"This is our B Cup weekend, which I like to say is the Community track's answer to the
Breeder's Cup," says Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb. "Of our eight races Saturday,
five of them will be B Cup races. To run in the B Cup events a horse has to have run at least
three times on a Community track, and twice at the RMTC.
"These are all $7,500 purse affairs and for Thoroughbreds."
There's a B Cup for three year olds, and the B Cup Stakes for Fillies and Mares. There's also the
B Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint.
"Likely the one the fans will react to is our B Cup Sprint, featuring Pete Dubois' Dubla Gold and
Norm Cuthbertson's Beau Gris."
Something to look at in this race is Beau Gris is normally a five furlong horse and this is a five
and a half furlong run. Also in this competitive field is Eighty Eight from Rusty Smith, Lyle
Magnuson's Private Swing and Roberts Gwilliam's Skimming Song. Look for Rick Wiest and
Big Step as well as Pure Vertical from Jim Depew, and Lyon's Growl from Stan Marks.
The final race Saturday is the B Cup three year old and upwards Classic.
"These B Cup races have some of the classiest horses here at the RMTC and will provide some
real entertainment for the race goers. Our top trainers are all involved in these classy B Cup
events," says Gibb. "We have $37,500 in purse money in these five races alone. In our other
races this weekend we'll be giving away at least $68,000 to the winners."
Sunday there are eight races on tap, the first five are all Alberta Bred Quarter Horse Futurity
Trails, with $4,000 in purses and a distance of 350 yards. It says a lot for the sport when you can
have five Alberta Bred Quarter horse races, as trials.
The final three races are for Thoroughbreds and offer $4,000 purses.
Friday, all six races offer $4,000 purses, making this a high-paying weekend for the RMTC.
With three weeks left in the RMTC 2013 season you can throw a blanket over the leading four
jockeys. Spring Meet champion Larris Allen has been joined by Ramiro Sanchez Castillo and
Blandford Stewart, all with 13 wins apiece, and right behind is veteran Scott Sterr with 10 and
Teagan Oulton with nine.
The race for leading trainer isn't quite as tight, but it's a close one. William Leech has nine
victories this Fall while Lyle Magnuson had seven and Rick West has six wins. Nellie Pigeau,
Allen Goodsell and Laurie Ferguson have four wins apiece,