Its been a long, but a fun haul, and now the Rocky Mountain Turf Club Fall Meet is drawing to a close.
With racing this Saturday through Monday the horses go out in a blaze of glory. This Saturday there'll be five big races including the $8,000 Bully's Futurity covering six furlongs then they have another $8,000 purse in place for the Fillies Oakes, once again covering six furlongs, "Also Saturday we have the Farewell Stakes for three year olds and upwards, over seven furlongs for another purse of $8,000" said RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "As well we have the annual Rufus Goodstriker Memorial Race, run in remembrance of the former Kainai Chief and avid horseman.
Rounding out Saturday's card will be a favourite race of mine, as well as a crowd favourite, the Paint Derby. This is a $7,350 sprint over 440 yards." Sunday, race fans will be treated to three features, and two memorial races. The Alberta Bred Futurity is a $65,842 purse covering 350 yards.
Following are the eight qualifies for the Futurity, listed by the horses names, the, trainer and time in the trial: 1. Big Hoss Rollin, Angelle Carter, 19.548; 2. Cruisinfourabruisin, Janice Sather, 20.579; 3. Pros Rockstar, Laurie Ferguson, 20.550; 4. Tequila Tuesday, Janice Sather, 20.588; 5. Juno Dat Timber, Les Adams, 20.618. 6. Rockette Buck, William Leech, 20.632; 7. Canadian Timber, Les Adams, 20.661; 8. Splashy Mamacita, Janice Sather, 20.670.
There's also there's the Amtote Open Derby for three year olds covering a mile and a sixteenth with a $9,000 purse. The last of the big money races is the $8,000 Dating Game for Fillies and Mares. The Alberta Bed Futurity Consolation will be the first race on Sunday's card.
"We also have Memorial races for two fine horsemen, the Edmund Wolfchild Memorial and the Ivan Clark Memorial, the latter sponsored by Ivan's widow, our RMTC Parade Marshal Shirley Clark.
"We have a super Monday to wind up our Fall Meet," said Gibb, "There will be an AQHA Aged Stake, a 400 yard sprint with a $9,250 purse. We'll close out our Fall Meet with the seven furlong Keep On Keepin' On feature. We've had a great Fall an overall great year here at the RMTC and we hope you enjoy our farewell weekend." As well the conclusion of the Fall Meet will see the top rider named, in an extremely close race, as well as the leading trainer.