For decades now, the Rocky Mountain Turf Club has brought race fans the always jam-packed and exciting Millarville Race Meet, just off the Turner Valley highway.
This Wednesday, July 1 the RMTC, under guidance of CEO Max Gibb, has a seven-race card lined up, the seventh race being the $10,000 Millarville Derby.
"There's a full field set for the seventh race Wednesday, with Dr. Mackee from Debbie Cunnington in the final gate. We have some of our top riders involved, with Jose Gonzales aboard Scarpilla in the one hole," says Gibb. "Small N' Big, Pipes tone Flyer, and Mamoonya, with Lyle Magnuson's Real Heart coming out of the middle gates. Harlan Birdrattler's Fellow Eldorado is in gate six and the seven gate holds Shoottinthebush, from Rick Wiest." The Millarville Spring Stake, is a five furlong-$7,000 event, with five horses, including the great Careless Hunter, beat last time out, General Day, Rio Good, Alert The Pres and Montellano from former rider Randy Cunningham.
The remaining four races all have $5,000 purses and are eight five or seven furlong runs.
The opening five furlong run is for fillies and mares, three years old and upwards. You'll see top contenders like Disco Miss, The Little Gene and Flame A Feu among those entered.
"I like the second race with At The Bada Bing, from Lyle Magnuson and Eighty Eight from Rick Smith. In race six look for Want The Facts from Alison Clapton and the two Birdrattler horses, Maputo and Zoar "Race four over seven furlongs, features General Gabe from Pete Dubois, Robert Gwiiliam's We Taught Ed. But don't ovrlook Let It Be Now, Maltese Ping or Glenwick." The fifth race, coming just prior to the big two, has a six-horse field, headed by horses like Cowboy Up from Les Adams, Howie from Harlan Birdrattler and Five De Mayo from Allan Brown.
The Rocky Mountain Turf Club's Millarville Race Meet is a time honoured tradition - more than a 110 years of history in fact. And for horsemen, this Wednesday, July 1, the Canada Day Millarville Race Meet promises some nice paydays during the racing day.
But there's more than racing to be enjoyed, with crafts, baked goodies and other attractions, including large crowds, helping make the Millarville Race Meet a day to remember.
The next, and final, race meet of the RMTC Spring season will be July 4-5 with post time 1:15 p.m. at Whoop-Up Downs.