Sunday, at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club, belonged to the Sather family. Barry and Janice picked up a pair of wins on the eight-race card, starting out with a big upset in the first race as Splashy Mamacita – what a great name for a horse – upset the field, coming in first to pay 17.60. The winner is by Volcom out of Splashy Piazzy by Splash Bac and was bred in Alberta by the Sathers.
In the fourth race, the AQHA Maiden Challenge, with a $15,810 purse, Janice had her fingers crossed before the race and literally jumped for joy when she checked with the track photographer’s camera at the end of the 350-yard sprint. The look verified the win by Tac It Perry. Prior to the race Janice admitted she was a tad worried: “He gets a little nervous at times.”
Talking about the Maiden, Barry stated, as he cradled the classy glass trophy in his arm: “This was a big surprise for us. Two weeks ago Janice had a bad go of things as far as luck and bad breaks were concerned, so these two wins were a great pick-me-up for her.” Tac It Perry is by Tac It Like A Man out of Quickid Perry by Mr. Jess Perry and was bred in Texas. Both Sather winners were ridden by Aejandro Almazan.
Saturday’s final race featured a second stirring ride for the day by Blandford Stewart. In the six furlong eighth race, Stewart – much to the animated delight of trainer Norm Cuthbertson – brought Media Contact home on top.
“It was pretty much wire to wire... yes it was,” stated the beaming rider, who is among the leading riders this Spring at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club. “My horse was really the one to beat.” And no one did beat him.
In the sixth race, a five and a half furlong affair, Stewart brought Casanova King home with a stretch drive along the rail that had the crowd cheering him on. Casanova King moved from mid-pack halfway down the stretch to streak past the field only yards from the line.
“It was his (Casanova King) first start this year,” stated Stewart and then added with a big smile, “he went along the rail to the lead. It even surprised me.” Sunday, Blandford’s magic continued with three more victories, giving him nine for the Spring Meet. His now patented roaring home from well off the pace paid off for trainer Nellie Pigeau as Blandford roared past a surprised field on No Sliphas to take the sixth race.
For a change of pace Blandford rode Officer’s Charm, trained by Dallas Douglas Birdrattler, home on top by actually leading at the top of the stretch. At the close of the May segment of the RMTC Spring Meet, Jose Rocha still leads the riders with 10 wins, but Blandford Stewart has closed in with nine wins, one ahead of Scott Sterr.
Saturday featured a photo, as Carlot Cowboy, Freddy Fuentes aboard, swept by on the outside to narrowly nip Jim and Barb Depew’s Metro Dreamer. Sunday Fuentes came off Mobile Bar along the backstretch, forcing the track-side ambulance into action.
BEHIND THE STARTING GATE...
Former world champion chuckwagon driver Norm Cuthbertson, throwing his hands and horse halter high into the air as his Media Contact took the eighth race Saturday... Cuthbertson had two winners Saturday, first his Candalier in the fifth and then Media Contact in the eighth... The same day Scott Sterr won back-to-back wins – the third and fourth race... Sterr, Blandford Stewart and Trevor Simpson all had two wins apiece Saturday... One of Sterr’s wins was on fan-favourite Go Jessin Beaver, trained by William Leech and owned by Charlie Weaselhead and Jim Plume... Veteran Trainer Phil Wiest getting out of Saturday’s sun and watching the races on the grandstand’s big screen... Jacqueline Smith and Harold Burbank lead the trainers with three wins apiece while seven others are knotted with two wins apiece. . . Sunday’s large crowd enjoyed ideal race conditions under clear blue skies... Next live racing action at the RMTC wills be this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.