Six races this Friday night kick of this weekend's race card, the second-last program of the Spring Race Meet.
Friday, all of races are sure to be crowd-leasers. The card begins with two 300-yard three-year- old and upwards maiden sprints, always exciting racing.
'We'll have a seven-race card Saturday, beginning with two, 300-yard two-year-old maiden races, with horses presented by top trainers, including Buckey Stockwell, William Leech, Les Adams, Laurie Ferguson, Nellie Pigeau and Ronny Overturf," said RMTC CEO Max Gibb.
"Our seventh race offers a full card over five furlongs, with some top horses involved." Sunday is a regular eight-race card with the seventh race the feature.
"The Oldtimers Classic, covers 350 yards and has a purse of $15,300," says Gibb. "William Leech has three horses entered in this speed sprint and Laurie Ferguson has a pair, I'm Hott Ur Nott and Invisible Wagon. Kurt Calton will bring a horse with a good pedigree, Poutin With Speed, to the post.
"This race is for three-year-olds and upwards and includes Leech's three, Mals First Down, Tony Fling Corona and Free thought. Robby Overturf has Hittingonchicks, under saddle.
"Sunday's seven race card includes another 350-yard romp to kick things off and the rest of the day belongs to the Thoroughbreds." The Birdrattler clan, who've been winning a few of late, will be out in force, with Harlan and Dallas going head-to-head in the fifth race, with another pair of Birdrattler horses in the four race, Don Period out of the first gate and Mingo Edge out of gate seven.
For those who like to bet winners, well, Trevor Simpson leads the jockey's parade with 35 wins, while Larris Allen has 21. In the training division Lyle Magnuson has 20 wins, three ahead of Riley Rycroft, while William Leech had 10 There is a pall throughout the RMTC this week when it was learned the general manager of Bullys, Rose Rossi, was dealing with the death of her father, Vincenzo, aged 89, earlier this week. Certainly the horse racing community feels for her and other family members, and offers their condolences.