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Big Quarter Horse Weekend At RMTC

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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Rocky Mountain Turf Club
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday Quarter horse people from throughout the province will
converge on the Rocky Mountain Turf Club.

"We are always proud to play host to the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity and then the Derby,
and Futurity Consolation, all on Sunday," says RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "You'll see the best
Quarter horses in Canada in action as they chase the approximate $70,000 purse in the Futurity
and then the $15,000 purse for the Derby.
"Get a good spot along the rail and don't blink. There races are over in a flash.
"There's a lot of money up this weekend, aside from our regular races. We have $45,000 up in
the Alberta Bred Stakes Races. The Quarter horse people will be running for at least $108,800
during the two days."
Saturday the spotlight falls on the Thoroughbreds with six Alberta Bred Stakes races.
The Alberta Bred action begins with the third race, a $7,500 added Stakes for two year olds,
covering five furlongs. The Three Year Olds and Upwards Stakes is a five and half furlong show,
"Our fifth race Saturday is for Alberta Bred Fillies and Mares, over five and a half furlongs,"
says Gibb. "There's a $7,500 added purse in this one. The sixth race is a Stakes race for Alberta
Bred three year olds. It's a six furlong race with a $7,500 purse.
"The seven furlong Alberta Bred for fillies and mares will be seven furlongs, with a $7,500
purse. Our ninth race Saturday is another $7,500 added, this one over seven furlongs for Alberta
Bred three year olds and upwards."
Quarter horse people will also be in focus Saturday with the Quarter Horse Cup Classic the
second race, over 400 yards with an estimated $8,400 purse.
"Saturday's eighth race is our Whoop-Up Quarter Horse Classic," says Gibb. "This is a 660-yard
Quarter horse run with a guaranteed $8,400 purse."
Post time Friday, with six races on tap, is 6 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday 1:05 p.m. sees the
beginning of the action.
Sunday is the big Quarter horse show. Laurie Ferguson saw three of her horses qualify for the
Futurity, out of the trials, and William Leech will send  Weaselhead to the gate, owned by CEO
Max Gibb.
The Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity, the ninth race on the card, saw the top horses named
after the opening weekend trials. They are, in order of gate - first the horse, the time, trainer and
jockey:  KR Remember Me, 18:46, Laurie Ferguson, Tyler Walker; Remington Memories, 18.38,
Laurie Ferguson, Danielle. DiBert; Weaselhead, 18:37, William Leech, Ramiro Sanchez Castillo;
Way To Dough, 18:45, Les Webb, Blandford Stewart;  Honor The Aztec, 18:10, Tom Kenway,
Valentino McBean; Invisible Woman, 18:26, Laurie Ferguson, J. Guerrero;  CR Strawflyn Bux.
18:13, Allen Goodsell, Teagan Oulton.
The Futurity is a 350-yard sprint. Also Sunday, Quarter horse fans will see the 400-yard Canada
Quarter Horse Cup Derby. The Derby has seven horses going to the post, two trained by William
Leech, two by Laurie Ferguson and two by Janet Sather. This race, the seventh on the card, has
an estimated $15,000 and also includes a Bill Kinch-trained horse.
The Futurity Consolation, with an estimated $7,000 purse, is the third race Sunday and will cover
350 yards. Allan Goodsell has three horses in the Consolation and Alvin Crosschild has a pair.


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