This weekend is the Rocky Mountain Turf Club's answer to the Breeders Cup, spotlighting seven High Paying B Cup races.
"For the RMTC this B Cup Series is our answer to the Breeders Cup extravaganza at the end of the month for the best horses in the world," says RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "Fact is, this is the biggest B horse racing day in North America.
"These races are open to the best horses off any track on the B circuit tracks. The series is open to any horse that has run at least three times on an Alberta B track this year, with at least two of those races here at RMTC. That way a horse off the A tracks can't come in and steal any of the races." There will be more than $56,000 in purse money for this B Cup Series which includes races for 2 year olds, 3 year olds and upwards, 3 year olds, fillies, fillies and mares, and the B Cup Sprint.
There'll be nine races Saturday, seven of them B Cup affairs toped off by the B Cup 3 year Old and Up Classic, a mile and sixteenth race with a seven-horse field featuring horses like Regroup, Mamoonya, Slews Academy, Justanother Bob, Gold Kid, We Taught Ed and Paige S Peak.
"Though its nice, its not the money that sets the B Cup apart," say Gibb. "This weekend you'll see the finest horses the Community Circuit has to offer, trained by the best in the business and ridden by the finest riders we have here at the RMTC.
"We'll have horses from throughout western Canada and even some from the northwestern United States, as well as our own Alberta horses, not just raced here in Alberta, but many bred right here in Alberta." Top horses like Dubla Gold, Careless Hunter and He's Italian will go in the B Cup Sprit of five and a half furlongs.
Friday's card, which begins at 6 p.m., features six races, four of them with eight-horse fields.
Sunday's card will have eight races, the opening five 400-yard Alberta Bred Futurity Trials. The finals for the eight fastest of these 35 horses will be the $50,000 Alberta Bred Futurity Oct. 12. "These sprints underline the advancement of the Alberta Bred program, and you'll see some fine race," says Gibb.
The race for the Fall Meet's leading rider is a tight one. With three weekends to go Larris Allen, the leading jockey in the Spring, has moved into the lead this Fall with 14 wins, one more than Trevor Simpson. Ramiro Sanchez Castillo has 10 wins.
Lyle Magnuson is the leading trainer with eight wins, twice that of runner-up Rosa Lee Burbank.
The RMTC also offers Vegas-style slots, meals and beverages in Bullys, live music each race day, satellite TV feeds from North America's top tracks and something for the kiddies.