Thursday, 03 July 2014 14:10

Millarville Racing Wrap-up

Written by Garry Allison, Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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MILARVILLE - When it was all over, the splendor, the horse races and the surrounding show, a handful of Canada Day celebrants went home $22,221 richer for their $2 Triactor wager in the Millarville Classic.

Justanother Bob, with the RMTC's leading jockey Larris Allen aboard, and Allan Brown the trainer, won the mile and an eighth $10,000 Classic, paying 12.00, 4.30 and 3.40 to cap off another super day in the tiny mid-Alberta town.

The Tri was 3-5-8, Jusanother Bob, Pipestone Flyer and Rascal Cat.

Besides the happy Triactor ticket holders, Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb had a big smile on his face.

Not only did he pull off another successful meet, but he won the first and third races as an owner.

Max's Weaselhead, trainer by William Leech took the opening 350-yard Paint race, grabbing the winner's share of the $7,000 purse. Trainer William Leech teamed with one of his favourite riders, Ramiro Sanchez Castillo to win the 350-yard sprint.

In race three, Lyle Magnuson teamed with his favourite rider, Larris Allen, to bring the RMTC Stables' Laine and Chase home over the fiver furlongs.

"You couldn't wish for a better day, blue skies, full race cards, thousands of fans, and two winners," said Gibb with a big grin. "Really, on a day like this there's no better was to spend Canada Day." Millarville is a favourite track for Raymond's Jim Depew and the venerable trainer-owner won there again Canada Day. His Pure Vertical topped a five furlong run with Vincent Alvin Palmer aboard. It seems there isn't a Millarville meet where Depew, who has a deeper pedigree than most of this horses in the meet, doesn't win at least one.

Another key RMTC trainer, Pete Dubois, came out on top in the seven furlong fifth race. Tyler Walker brought home General Gabe to grab the biggest share of the $5,000 purse.

Likeable Nellie Pigeau, and her rider Blandford Stewart, won the fourth race, a five furlong affair, with Bob Top.

One of the largest purses of the day came in the second race where Laurie Ferguson, who seldom sees her horses win because she's always at the starting gate, had a winner with Sepretariat. Like the others, Ferguson teamed with one of her favourite riders, Tyler Walker, in the $10,000, 350- yard sprint.

Some of the horses will head north to Grande Prairie for the summer meet up north while many of the trainers and owners head back to Lethbridge's Whoop-Up Downs for the final two days of the Spring Meet, this Saturday and Sunday.

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