Thursday, 03 July 2014 14:12

Final Weekend Preview at RMTC

Written by Garry Allison, Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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It's the final weekend of horse racing for this Spring at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club and its going out with a bang! "There'll be 18 races, nine Saturday and nine Sunday, with the closing race of the Spring Meet Sunday an $8,000 Fillies and Mares Stake," said RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "This will be a seven furlong run featuring some for the finest female horses with have at the track, going head to head.

"One of the features of our Saturday card will be our first mile and sixteenth race of the season.

"This race is really a head-to-head competition among two horses from Nellie Pigeau, two from Robert Gwilliam and one from Brian Norlander.

"These distance races are a favourite with the fans." For those who love the Quarter horse sprints some of the best horses at the RMTC will go head on in back-to-back 350-yard sprints in Saturday's second and third races.

An eight-horse, six furlong race will close out Saturday's card. Sunday the Quarter horses will be stretching it out with a 400 yard sprint, and for the ambitious ones there's a three furlong run, a race which attracts both Thoroughbreds and Quarter horses.

"We have lined up our races to suit our horsemen this weekend, trying to accommodate those who feel they missed too many days due to rain," said Gibb. "There may be some races with horses new to the bettors.

"We have $28,900 in purse money Saturday and $34,000 up for the horsemen on Sunday.

"Also, with the 18 races in two days it gives the jockeys ample opportunity to take over first place. As well, our trainers have some races to get in with some of their horses who have only run once or twice this Spring." In the race for top rider, not including Millarville, Larris Allen leads the way with 27, followed by Trevor Simpson with 23 and Blandford Stewart and Ramiro Sanchez Castillo with 21.

Tyler Walkers has 19.

Lyle Magnuson is the leading trainer to date with 19 victories, followed by Rick Wiest at 15 and Laurie Ferguson and William Leech at 11.

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