This weekend may not have featured the large payouts of the past Alberta Bred races and next weekend's B Cup races, but there was some quality horse racing at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club just the same.
RMTC leading trainer Lyle Magnuson, had three wins during the weekend, one of them with RMTC Stable's Miss Moochie, with Larris Allen aboard. Miss Moochie is by Real West out of Mucclacclaro by Cape Town and was bred in Alberta by Max Gibb, Talking with Lyle, I called her a class horse.
"She's a nice horse, but I consider a class horse one that runs in the Kentucky Derby," he said with a laugh.
He also won with Sharis Report, a five and a half furlong run with Larris Allen in the irons and Friday with his own horse, Ty Goes Gold, again with Allen on the horse's back, he won again.
"There may not be the high payouts of last week's Alberta Bred nor this coming weekend's B Cup races, but these are all good races this weekend with some nice horses in the field. And most of those fields are filled with eight horses. "There are horses here now from Montana, Winnipeg, Edmonton and even Hastings, which is a feather the RMTC cap.
"These were all good races this weekend, with some very good horses." Sunday's feature, the $5,200, mile and an eighth Starter Allowance 2nd Leg was a pleasure to watch.
Regroup stalked the field, always three of four back, and when he made his move there was no doubt about who owned the race.
"That's how we figured the race would go, in fact the farther he goes the better he does," said winning trainer Rosa Lee Burbank, racking up her fourth win of the Fall Meet.
From Washington, near Grand Forks, Rosa Lee said she just enjoys the people of the RMTC and Lethbridge itself.
"We have no place else to run down home and a friend told us to come up here and we're happy we did. Regroup is a very well behaved horse, he's a real sweetheart. He'll probably retire as a kids horse." She laughed and said her share of the purse Sunday would likely go towards some new fencing at home.
Her daughter, Tracy Turner, is also running at the RMTC this Fall and has a pair of wins to date.
Regroup is by Honor and Glory out of Buttercup's Song by Unbridled's Song and was bred in Kentucky and has won about $45,000 in his racing career.
Two former leading RMTC female riders, Angelle Carter and Terri Landaker, came through with wins Saturday on the training side of things.
Wilson won a 400-yard sprint with her own horse, Tres Seis Smooche, ridden by Ramiro Sanchez Castillo. Landaker stuck with one of the few female riders this year at the RMTC, Danielle DiBert, for the seventh furlong eighth race and it paid off. She brought the often claimed Master's Bluff home ahead of the field by a fair stretch.
Master's Bluff is by Raise The Bluff out of Last S A by Peterho and was bred in Washington.
Carter's winning horse was by Tres Selsout of Sheza Sovereign Dash by Royal Sovereign and was bred in Alberta by Carter.
Larris Allen took a big leap in the jockey's standings with six wins and now has 14 for the Fall Meet. He moved ahead of Trevor Simpson with 13 and Ramiro Sanchez Castillo at 10.
Magnuson keeps adding to his lead in the training standings with eight, well ahead of the field. A key to his success is he rides Larris Allen, and Allen's main success of course is he rides for Magnuson.
BEHIND THE STARTING GATE... Parade Marshal Shirley Clark was relieved and pleased last weekend when she returned to her acreage near Okotoks... the heavy snows had broken off branches from the trees along her fence, but her son was on hand before she arrived home and trimmed all the dead trees and neatly piled the branches... The weekend weather was ideal for Fall racing and the fans were in the grandstand, not sitting inside... The final race Sunday was worth waiting for... A $2 Triactor with the 8-1-5 horses paid $1,108.40... The Oberholtzer boys won three race Sunday, Kevin two and Daniel one... Two veterans of the track, Pete Dubois and Stan Marks both came through with winners Saturday... Next racing at Whoop-Up Downs is the prestigious B Cup Series Sept. 27 and the Alberta Bred Futurity Trials on the Sunday... The Friday night card begins at 6 p.m. the rest of the racing tarts at 1:15 p.m.