The Spring Race Meet at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge is drawing to a close. There’ll be three race days this weekend, Friday (at 6 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday, post time 1:15 p.m. The final weekend will see racing next Friday at Whoop-Up Downs, and the Saturday (Canada Day) the horses move out to Millarville for the 112th running of the Millarville races. The horses return to Lethbridge for their final day this Spring, Sunday, July 2.
The final full weekend offers six races this Friday, five of them Thoroughbred races, and the second race on the card, a 350-yard Quarter Horse dash, for two-year-old maidens. The closing sixth race is a five and a half furlong affair and features horses like Excess Baggage from Gary Marks, Mickeys Hot Corona, Big Black Cat and Oil Country. The fourth race also features a full field of eight.
Saturday and Sunday both feature some high-paying races. Saturday the 350-yard Oldtimers Classic has eight entries chasing the $10,800 purse.
Set up for three-year-olds and upwards , you’ll see Charlie Weaselhead and Jim Plume’s Mals First Down, Laurie Ferguson’s Bugs Little Magic, Janice Sather’s great little horse Crusinfourabrusin and Er Café from Donalda Cochrane.
The program opens with a 350-yard sprint, with a full field, and closes with a pair of full-field runs, the first over three furlongs and the final race of the day a seven furlong event. That final race has drawn the likes of Regroup, Herculean, the great Dubla Gold, Just Another Bob and Londinium.
Another eight race card will be presented Sunday featuring the 350-yard All Canadian Derby, for $19,510. Fans will have to choose from horses like Honor The Fast Man, Poutin On the Wagon, Tac It Perry, Zerelda James, Sherry Baby, Pros Ranger, Ivory Lady League. and Northern Special. In the opening 350-yard spring watch for Go Jessi Beaver, trained by William Leech and owned by Charlie Weaselhead and Jim Plume.
The third race, over five and a half furlongs, features a full field of eight, one of such races. To close out the weekend there’s a seven furlong run, with eight horses entered, featuring trainers like Lyle Magnuson, Alison Clapton, Gary Marks, Randy Smith and riders like Larris Allen, Scott Sterr and Jose Rocha.
Scott Sterr leads the riders with 23 wins to date, While Larris Allen, Jose Rocha and Blandford Stewart all gave 15 wins apiece. The leading trainer is William Leech with 10 victories while Jaqueline Smith has six and Buckey Stockwell, Allen Goodsell, Laurie Ferguson, and Randy Cunningham all have five wins apiece.