It's the holiday weekend, and what better time to head to the race track for a one of a kind comprehensive entertainment treat? There's the excitement of the horses themselves, and then the added thrill of your wager, along with some great food and beverages in Bullys.
"We offer a full entertainment package, whether you a senior of a kiddie, all right here at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club," said the CEO of the place, Max Gibb. "Not only are we a key part of the economy here in southern Alberta, but we have a special niche in the entertainment industry as well." This Saturday, Sunday and Monday will feature seven races each day, with Saturday's card kicking off with a pair of 300-yard Quarter horses sprints. The feature race Saturday will be a five furlong fillies and mares run for three year olds and upwards.
Rick Wiest will have take Divina to the gate and Angelle Carter will have Thanks Dave both to go against C. C. S. Ofrin Ahey, trained by Lyle Magnuson, and others.
"Sunday our final race is the RMTC Markel Bonus Challenge with a $16,736 guaranteed purse," says RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "This is a 300-yard sprint and William Leech has three in here, Tiny Flying Carona, Mals First Down and Northforkzoom.
"This is a classy race with Angelle Carter's Tres Sets Smooches, Bucky Stockwell's Top Gun B, Janice Sather's Keeping Good Karma, Laurie Ferguson with Invisible Wagon and VR Lil Bit Of Ivory from Alison Clapton.
"Holiday Monday we have another seven good races, with our longest to date, five and a half furlongs, featuring Paige's Peak, Mickeys Hot Corona and Pipestone Flyer. As well Monday the fifth race, covering five furlongs, features Tithing trained by Lyle Magnuson, Sizzano from Bob Gwilliam, Riley Rycroft's Hope Faith Gold and Star Catcher from Angelle Carter. All of these trainers were ACTRA award winners." After the opening weekend Ricardo Moreno and Trevor Simpson are neck and neck in the leading jockey race with four wins apiece. Right behind is Larris Allen and Andrew Wright with three wins each.
Les Adams, Lyle Magnuson, William Leech and Riley Rycroft all got off to a good start in the trainers division with two wins apiece. Of note opening weekend was the work of 87-year-old trainer Stan Marks, with a victory and a close third.
Post time all three days is 1:15 p.m.
Besides the races the RMTC has a full array of entertainment, from a large bazar, Dixieland Jazz music, a variety of food and drinks, simulcast wagering, and the kiddies petting zoo and candy scramble.