Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:44

Final Weekend Wrap-up at RMTC

Written by Garry Allison, Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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Dallas Douglas Birdrattler won seven races at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club Spring Meet, but the most satisfying had to be his win in the final race of the meet.

Sunday, Birdrattler’s Little Abbie, with Blandford Stewart in the irons, topped a quality field of eight to take the seven furlong Fillies and Mares Stake. The win also gave Birdrattler his largest purse of the meet, $5,400. His majority share of the $9,000 purse.

“It was good to see longtime supporters like the Birdrattler close out our meet with such an impressive win,” said RMTC CEO Max Gibb. “Besides Dallas, Harlan and Shawn Birdrattler also ran horses here this Spring.

“Another nice win the final day was from longtime trainer and a real RMTC supporter Lyle Magnuson as his Ma’s Miracle Run captured the Bar None Spring Futurity. There was an $8,000 purse for this three furlong sprint, a race showing nice support from Bar None Ranches, who have run horses with the RMTC since our beginning.”

Magnuson came through with another winner Sunday as Larris Allan brought Rowdy All Knight home on top in a five and a half furlong affair, just prior to the Ban None feature.

Saturday Magnuson picked up another two wins. Redboard, Jose Rocha along for the ride captured the eighth race and earlier in the day, one race earlier in fact, he and Rocha teamed again to give Majorca Gold a nice win.

The other featured race the final day was the opening race of the program, the five furlong Canada-U.S. Challenge, First Leg, won By Eric Turner with his Just Zoom Will Do, as Jose Rocha brought the speedster home on top in the five furlong affair.

Those who know Bruce Ironshirt of the Kainai Nation had to know he was sporting a huge smile Saturday when his My Mr. Millionaire came through with a win in the third race. Bruce usually makes a trip to Oklahoma each year to pick up one or two quality two or three-year-olds.

One of the more dependable horses of the met – and trainer for that matter in Laurie Ferguson – Freshside came through in the fourth with Freddy Fuentes aboard.

“The two-day weekend, three counting our trip to Millarville, put a nice wrap on the Spring Meet. One of the nice things about the closing weekend was the fact longtime supporters like Nellie Pigeau and Allan Brown came through with victories,” said Gibb. “We had a number of quality new riders here this Spring and most made a strong impression with the fans

“We had a successful Spring, with some really nice crowds and the weather, considering you take it over two months, was good. We are certainly looking forward to the Fall meet, Sept. 3-5 through Oct. 15-16. See you all here!”

BEHIND THE STARTING GATE... Both Harlan and Dallas Birdrattler had horses in the final race of the meet... Norm Cuthbertson who had been fairly quiet this Spring came through with a winner Sunday as Stopped Short did anything but and crossed with wire first in the seventh race of the day... The bustling mini-market on the RMTC main floor had to dismantle all their displays, but they’;; be back again for the Fall Meet... Veteran Pete Dubois recorded a nice win in Saturday’s sixth race, with Majestic Lass... The win gave Pete four on the year.

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