Saturday, 10 May 2014 00:00

Opening day 2014

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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It sure won't take the Quarter horse people long to become deeply involved in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Turf Club's Spring Meet. Opening day, this Saturday, the Spring Meet kicks off with two key Quarter horse races, the trials for the Bank of America Maiden Challenge.

The two 350-yard sprints feature 14 Quarter horses, seven in each race. Popular trainer Laurie Ferguson has no less then five horses entered, three in the opening sprint and two in the second race. There'll be eight races both Saturday and Sunday, featuring Quarter horses and Thoroughbreds, with post time 1:15 p.m. each day.

Sunday's card opens with two 220-yard Quarter horse sprints with the fourth race another 220- yard sprint. "After the long winter we've had I'm sure everyone is looking forward to a fine spring and some great horse racing," said RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "Considering the winter and late Spring, our track is in pretty good condition. It may be early in the season but we already have some great match-ups.

"We have a great corps of jockeys to kick off our Spring racing, including Tyler Walker, Larris Allen, and Valentino McBean. These, and many other familiar names, will greet the betting public." The Thoroughbreds are limited to three and five furlong races this early in the season on the opening two days.

Returning to the track again for the Spring Meet are two octogenarians, Stan Marks and Phil Wiest, both longtime supporters of racing at Whoop-Up Downs. Saturday's seventh race features Phil Wiest's Mystical Dixie and Stan Marks sends Caesar's Son to the post in the eighth race.

Also in action will be veteran Pete Dubois Sunday in the fifth race with Majestic Lass and in the sixth race Sunday, Norm Cuthbertson will be on hand with his crowd-favourite Beau Gris.

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