Sometimes the racing planets are all in a line and the right people win the right races.
Sunday, Sean P. Evans turned in a rare first - and a first for him - when he rode the winning horse in the Canada Quarter Horse Cup $23,742 Derby and then the $75,966 Futurity.
For Sean it was a career day. He won the Futurity aboard Janet and Barry Sather's Cruisinfourabruisin in a tight photo finish and he dominated the 400-yard Derby aboard Bruce Iron Shirt's Zoomin Daphne.
The Futurity winner is by First Timber out of Tagulator by Royal Evening Snow and was bred in Alberta by the Sathers.
"Janet was all teary-eyed in the winner's circle," said Sean. "She was as happy as can be. It is nice to see her win, she has done a lot for horse racing here in Lethbridge.
"It was a close race. I knew I had the horse on the outside, but I wasn't sure about the horse on the rail (Wave Rocker).
“Its definitely a nice day to win the Derby and Futurity back to back. I can use the money, especially when my wife (Shayna) and I are expecting our first. However the buckles and trophies are nice - the money soon disappears by the others last forever, for my grand kids maybe." Another of the special people in racing, Bruce Ironshirt, owner and trainer of Zoomin Daphne, has been saying all year it only takes one good horse to win the Derby, and he always felt he had that horse.
"We pulled it off!" the excited Kainai horse-owner said. He was waving both arms for all his Kainai friends to join him in the winner's circle to share his big moment.
"Bruce was really happy," said Evans.
Zoomin Daphne is by Azoom out of La Reha de La Nocha by First Down Dash.
"We brought Sean in specially to ride in the Derby. He came from Vancouver to Edmonton to here to ride, and we won!" Exclaimed Bruce.
"I got Daphne after she had run three races and hadn't won. When I started training her we started winning. (Six of her last seven)." She has also qualified for a Quarter Horse Cup Challenge race, the Adeguan Derby Challenge in Iowa, after qualifying at Grande Prairie this summer.
"We'll be representing all of Canada," Bruce said with a smile.
Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb was smiling and talking louder and more animated than ever after Saturday's Alberta-Bred card. Not only was there a good crowd taking in the event, but Gibb even had a winner on the day's eight-race card.
"We had a super Alberta Bred race card with all seven races having full eight-horse fields, as well as our 660-yard Quarter Horse Stakes, the Whoop-Up Classic - it was a fabulous day of racing," said Gibb. "Sunday was equally exciting with the Quarter Horse Derby and Futurity closing out the weekend.
"Personally it felt great Saturday when our Lyle Magnuson-trained He's Italian won the $9,200 Alberta Bred Stake, over five and a half furlongs. Its always nice when a horse you bred yourself wins." He's Italian, ridden by Larris Allen, is by City Zip out of She's Italian by Hail the Rukus, bred Gibb at his Rocky Mountain Turf Club Stables.
It could have been a double win for Gibb, except for Angelle Carter. Her Bradley Russell edged out Gibb's Italian By Marriage to take the $9,050 Alberta Bred Stake for Three Year olds.
Ramiro Sanchez Castillo rode the winner over the six furlong course. Angelle bred the winner who is by Kirdashi out of Get Ready For This by Game Plan.
Angelle had another big win coming her way when Smile Lee, owned by Raymond Nikiforuk and trained by Angelle, won the seven furlong, $9,200 Alberta Bred Stake For Fillies and Mares.
Carter, who seems to always be smiling, was just beaming with her double win on the day, meeting and beating the top Alberta Breds at the RMTC track.
Smile Lee was bred in Raymond by its owner and is by Zuppardo's Future out of Sunny Treasure by Jalaajel.
Angelle was once the leading rider at the RMTC and now she's among the top trainers at Whoop-Up Downs.
The Whoop-Up Classic which Gibb eluded to was taken by Glittering Blue, trained by William Leech and ridden by his favourite Quarter horse rider Ramiro Sanchez Castillo.
Sunday Laurie Ferguson got into the winner's Circle when Im Hott Ur Not won the 400-yard Quarter Horse Stake Cup Classic.
Also Sunday, the Canada Cup Futurity Consolation was taken by Raging Wave, ridden by Larris Allen and trained by Kurt Calton. While the rest of the field was battling down low, Raging Wave came out of the eight hole and swept past the field.
BEHIND THE STARTING GATE... It was great to see eight races with full eight-horse fields Saturday, all of them quality horses... Jockey Trevor Walker spending some time between races exercising a nagging injury to his right leg... Another top rider, Scott Sterr, in the bleachers for Saturday's card waiting for his ride in Sunday's Futurity... Veteran horseman Elije Bourne giving his brother Leonard a hand in the paddock with Leonard's Sunhaven... It was a nice Fall weekend for racing, with a few brave souls even dressed in T-shirts... Lyle Magnuson riding a bike from the paddock to the starting gate Sunday... The leading rider for the fall Meet is Trevor Simpson with 11 wins while the training scene has six or seven people all within a race or two of each other... Next racing at the RMTC is this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with post time Friday 6 p.m.