Sunday at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club a great champion returned to the winner’s circle. Careless Hunter, claimed by Jim Depew a few years ago when he was starting to slide from the top of the heap, took the seventh race, with Martin Ortiz aboard.
Jim is one of the longtime trainers, and owners, at the RMTC and along with wife Barb never misses a race day. Careless Hunter is by Forest Danger out of Shimmering Sunset by Exchange Rate and was bred in Kentucky, now finding its home along the Raymond Ridge.
And speaking of claimed horses, River District – ridden Sunday by Larris Allen – has been claimed at least four times. Sunday the Lyle Magnuson owned and trained gelding took the fifth race a five furlong claimer. Jose Rocha, the Spring Meet’s leading rider with nine wins, scored three of them Sunday including the first two races. He won the second race aboard Rahys Ranson, a three-time claimed horse, in a five furlong run.
It was shades of the past Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club as 50-year-old Scotty Sterr brought home four winners in eight races. It’s just like he said, “I’m back!” Among his winners was Alpine Peaks in the swift flowing maidens in the 300-yard third race. The horse breaking its maiden was trained by Albert Cross Child. Sterr stirred race fans again in the seventh race on the cad astride Wind River Jess from trainer Les Adams. This Alberta-bred winner is owned by Don Houlton and is by Crimson Jess out of Jds Wind River by Sun, Wind And Fire.
The card opened with a Sterr victory aboard a William West horse trained by Jill West. Kahrhoff took the five furlong sprint for fillies and mares, three years of age and upwards and all maidens. Scott racked up his fifth win of the weekend in Sunday’s ninth and final race with a five furlong run aboard Brudda Clyde, trained by Cory Rumsey.
Laurie Ferguson saw her popular Regroup, with Jose Rocha in the irons, take the closing race Saturday, a six furlong run.
BEHIND THE STARTING GATE... Regroup, a Laurie Ferguson winner is by Honour and Glory out of Buttercup Song by Unbridled Song... Everyone was singing when that horse came in... Jose has nine wins for the four days of racing while Scott has six... Weather was ideal for the two days of racing and crowds were nice for a holiday weekend… Next racing at Whoop-Up Downs is May 27-28 weekend.