Well, at least they will be this Saturday and again on Sunday, with post time both days 1:15 p.m., kicking off the Rocky Mountain Turf Club Spring Race Meet. “We definitely look forward to our Spring season (which winds up July 2),” says RMTC CEO Max Gibb. “We more than welcome new race fans and welcome our regular fans back to Whoop-Up Downs.”
Opening weekend will feature seven races each day, the key races being Sunday’s first two races. Both races are Alberta Quarter Horse Maiden Challenge Trials. The opening race features five horses, the second six horses and both race cover a distance of 350 yards. These non-winners feature trainers such as William Leech, Allan Goodsell, Janet Sather and Donalda Cochrane.
Spring racing includes this weekend, the May 20-22 long weekend, May 27-28, June 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 and June 30, Millarville (July 1) and the closing off the Spring Meet, Sunday July 2. Come July and August the ponies head for Grande Prairie but the RMTC welcomes the jockeys, trainers, owners and horses back September 2-4 for the start of the Fall Meet.
Fall racing continues Sept. 9-10, 15-17, 22-24 and Sept. 29 to October 1. As well, in October, there’ll be racing 6-9 for the only four-day card of the year and closes out Oct. 14-15. “This gives our race fans 42 days of racing, including the historic Millarville Meet, and we’re pleased with that,” says Gibb.
“The spring meet features some top returning riders, like Jose Rocha, Scotty Sterr, Branford Stewart, Larris Allen and Freddy Fuentes. May of the RMTC’s tops trainers will be back, like Lyle Magnuson, Nolan Little Bear, Pete Dubois, Nellie Pigeau, Randy Cunningham, Gary Marks, Laurie Ferguson, Dennis Oberholtzer and many more.
“Opening weekend you’ll see horses like General Day and Master’s Bluff in our sixth race Saturday look for Awesome T and Oil Country in Sunday’s final five furlong run.”