Monday, 28 September 2015 09:03

Weekend Wrap-up from RMTC

Written by Garry Allison, Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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Charles Stojan experienced the lows of horse racing – finishing second in the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Derby – and then, less than a half an hour later, bounced back to see his horse Toughie, win the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity.

“William Leech is my trainer and he does what he does,” said Charles after Toughie won the $80,361 Futurity.

William took Toughie into the Futurity as the overwhelming favourite.

“I felt the pressure a lot more due to that. I don’t like being the heavy favourite. The other three Cups we weren’t the big favourites and I felt a lot better then,” stated William, who took a lot of teasing about his new haircut and spruced up look for the Futurity.

“I thought he got out of the gate well. This is really a nice filly and Ricky (jockey Ricardo Moreno) said he even had a little horse left,” William added.

Toughie’s people received $35,716 from the $80,361 purse.

Stojan says he has won some smaller Stakes races, and of course he ran second in the Derby.

“This winning is a lot better,” he said with a laugh.

His Goodest was second in the Derby behind a lady who is running hot among the Quarter Horse trainers, Janice Sather.

Janice had to anxiously await the results of a photo to find her Cruisinfourabruisin had indeed bruised Goodest and won the 400 yard, $30,695 Derby. Ramiro Sanchez Castillo was the rider on the winning horse.  The result brought a large war hoop from the normally staid Sather. Her share of the purse is $13,813.

 “He’s the real deal, one in a million,” Janice said of the horse, owned by herself and husband Barry.

“It was a tight finish, but I think we got it with a surge at the end.

“It’s a wonder. I owned his momma and his grandmamma and he’s bred right here in Alberta.”

Cruisinfourabruisin is by First Timber out of Tagalator by Evening Snow and was bred by the Sathers.

Winning the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity Consolation was a consolation in more than one way for owner/trainer Angelle Carter.

Her Quarter horse, Big Hoss Rollin, had qualified for the Derby but due to a paperwork mix-up he ended up out of the big event, so Angelle trained her sites on the Consolation. Her husband Ramiro Sanchez Castillo brought Angelle Baby TNT home on top of the 400 yard sprint.

“At least, after all that mix-up, we won the Consolation,” said Angelle, crediting Ramiro with doing a lot of the training of the horse through the winter, when she was sidelined with a broken hip.

“On top of that the horse flipped over in the starting gate and broke its jaw. But since then she’s been in the money every time out. Today, coming out of the eight hole was the best thing that could happen”

And to top things off the jockey received an affectionate kiss from the trainer – and how often do you see that?

Sunday was the Community Racing Circuit Reunion, with a banquet, dance and a Rocking Chair Race, featuring jockeys of the near and distant past, like Scott Sterr, Twyla Bensmiller, Marsha Willard, Terry Roncin, Andy Scarlett, Tim Smith and Antonio Ramirez.

In the end it was Peter McAleney, aboard Angell Carter’s Storm’s Battle who won the three furlong affair.

“You never lose the thrill . . . but I ain’t coming out of retirement,” McAleney quickly added. “It’s the first time I’ve been on this horse. It was a fun race and we have to thank the sponsors and the people who put it all together.”

BEHIND THE STARTING GATE . . . There was a huge crowd on hand Sunday, the largest of the year, under ideal weather conditions . . . People were lined up three and four deep around the paddock area . . . Pat Bodnard reliving old times with Stan Marks when he used to ride Stan’s horses . . . Even on a day dedicated to the Quarter horses, Larris Allen and trainer Lyle Magnuson, combined for two winners . . . Trainer Laurie Ferguson was hospitalized Saturday evening with a compound fracture of the hip after a horse kicked her . . . With the Community reunion there were hugs and handshakes everywhere, and oodles of stories being told . . . One overheard tale of woe stated “She was good at housekeeping – he’s all alone and she kept the house” . . . Many folks talking about Saturday night’s big Quarter Horse sale in the Exhibition Pavilion, and a $40,000 horse . . . Cliff Miyashiro, a former leading jockey,  among the crowd . . . Next live racing at the RMTC will be Oct. 2-4, with post time Friday at 6 p.m. and the next two days at 1:15 p.m.

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