One of the best kept secrets in Alberta is that the horse who won more races than any other horse in the U.S.A. with eleven wins last year, is racing at Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge. And on Saturday, the Jacqueline Smith trained and owned horse was back in the winner's circle with a stellar ride from Jockey, Juan Apango.
For the last five years, Smith has spent her springs at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club and then heads to Oregon and Washington State for the summer. This year she plans on heading back to Lethbridge for the fall meet starting in September. Smith has been involved in horse racing all her life, as her father was a leading trainer in Oregon and Washington State. Smith taught Kindergarten for thirty years in Washington State and raced horses while she was teaching. Now that she is a full-time trainer/owner, she is soaring in the sport and loving every second of it.
There was a nice crowd for the long weekend and they were treated to some great racing. Smith also won an open allowance race on Saturday with her favourite horse, ten-year-old "Sportive".
On Sunday, John Poirier's "She's It Again" went gate-to-wire with jockey Andrew Wright at the helm for a convincing 5 1/2-furlong allowance victory.
June 16th and 17th mark the return of the famous, "Indian Relay Races", and tickets are selling fast. Last year was the inaugural running of the event at Rocky Mountain Turf Club. The success of that sold-out event has led to the Indian Relay Races being featured at other tracks in Canada this year. Mark the date on your calendar and pick up your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.