Three days of live racing at Rocky Mountain Turf Club were highlighted by the Indian Relay Races on Saturday and Sunday.
The weather wasn't very cooperative on Saturday, with rain showers falling on horses and powwow dancers alike. The races went on though and the powwow dancing moved inside at RMTC. On Sunday the clouds faded away, which the powwow singers and dancers took full credit for, and the show went on and it was amazing to watch.
There were powwow contests all through the day, along with three Indian Relay Races. Stealing the show were the young children who put on an eye-popping display of dancing, some of them as young as five years old. For the first time ever, there was parimutuel wagering on an Indian Relay Race and the results were considered to be very successful. So successful in fact, that it was the highest bet race in over two years at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club.
Max Gibb, CEO of Rocky Mountain Turf Club, put in a tremendous amount of work to make the Relay Race happen and deserves some applause for his efforts. Max was proud that the authenticity was intact and everyone in attendance was thoroughly entertained.
Saturday was the running of the Filly & Mare Spring Sprint Stake Race and Jacqueline Smith's, "Sparkling Peg", ridden by Larris Allen, made a stretch drive to overtake John Poirier's, "She's it Again", who was ridden by Andrew Wright.
On Sunday, Smith struck gold again in a seven-furlong allowance race when, "Megatron Ruler", was ridden gate to wire by Juan Apango. Lyle Magnuson's, "River District", had to settle for second best.
The All Canadian Quarter Horse Futurity was also ran on Sunday, and William Leech's, "Always Right", ridden by Ricardo Moreno, prevailed for the victory. Tom Kenway's, "Heza Southern Cartel", picked up second place money.
There are two weekends left of live racing left at Rocky Mountain Turf Club before the move to Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie. The Spring meet has been well attended and handles are up from last year. In looking ahead at the final two weeks of racing, expectations are high for a big finish to a successful meet.