Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Week 3 at RMTC Preview

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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Fans will have to wait until the eighth race Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club to watch a speed dash for $22,506 - the Bank of America Maiden Challenge. The eight horses will cover a distance of 350 yards.

The eight horse field includes four entries from trainer Laurie Ferguson who has been on a win streak this spring but coming out of the eighth hole will be Dream Catch Her trained by William Leech. The Ferguson horses are Jessa Merlot, Invisible Wagon, Speediac and First Prize Beach.

There will be eight races on Saturday's card, perhaps the another notable race being the seventh race where the 2013 horse of the year Dubla Gold, owned and trained by Pete and Erna Dubois, makes its first start of the Spring. Gold is in tough in the eight horse field including Stan Marks with Excess Baggage.

One of the RMTC's top trainers, Lyle Magnuson, will have his Star Catcher running in the opening race.

Sunday there's another eight race card, and like Saturday's program post time is 1:15 p.m.

Every race Sunday is a $3,200 purse affair and many will be watching the seventh race where Norm Cuthbertson and his Beau Gris makes its second appearance of the season. The opening race features some top trainers, with Lyle Magnuson having Ty Goes Gold and CR Killi, one of the top horses of 2013. Stan Marks has Caesar's Son and Rick Wiest has Shootitinthebush.

Angelle Carter, who recorded her first win last weekend, has CJGustar El Viento going in Sunday's fourth race against others including MS Ruby Corona, trained by William Leech.

In the fifth Kevin Oberholtzer has two horses going the six furlong distance, I Feel Free and Bull Time.

Saturday at Gleichen, at 1 p.m., a funeral will be held for long-time horseman, Jim Monro, whose career spanned more than 55 years. In his early days one of Jim's frequent riders was a young RMTC CEO Max Gibb.

After two weekends of racing the leading trainer is Laurie Ferguson with four wins to date.

Knotted in second with three wins are Lyle Magnuson, Kurt Carlton and Stan Marks. The leading riders after two weekends, all with five wins, are Tyler Walker, Blandford Stewart and Larris Allen.

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