MILLARVILLE – Jim Depew seems to like running at Millarville – and he tends to win a race there each Canada Day. This is probably why he likes racing there.
This past Canada Day he won the five furlong-Millarville Sprint Stake with Careless Hunter, along with $3,700, his share of the $7,000 purse.
While Depew was basking in his Sprint victory the final race of the day, the $10,000 Millarville Derby – with $5,300 to the winner – went to Jacqueline Smith and Sportive.
The remaining five races on the seven-race card all had $5,000 purses, the most significant being the opening race of the Canada Day holiday, the Millarville Paint Stake over 350 yards.
Veteran Barney Stockwell, who had a great start to the Spring season, saw Jose Rocha ride his Cowboy Mafia home ahead in the colorful field.
Of the remaining four races trainer Lyle Magnuson won two of them. In the second race the long-time combination of Magnuson and Larris Allen payed off yet again when Allen brought The Little Gene home in the five furlong race.
The pair followed up with another win in the third race as Allen brought home Vernon Cat on top for their second consecutive victory.
Allen Brown, a regular at the Millarville festivities, came through with a victory in the fourth race as Trevor Simpson rode Scarpitta to victory. Rounding out to the winners for the day was Freddy Fuentes aboard Mack’s Gold Bullet, trained by Jill West.
“As usual our Millarville experience was a great one,” said Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb, who has been putting on a successful meet here since the formation of the RMTC.,
“I always come away from Millarville looking forward to our next Canada Day of racing.”