As pleased as he was after Sunday’s featured 400-yard All Canadian Derby, owner Pete Schoeler says he was worried about Potin On The Wagon making it eight wins in a row. “You know I get scared before a race. Anything can happen... but I never get tired of winning though,” Pete admitted.
But with William Leech doing the training and Scott Sterr doing the riding it seems there was little to worry about. Poutin On the Wagon was a runaway winner, chased home by Honor The Fast Man and Tac It Perry. The winning purse was $8,780 for the 19.801 trip.
The winner paid a lowly 2.90, 2.50 and 2.30 while the $2 Triactor of 5-2-6 was only $26.80. “That horse has true hart and quality breeding from her mother Poutlin. The mother is the key. I don’t care what they say about the male, it’s the mother in this case. “There’s not a chance I’m getting tired of winning and we’re off the Grande Prairie now to make it nine in a row when we run in the challenge Cup Derby Trials. “When I bought this mare I expected her offspring would be winners.”
Pete purchased Poutnlori from Gerald Bonnett and Pete has another “real nice one out of Poutnlori” with the best of bloodlines. As far as the jockey goes, Pete says “my trainer (William Leech) looks after that, he chooses the rider and he hasn’t gone wrong yet.”
Saturday, the Oldtimers Classic, covering 350 yards, proved age doesn’t necessarily effect speed, as the winning time was 17.722 Veteran campaigner, Toughie, trained by William Leech, and coming off fifth and third place outings, swept across the wire first to collect $5,724, her share of the $10,800 purse. “I was glad to see her redeem herself,” said a smiling William Leech. “She is a real nice mare.” (She ran 17.722 to be exact for the 350 yards).
“That Mals First Down is a real campaigner. He ran a hard race right behind us.” Toughie is by Stel Corona out of Hard Living by Hawkish and was bred in California by Edward Allred. Mals First Down was out of the gate first and moving in fine style by but, living up to his name, along came Toughie.
Closing out Saturday’s card, a blast from the past, as Dubla Gold, with Scott Sterr aboard won the seven furlong outing. “It was a nice race, and it was all Scotty. It was all him,” said a jubilant trainer/owner (with wife Erna) Pete Dubois. Dubla Gold hadn’t won in its nine previous outings, through Sterr brought it in second last time out.
“He’s getting better and better... that old horse is just coming into himself,” Sterr stated. “He’s coming into his old self. It’s kind of nice to see a win for Dubla Gold, he’s kind of nice, just like his trainer."
Dubois and Sterr also won the third race, with Goodhumorgirl. “I thought she could do it, she’s a nice little mare, said a smiling’ Dubois. Jim Depew opened up his weekend with a win in Friday’s first race, a five furlong run with a six-horse field. Manuel Ortiz was in the irons for the first of his three wins of the night. Scott Sterr enjoyed a nice weekend with seven wins, moving to a leading 30 wins for the Spring Meet. Next in line is Jose Rocha with 19 wins, followed by Blandford Stewart at 18. William Leech remains the top trainer going into next week’s final action, with 13 wins, while Buckey Stockwell has seven and Randy Cunningham follows at six.
BEHIND THE STARTING GATE
Dr. Don Gibb, nephew of RMTC CEO Max Gibb, enjoying Friday evening as his horse Twinstrinqueen, Scott Sterr aboard, took the fourth race, a five and a half furlong run... Jockey Larris Allen broke his arm in a starting gate mishap Friday evening... Owner/trainer, Montana’s Debbie Cunnington making her first appearance of the Springs season Sunday... For race fans there’s a treat July 1, with the annual Millarville Race Meet, featuring the horses, trainers and riders of the RMTC. Post time is 1:15 p.m... What a great way to spend Canada Day... However Barb Depew is remaining in Raymond for its big family gathering and parade... As the day wore on under Sunday’s hot sun the tote board became a little funky... Prior to the Millarville Meet there’s be racing at Whoop-Up Downs and then the Spring Meet closes out Sunday July 2, the day after Millarville.