Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:48

RMTC Fall Meet Begins

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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Start of fall meet

BY GARRY ALLISON
Rocky Mountain Turf Club
This Saturday, at 1:05 p.m., marks the beginning of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Turf Club Fall
Race Meet. As well, this final long weekend of the year will see the ponies go to the gate both
Sunday and Monday at 1:05 p.m.


 

The RMTC Fall Meet at Whoop-Up Downs continues each weekend until Oct. 11-13.
"What a great way to spend the final holiday weekend of the summer," said RMTC CEO Max
Gibb. "We had a great Spring - despite the weather - and I'm looking forward to an exciting Fall
Meet."
Post times for Friday races will be 6 p.m.
Saturday's card has six races, as do the other two days.
Sunday, the first five races, will all be 350 yard Quarter horse qualifying sprints for the Canada
Quarter Horse Cup Futurity
"The top eight two-year-olds will go on to the Futurity Cup finals Sunday Sept. 15, the same day
the Canada Cup Quarter horse Cup Derby will be run," says Gibb.
"What a great way to start off our Fall season for race fans," Gibb emphasized.
He's also proud of the top Thoroughbred race line-up for the Fall, which includes Stakes races
for the Alberta Breds, the always popular B Cup races - for horses that have run at least three
times on the province's community tracks - as well as some Open Stakes, and the Farewell
Stakes.
Stakes races have a purse of at least $7,500.
"I'm happy to say we'll have some Paint Stake races as well," says Gibb. "I consider these horses
not only to be among the fastest on the track, but the full Paints are certainly the showiest."
Sunday, with a $3,400 purse, race fans will be treated to quite a line-up. The second race of the
day sees Allen Goodsell, his wife, jockey Teagan Oulton, and their horse Gotrdonegotrdid in
action.
Among those racing against them will be Stan Marks and his Lyon's Growl and Nellie Pigeau
and her horse Pipestone Flyer.
Larris Allen came away with 30 wins to lead the riders in the Spring standings and Rick Wiest,
for whom Larris Allen primarily rides, came on strong the final two weekends in the Spring to
take the trainer's title with 18 wins.
"We  had some nice crowds in the Spring, with a lot of new people coming out to enjoy this
sport. As well, our wagering handle was well up, and that's nice to see." says Gibb. "I'm now
looking forward to our Fall Meet."

 

 

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