"We added the six-race Friday card, which we had to cancel due to a heavy track, to our Saturday and Sunday cards, three races each day," said the RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "It gave those horsemen on the Friday card an opportunity ro run, especially after losing last Friday's card to the rains." One of the nice surprises off the Saturday card was the return to form of Little Einstein who won the seven furlong eighth race.
It had been five trips, even one at Northlands Park, since the Norm Cuthbertson gelding had won. Primera Racing Stables Ltd. had claimed the gelding last October from Allen Goodsell for $5,000, but in seven races since, including Saturday, had only won once. The gelding, with Blandford Stewart aboard, looked good in the win Saturday, Little Einstein is by Cape Canaveral out of Petite Deputy by Silver Deputy and was bred in Alberta by Highfield SF Ltd.
Angelle Carter was all smiles after the All Canadian Cup Futurity Handicap, a 220-yard sprint with a $5,000 added purse. After all, Angelle saw her horses finish first, second and fourth - and her favoured horse, Saqqarah wasn't the winner.
"Philip (jockey Philip Clunis) told me he'd win it," a smiling Angelle said of Dash For The Wind, who covered the 220-yards in 12.35 seconds. "Kari and Keith Schweer (the owners) will be really happy with this win." Carter had four horses in the race, with Saqqarah second and CJ Hezasmilingdown fourth. Her own pre-race favourite was Saqqarah, and he came a close second.
"It was a nice clean start and everything went well from there. With the four horses in one race I was asking a lot from myself what was I doing? But they all were qualified for the race and I had a lot of awesome help.
"The top two, Dash For The wind and Saqqarah, will run again this summer at Gande Prairie in the Challenge Cup. I really thought Saqqarah would take it all, but your know, Dash For The Wind is a pretty nicely bred filly." The filly is bred in New Mexico and is by Furyofthewind out of Dash For Kisses by First Down Dash.
"With Box Top winning its 20th race a few races earlier we had to be sure Beau Gris won its 21st a few races later," trainer Norm Cuthbertson said with a smile. "Beau was sharp today, you could see it in the paddock. He's a real trier and I'll stick with a trier forever." In the featured Open Stakes Sunday, Rick Wiest's Careless Hunter went to the lead out of the gate with Trevor Sampson aboard, just like he was in a three furlong run. But it was a seven furlong race and Pete Dubois' Dubla Gold never recovered from the fast start.
As it was the two horses lead the field all the way and it paid off for Careless Hunter, taking the major chunk of the $9,050 purse.
In Sunday's 6th race Pure Vertical grabbed a win for trainer Jim Depew, and owner Adam Depew. Jim also took the opening race with Orovada.
"Hee haw! We got it done, we took control on the backside," said Jim about Pure Vertical's win.
Pure Vertical is by Hidden City out of Hagerstown by Benton Creek and was bred in Arizona.
But it isn't only the horse who has a pedigree, and its nothing compared to the trainer. Jim's father was Mel Depew who won numerous races in Calgary, Lethbridge and Raymond, as well Jim's wife Barb is from the Bourne family. Not only that, Jim is a direct decedent of the Weeks brothers, who first brought quality Thoroughbreds into southern Alberta.
Speaking of Bournes, Leonard was second Sunday with Russian Russ, and first last Saturday, a fact that pleased him.
"I won one last Saturday and was second today so the time off because of the rain didn't hunt them," he said. BEHIND THE STARTING GATE . . . There was a nice crowd out Saturday and most stayed for all 12 races . . . There was an equally large crowd Sunday with a filtering off before the 12th race . . . Saturday's sixth was a Dead Heat involving Pure Tangle Ridge, Jose O. Rocha aboard and Tyler Walker astride Bugs Lil Magic . . . Kevin Oberholtzer trains the latter horse Buckey Stockwell owns and trains Pure Tangle Ridge . . . In the spirit of camaraderie, jockey Tyler Walker helped Ramiro Sanchez Castillo up on his horse, then simply jumped up on his own, unassisted . . . Leading trainer Lyle Magnuson overheard telling someone, "its pretty easy if you have good horses" . . . A few races later Lyle was making like a Roman rider while hanging wire in the paddock area . . .After all the scratches last weekend it was nice to see a lot of full eight- horse fields this weekend . . . In the unofficial race for top trainer Lyle Magnuson is still ahead with 17 wins, but Rick Wiest is moving up with 14 wins . . . Larris Allen leads the jockeys with 23 victories but Trevor Simpson and Bladford Stewart are right on his tail with 19 wins apiece . . .Next racing at the RMTC is June 27-29.