The Fall Race Meet at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club is upon us. The Fall Meet runs Sept. 3-5 and each three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) through Oct. 15-16 – the exception being Oct. 7-10. Post time through the Fall on Fridays is 6 p.m. while Saturday, Sunday and Monday the ponies go to the gate at 1:15 p.m.
There’ll be 21 days of racing, featuring the leading horsemen, riders and horses that thrilled race-goers during the Spring Meet.
“Our opening weekend this Saturday, Sunday and Monday features seven races Saturday and six races the following two days. Quarter horse followers always look forward to the Fall Meet,” says RMTC CEO Max Gibb. “The meet starts off with trials for the AQHRA’s Canada Cup Futurity and Derby. The Derby trials are set for Sunday and the Futurity trials will be held Saturday.
“On the Thoroughbred side of things, the first big mile and a sixteenth race takes place opening weekend with the Starter Allowance, 1st Leg. It’s set for Monday and features six good Thoroughbreds, three year olds and up. Trainer Laurie Ferguson has a pair of horses in here while Andrew Schmidt, Robert Gwilliam, Nolan Little Bear, and Daniel Oberholtzer all have horses to round out the field.
“As well, during the Fall Meet we’ll spotlight the Alberta Bred Derby and the All Canadian Derby, along with other key races.
“We’ll also have a great Alberta-Bred race card as well as the B Cup races, giving RMTC race fans a full Fall program. As well there will be numerous Stakes and Memorial races this Fall.”
The Quarter Horse trials this Saturday and Sunday include the fastest sprint horses on the Whoop-Up grounds.
The Derby trials Saturday feature three races over 400 yards, with 19 horses fighting it out for the eight spots in the finals. Sunday’s Futurity trials also cover 400 yards, with 19 two-year-olds racing for the top eight spots in the finals.
“Present horseman, and potential horse owners, will also want to make plans to attend the AQHRA’s Sport of Speed Sale, Oct. 1st at Exhibition Park, beginning at 7 p.m.” says Gibb. “It’s not too early to get a catalogue and start looking for a horse that fits your needs.”
Along with the live racing there are satellite screens throughout the RMTC grandstand, in Bullys, in the main wagering area, and on the fifth floor and the plush Champion’s Room on the third floor. All screens feature the top race tracks throughout North America.
Bullys offers 98 Vegas-style slots as well as food and beverages. There’s also a children’s petting zoo, a candy toss each day and a playground for the youngsters.
As well, race fans can enjoy the live music of the Rocky Mountain Dixieland Jazz Band.