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RMTC Spring Wrap

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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BY GARRY ALLISON
Rocky Mountain Turf Club
Max Gibb, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Turf Club was more than pleased with the outcome of
the Spring Meet at Whoop-Up Downs in Lethbridge.
"We closed off with a beautiful sunny weekend, ideal for horse racing," said Gibb.

"Through the entire Spring we only lost one Friday night race card, and had to shift the Saturday
card the sameweekend, to Monday night because of the torrential rains which caused so much flooding in
southern Alberta.


"I can only hope the Fall Meet, Aug. 31-Sept.1-2 through Oct. 11-13 will be equally as good. On
the racing side of things we had some highly competitive races and we now look forward to a
number of Thoroughbred Stakes and the big Quarter horse Futurity and Derby in the Fall."
Friday night under perfect conditions at the RMTC Rick Wiest won another race, as did Larris
Allen. Allen booted home Spanish Brown. And can you believe, the $1 pick three, 3-1-5, paid a
whopping $4.50?


Saturday, the weatherman blessed Whoop-Up Downs with hot sun and an impressive race card.
Ivan Clark's Lot A Smoke ran her 101st race and made it a winner in Saturday's sixth race. The
five and a half furlong affair was her 17th win and pushed her earnings past the $136,000 lifetime
mark.
Ivan watched as the dark brown mare, Valentino McBean aboard, passed the century mark in
races run.
"That was good, I was hoping for that," said Ivan who's Churchbridge had finished fourth in an
earlier race. "She (Lot A Smoke) always runs good and I like to see Valentino on her. I'm going
back to Okotoks for the summer and I hope to be back here in Lethbridge this Fall."
Teagan Oulton won the Genny Romney Memorial, covering a mile and sixteenth, astride Rosa
Lee Burbank's Regroup. The winner is by Honour and Glory out of Buttercup's Song by
Unbridled's Song and was bred in Kentucky.
"I sat right up there with the speed and turned it on at the end," said the jockey. "It's nice to win a
memorial in this caliber of race. Yeah, I like the long races. Its easy to recover from a bad start
and then its easier to set yourself in a good position for the race."
Genny Romney is the late wife of Bob Romney and the mother of Ley Bodie, the Alberta
Community Thoroughbred Racing Association's chief statistician. The purse was $4,000 with
$1,000 added by the Romney family.
Blandford Stewart won the opening race of Saturday's seven-race card aboard Missisissy, owned
and trained by Lyle Magnuson.
"I wasn't pushing that hard. I pushed the horse about half way down the stretch and she went,"
said the jockey. "I said yes to her and she won from there. I asked her about halfway down and
then I thought we had it."
Sunday, once again under hot, sunny skies, Maputo and Vincent Alvin Palmer easily out-
distanced the field in the six furlong fifth race.
"He can run, but he has a tendency of getting into trouble," said owner/trainer Jim Depew. "I'm
all set for Millarville on Monday. We have three horses entered there and I hope we have a good
day."
Sunday's featured race, a seven furlong Fillies and Mares Stakes for three-year-olds and
upwards, with an $8,550 purse, closed out the RMTC Spring Meet. Robert McKenzie's
Chatahoochie, Teagan Oulton aboard, romped home at the end after running with the pack much
of the race.
"When she pricked up her ears I knew we had lots left," winning rider Teagan Oulton stated. "In
the race I just came up behind the speed until I needed to move.
"I started this day right with a win (aboard GHF Chipmonk) which was good and I ended the day
well. This Stakes race had a nice purse. I had a good day, but the overall meet was just okay."
She closed with four winners during the weekend for 11 on the meet.
Chatahoochie is by Temptor out of Tiffany by Tenesir and was bred in Alberta by Muriel
McGuire and R.A. McKenzie.
RMTC Race Manager Dot Stein was pleasantly pleased with the wagering handles (total bet) this
Spring.
"Our handle was way up this year. I saw a lot of new people and a lot of younger people coming
out," she said. "Our closing few days had very high handles.
"Overall this Spring we had some adverse conditions but we got through it all. The one Friday
we missed was due to a shortage of horses."


BEHIND THE STARTING GATE . . . The Rocky Mountain Turf Club's tote board, down last
week after flood waters hit the generator, was back up and running for the final card of the
Spring Meet . . . A number of the jockeys stopped by and paid their respects to Ken and Anne
Burton during the races Saturday . . . Anne was the first licensed female jockey in Alberta and
Ken was a champion outrider at the Calgary Stampede's wagon races . . . Both were prominent
horse owners and trainers for the past 50 plus years . . . Speaking of the Calgary Stampede,
former three-time Canadian boys steer riding champion, Bruce Kostelansky, was at the races with
his two sons, both well over the steer riding age . . . With the heat Saturday, a good spot in the
shade was at a premium . . .  Rick Wiest saw his Sportive claimed after it won the fourth race . . .
The sixth race Saturday saw the $1 Superfecta of 6-4-3-2 pay $560.95 . . . The next live racing at
the RMTC is Aug. 31-Sept. 12 as the Fall Meet kicks off . . . Post time Friday is 6 p.m., and 1:05
p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 


 

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