Both Saturday and Sunday had excellent attendance at Rocky Mountain Turf Club as there was a lot at stake. Lyle Magnuson and Nellie Pigeau were battling for leading trainer honors, while Trever Simpson, Larris Allen and Blandford Stewart were all vying for the leading rider award for the spring meet.
On Saturday, Lyle Magnuson began to pull away from Nellie Pigeau as he had three wins and Nellie was shut out. Larris Allen, who was trailing Trevor Simpson by four wins put up a huge day with four wins, while Simpson responded with one victory. On Sunday, things began to sort themselves out as Magnuson pulled away from Pigeau to win the leading trainer award, while Allen posted two victories to Simpson's one.
This left Simpson and Allen tied for victories, but when you drop down to place finishes, Simpson had Allen beat for the award.
The most exciting race of the weekend was the final on Sunday, with a Filly and Mare stakes race, seven furlongs in distance, with Antonio Larios pulling off a major off-the-pace upset closing from seventh at the top of the stretch to pick up the victory by just over two length aboard the Bob Gwilliam-trained, "Jazzed".
Max Gibb, CEO of Rocky Mountain Turf club is very pleased with the attendance and handle at the spring meet and feels even more optimistic about the fall meet when horses return to Rocky Mountain Turf Club from Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie on September 1st.
It truly was an amazing meet and we thank all those involved in making it such, especially the incredible grouping of horses that ran at the track.