The final weekend at Rocky Mountain Turf Club provided entertainment for all ages with some great horse races for the adults and all kinds of kids activities.
The Stakes Race action began on Sunday with the Fillies Oaks Stakes and and trainer Garry Marks and jockey Trevor Simpson teamed up for the win on, "Causin' Mischief", while Laurie Ferguson's, "Small Surprise", finished a strong second and was ridden by Juan Apango.
The Amtote Derby saw an exceptional three-year-old by the name of, "Tucker Time" put on a great display of running. Neville Stephenson was on board for the victory on the Courtney Ross-trained horse.
On Monday, the Farewell Stakes saw Marks and Simpson team up again for the victory as Simpson masterfully brought, " Blue Jeans N Beer", home for an easy victory over their nearest rival who was, "Remarkable Vintage", trained by Colten Mead and ridden by Juan Apango.
The biggest shocker of the weekend was in the Filly and Mare stakes — the Dating Game Stakes — as the heavy favourite, "Pretty Dark Rose", didn't perform as expected, beating only one horse and Marks and Simpson teamed up one more time for the victory aboard, "Candy Red", while Juan Apango did a tremendous job on the longest shot on the board, "Golden Bayers", bringing the Mankumar Mohindee-trained horse in for second place money.
Before Sunday's races started, long time veteran horse,"Eighty-Eight'' was honored with an official retirement. Rusty Smith, owner and trainer of, "Eighty-Eight", bought the horse for $2,500 years ago and says it was one of his best investments as the 14-year-old gelding is retiring with earnings over $110,000 and according to the the local veterinarian, is sounder than most four-year-olds. Rusty has found a very good home for, "Eighty-Eight", to whom we all extend our wishes of a happy retirement for the classy veteran.
Trevor Simpson had a monster weekend of racing and easily pulled away with the leading rider award for the fall meet, while Nellie Pigeau hung on to pick up the leading trainer award.
The handle was outstanding again for the final weekend and speaks well for the future of Community Racing in Alberta. The future looks bright for the Community Circuit with a boat load of optimism from the trainers. There were a number of horses claimed on the last weekend of racing, which tells you how much confidence there is for the Community Circuit.