Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:06

Second Leg of Marathon Series highlight of RMTC Weekend

Written by Dale Johnson, RMTC
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Bucky Stockwell working in the barns at RMTC Bucky Stockwell working in the barns at RMTC

The second leg of the Starter Allowance Marathon series with a distance of a mile and an eighth, was the highlight race of the weekend at Rocky Mountain Turf Club. "Bull Time", ridden by Larris Allen and trained by Danny Oberholtzer, has now won the first two legs of the series with a convincing victory over, "Master's Bluff", who is trained by Nellie Pigeau and was ridden by Blandford Stewart, also finished second in the first leg of the series two weeks earlier.

The long-awaited return of the Indian Relay races is happening this coming weekend. In the spring, parimutuel wagering occurred on the Indian Relay races for the first time in the world and a record handle was produced. The amount of teams is doubling this weekend to twelve, and there is every reason to believe that the handles will exceed what transpired in the spring.

Bucky Stockwell

One of the more interesting trainers at Rocky Mountain Turf Club is Bucky Stockwell. Bucky Stockwell's father was a cowboy and Bucky picked up the art of working with horses at a very young age.

Bucky had a fondness for cutting and reigning horses, and showed them as well. As a young man, Bucky met Jerry Stojan, who got Bucky into the horse racing business with a quarter horse. Bucky jokes that his first wife never liked Jerry for the introduction into horse racing. Bucky says she's no longer his wife and he's still racing horses. Bucky laughs and says that was in 1977. The first place Bucky raced a horse was Teepee Creek, and from there went to Grande Prairie. He then sent that horse to Kenewick, Washington. This was a filly he bought at a yearling sale. When he showed the papers to Jerry Stojan, Jerry responded with, "We should be running this horse". Bucky says he didn't have a clue what he was doing and gives all the credit to Jerry Stojan for his help. He wound up sending the horse to Herb McNally and returned to farming in Whitecourt.

In 1979 Bucky moved to Salmon Arm, B.C., and ran in the B circuit of British Columbia. In 1982, Jerry Stojan passed away and Bucky took a couple of his horses for his wife and ran them in Alberta. He came to Lethbridge every fall and he liked it in Lethbridge. Horse racing died out in B.C. in 2002 and Bucky came to Alberta full time again. In 2005 Bucky and his wife Bev, moved to New Mexico and Bucky proudly states that he won races drug free in places like Albuquerque and Rio Dosa.

Bucky sold out in 2012 and came back to Alberta because his wife Bev had lost her father and they wanted to be closer to Bev's mother, so they bought an acreage in Camrose to achieve that.

Last year they sold their place in Camrose and now Bucky says they live in an R.V. and have a six-horse trailer for the horses. Bucky now plans on going to Los Alamitos this winter and try his luck out and enjoy the winter weather. Bucky says he is lucky to have a wife, Bev, who can train horses as well, as it affords him the opportunity to to be at one track with horses, while Bev can be at another track with their horses.

Bucky and Bev Stockwell are two of the good people in horse racing and we're lucky to have them.

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