Friday, 17 May 2013 14:49

Long Weekend of Racing at RMTC

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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This Saturday through Monday marks the first long weekend of racing this year at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club. To help celebrate the three days of live racing there's the running of the Preakness, a test for Orb to see if the second leg of the Triple Crown is in order. "As is the case with the Triple Crown races we'll have a great party here at Whoop-Up Downs to go along with the live racing," says RMTC CEO Max Gibb.

There are six live races on tap each day with post time at 1:05 p.m. "We have a super Quarter horse race on tap for Saturday, over 350 yards with a guaranteed purse of $24,273," says RMTC Race Manager Dot Stein. "This promises to be an exciting one." Saturday's sixth race is the feature race of the weekend, spotlighting the Alberta Quarter Horse Association Maiden Finals.

Following is the list of qualifiers, by post position, with the name,  qualifying time, trainer and jockey for Saturday's 350-yard sprint: Im Hott UR Not, 18.06, Laurie Ferguson, Ramiro Castillo; Cathouse Katie, 18.33, Bobby Overturf, Teagan Oulton; Northforkzoom, 18.26, William Leech, D. Lewis; Tailor Tac, 18.09, Janice Sather, R, Moreno; Miracle Recovery, 18.16, Laurie Ferguson, Tyler Walker; Snowboundbest 17.89, Dean Frey, Scott Sterr; Perry Famous, 18.31, Bucky Stockwell, S. Evans; and Terratima, 18.33, Les Webb, Blandford Stewart.

"Each day through the holiday weekend we will feature six races, with many of them full fields, along with the complete Preakness card via satellite," says Gibb. Another big race Saturday will be the fourth, with a $3,400 purse featuring Norm Cuthbertson's Beau Gris with Blandford Stewart in the irons and Darcy Ralph's Lucky Thirteen, Teagan Oulton aboard.

Monday's third race matches Jim Depew's Mr. Excessive, ridden by Vincent Alvin Palmer with Dennis Dorchester's Socks Are Up, Teagan Oulton aboard. Rounding out the field are Inca Roca, another Depew Horse Full Impact, and Sporttime.

With two weekends under their belts, the leading trainers are Lyle Magnuson and 85-year-old Stan Marks with three wins apiece. Jim Depew, Les Adams, Laurie Ferguson and Robby Overturf all have two wins apiece. Tyler Walker leads the jockeys with four wins while defending leading rider Larris Allen and Ramiro Sanchez Castillo both have three wins.

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