Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:13

Thankgiving Weekend at RMTC

Written by Dale Johnson, RMTC
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L to R –  Jockeys Andrew Wright, Carlton Malcolm and Neville Stephenson.  Neville won two stakes races this past weekend. L to R – Jockeys Andrew Wright, Carlton Malcolm and Neville Stephenson. Neville won two stakes races this past weekend.

With the scent of turkey and pumpkin pie lingering in the air, it was a tremendous weekend of horse racing at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club.

The weekend highlighted some fantastic stakes races starting with the Bully's Futurity Stakes. The Laurie Ferguson trained colt, Stripling Warrior, continued to show his dominance as a two-year-old as he was victorious yet again. Neville Stephenson was on board for a strong performance to garner the win, with Blandford Stewart bringing up second place with the Lyle Magnuson owned and trained Klondike Ike.

The action continued to heat up as the Fillies Oaks took centre stage next and didn't disappoint. Floyd Buffalo is enjoying his time at Rocky Mountain Turf Club as his filly, Brave Wilko, was impressive in victory. Nelly Bean, who is trained by Les Webb and is always tough, finished second.

On Sunday, the filly and mare stakes race known as the Dating Game Stakes, turned out to be a fantastic race. Veteran mare, Lillie Abbie, trained by Garry Marks, showed her dominance in picking up the victory, while longshot, Southern Echo, trained by Lloyd Weesekase, lit up the board for place money.

The biggest race of the weekend was the Derby with a couple of horses fresh off Northlands Park outings doing battle for the win. The Norm Cuthbertson trained Special Kiss, ridden by Blandford Stewart prevailed for the victory. while Tom Rycroft's, Big Kaz finished second.

Neville Stephenson, who has spent the fall riding at Rocky Mountain Turf Club picked up two stakes victories and is having a fantastic run during his time at RMTC. With a big final weekend, he could challenge for the leading rider title for the fall.

This coming weekend is the closing weekend at Rocky Mountain Turf Club with racing Saturday and Sunday, and it will be a full weekend of racing with eleven races each day. It has been a tremendous meet so far this fall, and there is little doubt that the final weekend will finish with a big splash.

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