Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb, has his fingers crossed, horsemen have their fingers crossed and horses have been seen standing in their stalls with their front legs crossed - all are hoping the final weekend of racing of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Turf Club can be run. Hopes are the foul weather holds off, and the thinking is positive.
This Saturday and Sunday, post times at 1 p.m., mark the final weekend of the RMTC’s Fall Season, and the entire 2016 season for that matter. There will be 12 races on tap both days, certainly a great way to close a season – and make up for the cancellation of the Thanksgiving Day races.
“On tap Saturday will be the Frances Weaselhead Memorial, a 300 yard sprint, the AQHA Aged 400 yard run, the Wanda Halerewich Memorial over seven furlongs, and the six furlong Rocking Chair for eight-year-olds and upwards, all special races,” says RMTC CEO Max Gibb. “The Weaselhead Memorial is a Quarter Horse race, by request, and the RMTC leading trainer, William Leech has a pair of horses in here, Sherry Baby and Tahma Chop. Also among the eight entries is When In Rome from Nolan Little Bear. Among the eight aged horses you’ll see in the Rocking Chair race are Randy Smith’s Eighty Eight; Nolan Calfrobe’s General Gabe, Norm Cuthbertson’s Media Contact, and Mitt from Kevin Oberholtzer - and of course there are four others. And the Memorial for Wanda is seven furlongs and includes horses from Les Adams, Jill West, Harlan Birdrattler, Daniel Oberholtzer, Bill Mooney and Ray Gardipy."
“Among our key races Sunday will be the running of the Canadian Quarter Horse Futurity and Derby.” These two races Sunday see the return of injured jockey Scott Sterr."
Following are the eight All-Canadian Derby finalists, which is the sixth race Sunday with an $18,750 purse, with the gate, horse, trainer and rider:
1. Gone Fast, Stan Webb, Scott Sterr; 2. Go Jessin Beaver, William Leech, Ricardo Moreno; 3. Separate Jess, Randy Cunningham, Tim Moccasin; 4. Royal Red Corona, Les Adams, Laurina Bugeaud; 5. Fly Bye Cruise, Tom Kenway, Martin Ortiz; 6. HRH Tres Royale, Buckey Stockwell, Jose Rocha; 7. ER Café, Donalda Cochrane, Raphael Castillo;. 8. Shes Gotta Reason, Laurie Ferguson, Neville Stephenson.
The Sport of Speed Sale Futurity goes off in Sunday’s 12th race, at $30,000, and following are the Futurity finalists with the gate, horse, trainer and rider:
1. Stupendous 109, Buckey Stockwell, Raphael Castillo; 2 Eye On Desirio, Allan Goodsell, Jose Apango; 3. Arrow Of Time, Tom Kenway, Scott Sterr; 4. Dashin By All, Tom Kenway, Martin Ortiz; 5. Munckin, Buckey Stockwell, Jose Rocha; 6. Poutn On The Wagon, William Leech, Ricardo Moreno; 7. Ivory Lady League, Kevin Oberholtzer, Neville Stephenson; 8. Reds On Fire, Maria Stanford, Valentino McBean.
Also featured Sunday will be the ninth race, Keep On Keepin On, over seven furlongs. Also there’s the featured 11th and 12th races, first the five and a half furlong Farewell Sprint with an $11,000 purse and the seven furlong Farewell Stake, also at $11,000. “This is our way of saying farewell to the horsemen and the fans,” says Gibb. “The Sprint features the unbeaten, in four races, Laurie Ferguson’s Sneakin Cat. The race is a showcase of top horses, including Careless Hunter, General Day, Italian BY Marriage and Rocky Bar Of Gold. “Then the Farewell Stakes feature the great Dubla Gold from Pete Dubois, and other horses like Stan Marks’ Herculean and Darcy Ralph’s Master’s Bluff.”