We head into June at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club with the first sessions of Friday racing, with post time of 6 p.m. for the under-the-lights race cards.
Each weekend in June has three race cards, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the latter two with 1:15 p.m. post times.
Longtime supporters of the RMTC will notice 86-year-old trainer Stan Marks with five wins. The reality is Stan is the only Thoroughbred trainer at the head of the list; the remainder are all Quarter horse people.
Laurie Ferguson has six victories, William Leech and Buckey Stockwell sit with five apiece and Lyle Magnuson has four with veteran Nellie Pigeau sitting with three.
The jockey’s list is a new-look for the RMTC with Jose O. Rocha at the head of the pack with a dozen win and another new face Freddy Fuentes at 10, along with a familiar face Blandford Stewart.
This Friday’s card has six races, two of them, the first and third races, Quarter horse sprints of 220 and 350 yards respectively.
The opening race, 250 yards, features two horses from Janice Sather – Bring It Like Benny and Why Not Rachel - Buckey Stockwell’s Cowboy; Yahma Chop from William Leech; and Allen Goodsell rounds out the field with Eye On Desirio.
The final race Friday features Hey Italian Lady, trained by Lyle Magnuson, as well as Nellie Pigeau’s Needlestick, Jim Depew’s Shandy and three other top Thoroughbreds, over a five furlong distance.
Saturday and Sunday feature seven races each day.
The big race of the weekend is Sunday’s Spring Overnite Sprint, covering five and a half furlongs with a $9,000 added purse.
“I’m looking forward to this one,” says RMTC CEO Max Gibb, “The veteran Dubla Gold, who has already won this year, is in this field as is Careless Hunter, both are former RMTC horses of the year. General Day is part of this six-horse field as well.
“Actually any of the aforementioned could win, as well as any of the other three, Tale Spinner, Brudda Clyde or Takin A Dip.
“Lyle Magnuson trains General Day, Pete Dubois has Dubla Gold and Jim Depew had Careless Hunter.”
Saturday’s card has the first seven furlong runs of the season, in the fourth and fifth race. Sunday’s seventh is a seven furlong outing with a full field of eight.
Each day has a 350-yard Quarter horse sprint on the card and Buckey Stockwell has an entry in both races, as does Janice Sather.
Closing out Sunday’s card you’ll find some top runners like Pipestone Flyer, Blandford Stewart aboard; Hawksbury Ridge ridden by Jose Rocha; and Redboard with Larris Allan in the irons.