Coming off a superb weekend of racing, Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb is looking forward to this fourth weekend of the Fall Race Meet. Friday night, with post time at 6 p.m., there'll be six races, starting with a 350-yard sprint and closing out with a seven furlong affair.
"Saturday and Sunday (post time 1:15 p.m.) we have eight races each day,"says Gibb."Our biggest race Sunday is a mile and an eighth Starter Allowance Second Leg with a $4,500 purse.
We have seven entries for this classic distance race. Among the horses is Regroup, Gilded Frost, Again and Gone and Mickeys Hot Corona. These are among the top distance horses at the track.
"Saturday almost all our races have full fields of eight and that makes for great racing. Our final two races will be seven furlong affairs." The weekend's card gives a lot of horses and trainers an opportunity to run after last weekend's Alberta Bred races and next weekend's B-Cup specials.
Some of the horses to watch Saturday are Jim Depew's Mr. Beamer and Skim, both in the third race along with Laurie Ferguson's Holdnjacks in the 400-yard fifth race. As well there's Stan Marks's Brahms Beauty in the sixth race and Master's Bluff, trained by former leading jockey Terri Landaker in the eighth race, with Gail McConaghie's Silent Flame.
Sunday also features five eight-horse cards.
Most race fans will focus on the five furlong sixth race where Norm Cuthbertson's Beau Gris is in action.
The opening two races are 350-yard sprints, both with eight-horse fields sure to make for an exciting, and tight, finish.
Lyle Magnuson and Rosa Lee Burbank lead the Fall Meet trainer standings to date with four wins apiece while Laurie Ferguson, William Leech, Rick Wiest and Robby Overturf are all right behind with three wins apiece.
Trevor Simpson has 11 wins in the jockey's pool, with Ramiro Sanchez Castillo next in line with 10 wins. Larris Allen has eight victories and Blandford Stewart has seven.
Besides the action on the race track fans can enjoy the third-floor Champions Lounge with satellite TV feeds from the tracks around North America.
There's also plenty for the children, live music and Bullys with its Vegas-style slots, food and rink.