buckey got his training license in Alberta in 1978 and then he began travelling. He moved into B.C. in 1980 and in 2005 headed for New Mexico, where he met and married a girl from Cochrane (Beverley). After seven years in New Mexico he returned to Alberta and the RMTC.
The couple has an 80 acre ranch at Camrose with s standing stud and some brood mares. Beverley has been looking after the barns here at times and I go back home. She was here Saturday. We’ve had a very good year to date, and it would be nice to see it continue.” Saturday’s sixth race saw Lyle Magnuson finally get a winner out the Rocky Mountain Turf Club Stable’s He’s Italian, ridden home by Jose O. Rocha.
“He’s been to the gate 10 times before this and this is his first win,” said Max Gibb, CEO of the RMTC. “He’s been third and second before, but this is the first time he’s crossed the wire ahead of the rest.” The field included a former RMTC Horse of the Year, Careless Hunter. He’s Italian is by City Zip out of She’s Italian by Hail the Ruckus and was bred in Alberta by Gibb.
Sunday Rocky Mountain Turf Club Stable had another win as Larris Allen guided the Lyle Magnuson-trained The Little Gene home on top in the sixth race. In the same race, RMTC Stable’s Tithing, also trained by Magnuson, placed second, so they bunched the two horses in the same picture.
The great old campaigner, and former RMTC Horse of the Year, Dubla Gold, trained by Pete Dubois, surprised everyone and took the eighth race. Laurina Bugeaud won her first of the Spring aboard the nine-year-old, who hadn’t won in its last four starts. It paid 17.20, 5.80 and 2.80 and a $2 Exactor with Another Gear paid $182.30.
In Sunday’s seventh race octogenarian Stan Marks won his fifth race this Spring as Excess Baggage took the seventh race with Martin Ortiz aboard, over a distance of five and a half furlongs.
Veteran jockey Scott Sterr won his first race of the Spring aboard the Jill West-trained Total Package to pay 26.60, 9.70 and 4.00. Combined with Vernon Cat (1-7) the Exactor paid $428.60
BEHIND THE STARTING GATE... Long-time RMTC horsewoman Shirley Clark has retired as Parade Marshall and taking her place is a former RMTC leading jockey Terry Landaker... Anyone who has been around a race track for any length of time knows some horse have mighty peculiar names... But topping the list has to be Jacqueline Smith’s five-year-old gelding Ginwillmakeusin… There was a descent crowd Saturday and the weather was hot, with an occasional cold wind biting right through you... Horse racing lost a good owner/trainer and race fan this past Friday with the passing of Al Pard of the Pikanii Nation... Al was a basketball star with the early LCC Kodiaks and later in a life council member at Brocket … Sunday’s weather was much like Saturday, with sunshine and wind... Sunday, Elije Bourne, Bessie Bourne and trainer Leonard Bourne watched Driftin Smoke win the fifth race, a five and a half furlong affair... After seven of days of racing Jose Rocha leads the riders with a dozen wins just ahead of Blandford Stewart and Freddy Fuentes with 10 each... Laurie Ferguson leads the trainers with six wins while William Leech, Stan Marks and Buckey Stockwell all have five victories... Next racing at the RMTC is the Friday, Saturday and Sunday with post time 6 and 1:15 p.m. respectively.