A tradition will come to an end this holiday weekend, with live horse racing at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club set for only Saturday and Sunday. “Racing has been cancelled Monday, May 22 due to a shortage of entries,” says Racing Manager Dorothy Stein.
However, there will eight races Saturday and another nine races Sunday. Purses this Spring are down slightly from 2016, with $4,050 the norm. This being said, there’s a $4,500 race Saturday, a five furlong run with horses like Ma’s Miracle Run trained by Lyle Magnuson and Little Abbie trained by Darcy Birdrattler.
Sunday’s seventh racer has a $4,400 purse as well. That race features Jim Depew’s Careless Hunter with Trevor Simpson in the irons along with Italian By Marriage with Scott Sterr up and trained by Lyle Magnuson. This race also features three other top runners, Ginwillmakeusin, Autumn Trip and Stopped Short.
Saturday will feature eight horses in the 300-yard third race, including entries from John Poirier, Nolan Little Bear, Gary Marks, Janet Sather, and Bucky Stockwell. Saturday’s final race will be a six furlong affair with a seven horse field. The eighth race, six furlong run, features Eighty Eight, with Freddy Fuentes aboard, Regroup with Jose Rocha the meet’s leading rider to date astride, as well as veteran rider Scott Sterr aboard General Gabe.
Sunday, will see nine races go to the gate with the final race an eight-horse five furlong affair. The fourth race Sunday is a 300-yard Quarter horse sprint, a $4,500 race with eight horses going to the gate. After one weekend of racing, Jose Rocha is the leading rider with four wins, while there are knotted with two wins. The top trainer to date is Jaqueline Smith, with a pair of wins.
Post time this Saturday and Sunday will be 1:15 p.m.