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Sept 7-8 RMTC Recap

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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     There was a feeling of foreboding as the Rocky Mountain Turf Club's Saturday card
moved into its feature races. After all, the great Beau Gris had come home trailing Big Step, with
Larris Allen in the irons.

     In the featured sixth there was no doubt Beau Gris, trained by Norm Cuthbertson, would
take it with ease. And hadn't respected trainer Laurie Ferguson, who had a horse in the same five
furlong, $3,400 Allowance, said, "that Beau Gris is tough to beat."
     But Larris Allen ignored the pre-race hype and took his horse to the lead right out of the
gate and led all the way.
     Now how did fans figure the next race, where Dubla Gold was the big favourite? No
worry! There's no doubt this was the show of the day!
     Going into the backstretch jockey Teagan Oulton and Dubla Gold seemed suddenly shot
from a cannon as the bay gelding burst six lengths ahead in the blink of an eye, and from there it
was an easy gallop home.
     "He's running like he knows how now," a smiling owner/trainer Pete Dubois said at the
end of the race. "I told Teagan to ride him however things broke. If he wanted to go to the front
then let him go.      "Teagan knows how to ride that horse, she was in charge today."
     Dubla Gold has now won five of its last seven races, and was second in the other two.
     Trainers are always pleased when they win a race for their owner, whoever it may be. But
Pete was extra pleased because he and wife Erna also own Dubla Gold, by Medalist out of
Litchfield Inn by Golden Act and bred in Kentucky.
     But William Leech went one better in the eighth race as he trained the winner of the three
furlong race, TR Dashing which happened to be owned by his children Haley and Liam.
     "Its great to win one for the kids . . . but I bet they've already spent the money," a smiling
and proud father stated. "That horse has had some tough luck of late and it was nice to see him
win.      "Jockey (Ramiro Sanchez) Castillo has been working the horse hard in the mornings and
that has really helped." TR Dashing is by TR Dasher out of Corona Clique by Corona Cartel and bred in
     Sunday's Starter Allowance, 1st Leg, saw Strikingly Sinful, ridden by Ramiro Sanchez
Castillo and trained by Kevin Oberholtzer beat a full field to pay $19.39. Then, combined with
Just Another Bob, the 2 horse, paid a whopping $727.90 for a $2 Exactor. The winner is by
Include out of Nine Lives by Mountain Cat and is Kentucky bred.
     The win gave Castillo 10 wins for the meet after just two weekends of racing. However,
Larris Allen and Blandford Stewart are close behind with seven wins apiece.
     There are a few solid trainer-jockey combinations at the RMTC and one of them is Larris
Allen and trainer Rick Wiest, both of whom were the tops in their filed during the Spring meet.
     Sunday, Larris brought home Wiest's Fervo to take the seventh race. Fervo is by Unusual
Heat out of Ming by Avenue of Flags and is a California bred horse.
     Then there's the husband-wife combo of Allen Goodsell and wife and rider, Teagan
Oulton. They paired-up in the eighth race Sunday to pay a nice $16.90 for a win with Ann's
     BEHIND THE STARTING GATE . . . Trainer Laurie Ferguson was still quite pleased
with her showing last weekend . . . "It was actually quite a good weekend," she said with a laugh
about qualifying three horses for this Sunday's Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity, a race with a
purse in the $100,000 range . . . Outrider Marsha Willard quietly but deliberately keeping the
pony riders matched up with their horses as they enter the track . . . Larris Allen rode four
winners Saturday and Ramiro Sanchez Castillo was aboard three . . . Chris Spreen was running
Slew O'Bold in the second race, a horse he also runs on his pony chuckwagon . . . One of the
trainers called the Whoop-Up Downs track "soft" this past weekend . . . There were some nice
payoffs Saturday with a $2 Triactor paying $236.10 in the third race and a $2 Exactor hitting for
$219.50 in the fourth race . . . Sunday the $2 Triactor in the fifth race paid a nice $372.90 . . .
Don't miss the 18th annual Yearling Quarter Horse Mixed Sale and Stallion Service Auction at
Exhibition Park Sept. 28 . . . When a flock of geese flew over the pony riders, Nellie Pigeau
hoped they "didn't crap on me" . . . Nellie's pony horse is 16-year-old Key To Class, who was
still racing four years ago . . . And speaking of Nellie, her Again And Gone won the ninth race
Saturday . . . William Leech retained his spot as leading trainer with a win over the weekend
giving him five for the meet . . . Next racing at the RMTC is the super Quarter horse Futurity and
Derby this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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