Even before the first race went off Thanksgiving Monday, there were horse trailers filing out of Whoop-Up Downs.
After 42 days of racing the Rocky Mountain Turf Club track was shutting down, awaiting the finish of Monday's eighth race.
One of the key races on the final day was the AQHRA Aged Stake, a 400-yard sprint for $9,250.
The Stake races was taken by Im Hott Ur Nott - in 19.70 seconds - owned by Ralph Danard and trained by Laurie Ferguson - who only sees the race from the rear because she is at the starting gate with her horse.
The winners were pleased, but they would have to go a piece to top Alison Clayton whose CR Lil Bit Of Ivory finished third behind Angelle Carter's Tres Seis Smooches "He made my Thanksgiving a lot better," Alison exclaimed. "He should have won though, but he ran a hell of a race. He ran good today." It just shows your don't have to be number one to he happy.
In the third race of the day Lyle Magnuson solidified his charge to the top of the trainers list as Hey Italian Lady broke a sting of five second place finishes at Whoop-Up Downs. Hey Italian Lady, owned by RMTC Stable, was bred in Alberta by Max Gibb and is by Real West out of Hey Reba by Rahy.
"Its always nice to win a race, especially after all those seconds, but especially when you bred the horse yourself," said Gibb.
"Lyle does a nice job training our horses all year long and he selected the leading RMTC rider, Larris Allen, to ride for us." The card and the season was closed out with an exciting and perhaps surprising eighth race when Kaylan McCarty brought Maltese Pins home ahead of the pack. Rusty Smith is the trainer of the winner, which is owned by George Bird.
It was the second win of the entire meet for McCarty and paid a nice 13.30, 8.30 and 6.20. The 3- 6 Exactor paid $131 and the $1 Superfecta paid $783.60. Maltese Pins is by Tenpins put of Celtic Sunset by St. Jovite and was bred in Washington.
In the unofficial standings there's no doubt Lyle Magnuson was the top trainer with 15 victories, with Laurie Ferguson next in line with seven wins. Angelle Carter and Rick Wiest were knotted at six wins apiece for the RMTC Fall Meet.
With an in jury taking Trevor Simpson out of the jockey's race it was all left to Larris Allen who took the honours with an impressive 32 wins. Ramiro Sanchez Castillo was next in line with 18 wins and Blandford Stewart followed with 16, followed by Jose O. Roca with 13 wins and Philip Clunis with 10.
BEHIND THE STARING GATE... Jockey Stephen Blakeley won the seventh race astride Keepanosecrets, a Stan Marks horse, and received a dousing with a bucket of ice water from some of his fellow riders... It was nice to see Stan close out the meet with his fifth win... There was a nice crowd out despite it being Thanksgiving Monday... I guess people were trying to win enough cash to pay for their turkey... The supposed broken leg jockey Sean Evans, suffered in Sunday's feature Futurity was no longer "supposed" come Monday... It was a compound fracture, in four places... As Paddock Boss Bob Merluck said in a concerned voice, "it is not good"... Jockey Larris Allen won four races Monday... There was a common theme running among the horsemen as waved goodbye and said "Have a good winter"... And that's our wish for you as well, HAVE A GOOD WINTER!