It seems like a very short spring, especially when you consider the Rocky Mountain Turf Club is entering into its final two days of the Spring Meet.
There will be eight races this Saturday and Sunday as the RMTC horsemen return to Whoop-Up Downs from celebrating Canada Day at the Millarville track.
Saturday’s card here in Lethbridge has two Quarter horse sprints lined up along with six Thoroughbred romps. The opening race on the card is a 300-yard Quarter horse dash and the third is a 350-yard sprint. The remainder are two five and a half furlong runs and the final four races cover six furlongs.
The eighth race is a full field of eight with horses like Dr. Mackee from Debbie Cunnington from Kalispell, Lyle Magnuson’s Redboard, Rusty Smith’s Eighty Eight, Jon Poirier’s Rocky Ice as well as Wade Eno’s Ride To Glory.
The opening race has five speedy Quarter horses, including League of Ivory Bugs, Small Town Story, When N Rome, Its Official and Howdoyalikeyourtoys.
“Sunday we wrap up in style with the eighth and final race a $9,000 Fillies and Mares Stake over seven furlongs,” said RMTC CEO Max Gibb. “We have a full field for this, our final race of the Spring.
“Angelle Carter’s good horse Smile Lee is in here as are two of the Birdrattler family horses, Teaca and Lillie Abbie, along with Gents Little Lady, Marcado, Soul Spinner, Gold Kiss and Aunt Lucy.
“We also have the Bar None Spring Futurity with eight horses coming together for the three furlong dash. Lyle Magnuson will have four horses in here and Marlon Draper, the Bar None Ranches trainer has two, while Allan Goodsell and Allan Brown round out the field.”
Opening up the day will be a five furlong Canada-U.S. Challenge with six entrants. In here will be 88-year-old Stan Marks with Awesome T and Calvin Strandquist’s Change of Plan. There’ll be four other short-distance speedsters as well.
The card includes two five and a half furlong races and three races over six furlongs.
“Besides the four horses Magnuson has in the Bar None feature he has one in the second, one in the third and fifth, and two in the sixth and one in the seventh,” said Gibb. “He’ll certainly be the busiest trainer closing day. Other notable trainers will be Jim Depew in the third with Excitabull You, Pete Dubois in the sixth with Gallant Game and Stan Marks in the seventh with Herculean.
“Of course the Sunday will see the wind-up of the leading raider and trainer races, and they promise to be dandies.”