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Fall Meet First Weekend Recap

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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BY GARRY ALLISON
Rocky Mountain Turf Club
     Beneath warm fall skies Saturday the Rocky Mountain Turf Club kicked off its Fall Meet
with a very familiar look.

     Big William Leech captured the first race of the Fall Meet when Ramiro Sanchez Castillo
took the opening racing, covering the 350 yard sprint aboard Northforkzoom in 18.06 seconds.
As you would expect Lyle Magnuson jumped into the trainer's race right off the bat as Scott Sterr
brought Leolas Gel captured the third race for him - and Floyd won two more afer that, giving
him three of the six races.
     We should all be blessed with the stamina of Stan Marks. The 86-year-old owner/trainer
saw his P.S. Bravo charge home, not only giving Stan his first win of the meet but jockey Larris
Allen, the top rider in the Spring, his first win in the Fall.
     Come Sunday, the weather was even hotter, and 32 Quarter horses were at their peak heat
trying to qualify for the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity as the Trials ran off in five separate
races.    When the dust settled - though, in reality the track was well watered - William Leech had
the fastest qualifier, though Laurie Ferguson qualified three in the top eight for the Futurity Cup,
Sunday, Sept. 15.
     Scott Sterr, aboard. Mals First Down blated down the 350 yards of the Whoop-Up Downs
track to win the fourth race and see his time of 18 seconds flat be the fastest of the day.
     "He's a nice colt and Scott said there was a lot more horse," William stated with pride.
"He's just a nice colt."
     Mals First Down is by 2Shazoom out of First a Princess by First Down Dash. The bred
in-Oklahoma colt is owned by Jim T. Plume.
     William's second winner, in race three, and fifth place qualifier for the Finals is a three
time winner in three starts owned by RMTC CEO Max Gibb. Weaselhead was guided home in
18;37 seconds by Ramiro Sanchez Castillo. The colt is by Furtreeous out of RC Pass N Time by
Its Royal Time and was bred in Alberta by Richard Clay.
     "Max's colt ran pretty good and he had a little left for a good run in the Finals. Castillo is
a good Quarter horse rider," William stated.
     Laurie Ferguson, who always seems to be headed to the test barn, a horse in tow, and
hurrying to get another into the paddock, entered three horses Sunday, and saw all three of then
qualify for the Finals Set. 15.
     Invisible Wagon was fourth in the trials, and second in her super-fast race, to qualify at
18:26 seconds, Danielle DiBert in the irons. The Remingtom Memories, with DiBert aboard
again, placed sixth overall at 18:38. Finally, in eight spot. Ferguson's KR Remember Me - again
with DiBert aboard - clocked in at 18:46 seconds.
     The problem here, is which one does DiBert, a new rider t the RMTC, chose for the
Finals? As well, which two rider's will Ferguson choose to ride her other two horses? Obviously
DiBert was brought in for the Quarter horse sprints because she didn't ride Monday.
     Laurie's Invisible Wagon is by Paint Your Wagon out of A Troffle For Injun by Invisible
Injun, bred in Texas by Sally Box. Remington Memories was bred in Alberta by owner Blair
Anton and is by Wild On Corona out of Ms Magic Memories by Leaving Memories.
     Also qualifying for the Finals was Tom Kenway, in second hole at 18:10, with Homor
The Aztec. Valentino McBean was in the irons. Allen Goodsell saw his CR Strawflyn Bux stop
the clock at 18:13, ridden by Ramiro Sanchez Castillo. Rounding out the top eight was Les
Webb. Blandford Stewart rode Webb's Way To Dough home in 19:45 for seventh spot in the
field of eight.
     William was a little shocked when Its All About Class, owned and bred by Pete Schoeler
and Larry Henderson, won the first race but failed to qualify for the top eight, finishing 11th
overall.    "She was kind of a pleasant surprise winning the opening race," he admitted. "She's just
kind of getting things worked out now. We'll have to see how she goes next time out."
     After Sunday's races, at least in the qualifiers, where a few riders and trainers shared the
booty, Monday seemed to be a sharing across the board - except for Blandford Stewart who gave
his backers three wins in the six races.
     Blandford took the first race on After Dawn for Les Webb then gave Shawn Birdrattler a
victory aboard Cinchmeup. 
     Then, to close out the card, Blandford was aboard Dailydblnotrouble for Norm
Cuthbertson. This almost unsayable gelding is owned by Norm and Judy Cuthbertson. It is by
Golden Gear out of Family Voyage by Family Calling and was bred in California by Ron Stolich.
     Besides his horse (Weaselhead) winning Sunday RMTC CEO Max Gibb was pleased
with the opening weekend.
     "We have a lot of new people coming out, plus our usual crowd and its making for some
good wagering," said Gibb. "The weather was great and the crowds were great - lets hope it
keeps up during the Fall."
     BEHIND THE STARTING GATE . . . Sunday was an extremely hot day but the crowds
were okay . . .  The holiday Monday sky was overcast and it was cool, a typical Fall day . . . The
tote board was boarded up until the final two races Sunday, but the board still wasn't working
when the plywood came down . . . Shawn Little Bear was going to try a "little prayer" to see if he
could get his horse to win . . . but even Divine intervention didn't work . . . Nillie Pigeau had to
be extremely hot while serving as a pony girl, wearing a full neck brace . . The new jockey silks
and horse blankets are brilliant in colour, and greatly appreciated . . . Allen Goodsell had six
horses entered, but only one qualified . . . Notice how may more bred in Alberta horses are taking
to the tack, and winning . . . Next racing at the RMTC is 7 and 8

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