"His mother is by the same stallion of the horse in second, Max Gibb's Goodstriker. "He's the only Paint I have, but I might have more next year," he added with a big smile, evident in winners. A few years back the Rocky Mountain Turf Club presented a number of Paint races each year, and Royal Woman, earned RMTC CEO Max Gibb was a dominating horse in that era. "Royal Woman is about to have a little one," said Rose Rossi, for whom Royal Woman was named.
Another lady prominent in that era was jockey Angelle Carter. She rode many a photo finish race against Royal Woman and Saturday had a horse in the Paint Futurity, Autumns Dashing Moon. It's a different step from riding to training Paints. "I kind of got tricked into it," she says with a smile despite the fact her foot was incased in a walking cast after and horse backed up onto her foot.
"I don't think there's a temperment difference between Paints and other breeds," she says. "My horse has a big temperamental streak though. But I've seen a lot of Quarter horses like that, I don't think Paints are any different to deal with, after all they have a lot of Quarter horse in them. "I liked today's race with all that colour coming down the track. Only one horse in the five had just a little colour."
Friday night saw some rather large payoffs, kicked off with race one as Tyler Walker brought Les Adams' Porcelain home to pay $13 to win, but the third race topped this payoff by far. Phillip Clunis rode Gilded Forest home on top to pay 31.90, 12.60 and 6.80. Then the Tom Alcott horse, paid $423.60 for a $2 Triactor, combing 6-2-7, with only three winners.
Another King, the Calvin Strandquist horse ridden by Blandford Stewart, won the fifth race and paid 21.00, 8.70 and 4.90. Closing out Friday's card a $19.60 payoff was created when Ramiro Sanchez Castillo brought Robert Charles Smiths' Rio Novo home on top.
Following the big payouts Friday, Saturday had some impressive numbers for a mere $2 win ticket, not the least of which was $20.60 to win by THz Sensational, ridden by Tyler Walker in the third. Then P Town Topper, Ramiro Sanchez Castillo aboard, paid 46.10. 9.70 and 4.80, but only !17.60 for the Quiniela in the fourth. In the seventh lucky punters received 17.50, 9.00 and 4.50 when Castillo brought Alitap home in first. A $2 Triactor paid $248.
Ridgeline, with Corrine Andros aboard - whose been winning on a consistent basis but still overshadowed by the to five riders in their teens - brought her horse home to pay 16.90, 6.30 and 8.10 in the eighth, but the $1 pick three of 1-9-2 only paid 11.05. Sunday saw a pair of Horsemen's Open Quarter Horse sprints over 400 yards. The Division One, with its $8,500 purse, went to red hot Ramiro Sanchez Castillo aboard Im Hot Ur Not, trained by Laurie Ferguson. The winner is by Tres Sels out of Wild California Rose by First Down Dash and was bred in California.
Scott Sterr was aboard Iba Eagle, the winning horse in the Division Two run, with its $6,500 purse. Trainer Robby Overturf saw the winning payoffs of 10.50, 13.10, and 7.00 flashed on the Tote board. The winning combination of Scott Sterr and trainer Lyle Magnuson were together for the $5,200 Starter Allowance Third Leg as Mamoonya crossed the line on top. The winner is by Lit de Justice out of Myreeg by Chief Seattle bred in California.
The big payoffs continued as the sixth race winner, Brock N Rock, paid 15.00 and CR Rajun Cajin paid a nice $18 to win the seventh race. The weekend card closed in fine fashion As Blandford Stewart rode Pup home first to pay 17.90, 6.60 and 7.50.
BEHIND THE STARTING GATE . . . A memorial service for the late jockey and trainer Ivan Clark was held last Monday near his home in Okotoks . . . Ivan was 83 at his passing . . . In memory of her husband Shirley Clark, with her pink riding helmet, returned to the RMTC this past weekend as the Parade Marshall . . . She found being back among the horses - and her daughter getting her trainer's license - was the best way to honour Ivan . . . A portion of the proceeds from Rose Rossi's annual turkey dinner at Bullys next week will got to aid an ailing mother of three fighting breast cancer . . . A visitor to the RMTC Saturday was Jon Leibel from Regina, the man who sold the present starting gate to the RMTC . . . With one week remaining the jockey standings remain tight, but Ramiro Sanchez Castillo is now on top with 20 wins, picking up six on the weekend . . . Scott Sterr is next in line with 19 and Blandford Stewart has 17 . . . William Leech has 11 wins in the training division and Lyle Magnuson has nine . . . The final weekend of racing is a four-day affair, this Friday through Monday . . . Post time Friday is 6 p.m. and its 1:05 the next three days.