The Canada Cup Quarter Horse Futurity and Derby are both set for Sunday, with the Derby having a purse of $33,387 and the Futurity, $58,869. William Leech has the number one qualifier in both the Futurity and the Derby. As you’d expect, William won’t commit himself on which one – Toughie or Poutn On The Wagon or his other entry Go Jessin Beaver – is the fastest horse and could win its respective race.
“Toughie is a good horse and PW - that’s what we call him – is getting better each time out. We also have Jim Plume and the Chief’s Charlie’s Go Jessin Beaver and he’s been running close. But a lot can happen, that’s why they run the race the races.
“But if Lady Luck is just right . . . well.”
Following are the eight Derby finalists with the gate, horse, time, trainer and rider: 1. Toughie, 19.759, William Leech, Ricardo Moreno; 2. Shes Gotta Reason, 20.016; Laurie Ferguson, Freddy Fuentes; 3. Separate Jess, 19.985, Randy Cunningham, Tim Moccasin; 4. First Prize Sass, 20.107, Les Adams, Larris Allen; 5. Go Jessin Beaver, 20.134, William, Leech, Dwight Anthony Lewis; 6. Quad Seis, 20.131, Laurie Ferguson, Jose Rocha; 7. Experimental Rocket, 20.095, Allen Goodsell, Juan Apango; 8. ER Café, 19.883, Donalda Cochrane, Martin Ortiz.
The Derby goes off first Sunday, in the fifth race and then the Futurity is set for the seventh race.
Following are the seven Futurity finalists with the gate, horse, time, trainer and rider: 1. Heza Riot, 20.285, Allen Goodsell, Juan Apango; 2. Poutn On The Wagon, 19.668, William Leech, Ricardo Moreno; 3. Bringit Like Benny, 20.283, Janice Sather, Jose Rocha; 4. Cowboy 109, 20.008, Buckey Stockwell, Dwight Anthony Lewis; 5. Ivory Lady League, 20.240, Kevin Oberholtzer, Tyler Walker; 6. One Shameless Secret, 20.269, Tom Kenway, Neville Stephenson; 7. Honor The Fast Man, 20.207, Tom Kenway, Martin Ortiz.
Following the Futurity Sunday will be the Starter Allowance, 2nd Leg over a mile and 1/8 featuring Laurie Ferguson’s long-lasting Regroup. Opening the weekend’s card on Friday’s six-race card is the $11,000 Whoop-Up Classic over 650 yards with the hot Robert Gwilliam taking AsbigasTexas to the gate.
Saturday there’ll be eight races, opening with a 350-yard maiden for two-year-olds, with veteran Buckey Stockwell having two of the seven horses in the fray. The card has five and a half and six furlong runs for the Thoroughbreds and closes with a seven furlong run with two entries from Nellie Pigeau, Always a Miracle and Twopenny
Jose Rocha goes into the weekend as the leading rider, with eight, just one ahead of Trevor Simpson. The leading trainers are Lyle Magnuson and Laurie Ferguson, with five wins apiece. Friday’s post time is 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday the ponies go to the gate at 1:15 p.m.
Along with all the Quarter horse festivities the RMTC has Vegas-style slots in Bullys, along with food and beverages, plus the simulcast screens throughout the grandstand. Folks will also enjoy the Rocky Mountain Dixieland Jazz Band and the kiddies have a candy toss each day and the petting zoo.