Saturday and Sunday featured a total of twenty-two races for the grande finale at Rocky Mountain Turf Club. The fields were full, the action was fast and there were some upsets at the wire. All of the aforementioned led to some great excitement and some smiles from the big winners.
On Saturday in the Rufus Goodstriker Memorial with a distance of a mile and an eighth, Danny Oberholtzer's Bull Time pulled off an off-the-pace run that proved to be more than enough to pick up the victory by a six-length margin. Brad Mead's Confisio also came from off the pace to pick up second-place money.
On Sunday, two stakes races brought fans to their feet with the Farewell Sprint at five and a half furlongs leaving General Day, trained by Lyle Magnuson, proving that he is indeed the best horse at the race track. The heavy favourite didn't disappoint as Larris Allen rode him perfectly for the victory, while Shawn Bird Rattler's, Carson's Fireball set up the pace and hung on for second with Juan Apango in the irons.
The seven-furlong Farewell Stakes produced a major upset. Danny Oberholtzer was at it again with a twenty-to-one long shot coming from off the pace to pick up the victory. Ocanera, ridden by Dwight Lewis came flying past Magnuson's River District at the end of the race to pick up the victory.
It was a tremendous end to the year with a large crowd and handles to match. The fall meet was a good example of how experience is still tough to beat. Sixty-five year old Lyle Magnuson, involved with horses since he was ten years old, was an easy winner as the leading trainer in the fall, while veteran rider Scott Sterr put away all challengers for the fall meet's leading rider.
All in all it was a tremendous year for horse racing at Rocky Mountain Turf Club. The mood among the horsemen is very positive and all are looking forward to continuing with even bigger and better racing this coming spring.