Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:19

You have Equal... The Real Deal

Written by Dale Johnson, RMTC
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Ruja Lahoe is back racing at RMTC Ruja Lahoe is back racing at RMTC

The Maiden Quarter Horse Stakes took place on Saturday at Rocky Mountain Turf Club and, "You Have No Equal" a three-year-old quarter horse, who made her first lifetime start two weeks earlier in the trials, and won with Dwight Lewis aboard, made it two-for-two in the Maiden Stakes race. Lewis was again on board the William Leech trained filly and had a big finish to secure the victory. Bucky Stockwell, who had the fastest qualifying time with, "Walter's Cartel", two weeks earlier, finished third. Stockwell also ran to a second place finish with, "Ifarm".

On Sunday, two of the best horses at the track squared off in an allowance race. Jacqueline Smith sent out, "Cantchaco" to go up against Lyle Magnuson"s, "General Day, and they did not disappoint. The two worthy foes squared off in a nose-to-nose battle from the time the gate opened. In the last twenty yards, "Cantchaco", pulled ahead of, "General Day", and Shawn Bird Rattler's, "Carson's Fireball", just edged out, "General Day" for second place money.

A familiar face has returned to Rocky Mountain Turf Club. Ruja Lahoe first came to Canada in 2017 and was racing at Hastings Park in Vancouver. In the summer of 2017, Lahoe headed to Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie after signing a riding contract with trainer, Riley Rycroft. Lahoe then came to Rocky Mountain Turf Club for the fall meet. Last year Ruja had some contract issues and couldn't get out of Jamaica to come back to Alberta. This year all systems were a go and Lahoe returned to Rocky Mountain Turf Club only to be injured in a morning gallop on a quarter horse. Lahoe was supposed to be out three to four weeks, but is back after a one-week-hiatus and is ready to ride. Just a tip to any handicappers reading this article, don't leave Ruja out of your exotic wager when he's on a horse.

Live racing resumes this weekend at Rocky Mountain Turf Club with post time 1:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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