Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Three Nights of Racing

Written by Garry Allison, Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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I always like to see people who aren't expected to do well succeed, despite what the nay sayers say. Well Friday night, in the first race under the lights - not really, the Rocky Mountain Turf Club had no need for lights during the bright Friday evening - for the Spring Meet, one of those people succeeded.

A former RMTC leading jockey, sidelined by a serious injury, Angelle Carter, has turned her talents to the fine art of training. Well, Angelle not only trained but owned Saqqarah, and happily watched her horse take the 220- yard speed sprint, with Ramiro Sanchez Castillo aboard, in a speedy 12.7 seconds.

"He left the gate well and never looked back," she said with a smile. "I'm starting to get into this training now. I raised this one on my own and that's a bonus for me of course.

"The Paint I ran Saturday, Autumn's Dashing Moon, is out of the super mare Autumns Desert Rose, and you'd think that would be a key to success, but not so far." Sunday, Angelle was beaming again as a horse she bred, owns and trains took the third race. Tres Seis Smooches by Tres Seis out of Sheza Sovereign Dash by Royal Sovereign gave Angelle her second win of the Spring Meet.

And speaking of Paints, RMTC CEO Max Gibb watched Ramiro Sanchez Castillo charge down the 300-yard chute aboard Gibbs Weaselhead to grab the winner's share of the purse.

"Weaselhead is named for the Chief of the Kainai nation" said Gibb."The sire is the sire of the great Royal Woman." Gibb has three Quarter horses named for Kainai Chiefs - Weaselhead of course, then Goodstriker which he bred himself, and Shot Both Sides "Saturday's race was surely competitive all the way. She's a nice horse. I thought she was a straight Quarter horse when I bought her, but I found she was in the same breeding line as Royal Woman, so she qualifies as a Paint." Weaselhead is by Furtreeous out of RC Pass N Time by Its Royal Time.

Last year Weaselhead was in the top qualifiers for the Canada Cup after the trials. But trainer William Leech elected to keep her out.

Later in the card, the fourth race to be exact, another Gibb horse, this one trained by Lyle Magnuson finished on top. Miss Moochie, Larris Allen in the irons, topped the five and a half furlong field, "First of all we have a great crowd out, and the weather is ideal, now I've got four winners in six races," said last season's Alberta Community Thoroughbred Racing Association's breeder of the year. "The neat thing is I bred Miss Moochie and that always makes things better. This weekend is turning out to be - at least for me." Miss Moochie is by Real West out of Mucciaccaro by Cape Town.

Sunday, Gibb kicked off the card with wins in the first two races, first with He's Italian and then with Little Gene. "I was running pretty dry coming into this weekend," Gibb said with a laugh.

Both horses were ridden by Larris Allen and trained by Lyle Magnuson.

After his two quick wins Sunday, Magnuson moved into the lead for top trainer this Spring.

"I had three wins Saturday and then these two Sunday moved me to 10," Lyle said with a laugh. Magnuson said it was only two weeks prior to the meet that he arrived at Whoop-Up Downs to begin working with Gibb's horses.

"But that Miss Moochie Max has, which we won with Saturday, is a real quality horse and coming from Northlands to here, with a drop in class . . . well it makes a difference.

"You know it's a little different making money with these Thoroughbreds than with Quarter horses. With Quarter horses you are running a lot to gain back your own money, through entrance fees and such. With Thoroughbreds, like Max's wins Sunday, you are racing for the track's money." William Leech had his normal smile and bashful way about him as his Free Thought won the third race, a 350-yard sprint Saturday. William had Ramiro Sanchez Castillo aboard, a rider he has said in the past is at his best in the Quarter horse sprints.


BEHIND THE STARTING GATES... One of the nice ladies in racing, Janet Sather, saw her CR Rajun Cajun win the sixth race Friday night... Pete Dubois proved Dubla Gold isn't the only winning horse in his stable when General Gabe, Dwight Anthony Lewis is the irons, won Saturday's seven furlong fifth race... There was a spill in the first turn during Saturday's final race, but jockey Alfredo J. Bautista walked back to the paddock unharmed... He came off Want The Facts in a race won by a Lyle Magnuson-trained horse, At The Bada Bing... Talk among a lot of the horsemen centered on this coming Saturday's Belmont, and most felt California Chrome would go the distance and win the Triple Crown... It rained at Lethbridge Saturday and Sunday, but not until the races were more than finished... The was a large celebration of life going on in the upper levels of the grandstand Sunday in memory of horseman John (Jackie) Crowshoe of the Pikanii Nation... .Jackie enjoyed the RMTC's Champion's Room where he wagered on horse racing, a sport he grew to love and participate in... As May drew to a close for the Spring Meet Lyle Magnuson leads the trainers with 10 wins while Rick Wiest quietly moved into second with nine and Laurie Ferguson had six... Larris Allen and Trevor Simpson lead the jockeys with 11 wins apiece followed by Ramiro Sanchez Castillo with nine... next action at the RMTC is June 1 through 8,

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