Monday, 13 May 2013 09:02

Mothers Day weekend racing

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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Stan Marks says he's 39, but the numbers are just about reversed.

Truth is Stan is 85 years of age, but it didn't stop him from winning a pair of races on the Rocky Mountain Turf Club's six-race Mother's Day card. The wins knot him with Lyle Magnuson for the trainer's lead after four days of racing, with three apiece.

Stan's first win Sunday came with Brahms Beauty in the five furlong third and in the fourth, over the same distance, Cappuchino Girl lead the field home. The Girl is by Cappuchino out of Canadiana Hopefull by Honor and Glory and was bred at Highfield Stock Farm in Alberta.

"Hey, its gettin' better," Stan said with a laugh after the fourth race. "This Cappuchino Girl is a nice little horse, but you know, when my horses win I'm always surprised . . . I don't know why, but I am." The $15,000 300-yard Quarter Horse Markell Bonus Challenge for three-year-olds and upwards was taken by Laurie Ferguson's Legacy's A Streakin, with a huge piece of ground separating her from SR Rode Tah Glory in second, stopping the clock at 15.410. Legacy, owned by Ed Borgstom, is a dapple grey mare by Streakin La Jolla out of Legacy Tells All by Corona Cartel.

"She's a very nice horse," said rider Tyler Walker.

"I'm lucky to have a chance to ride her. Me and Laurie have been doing good this year. I'm riding her Miracle Recovery in the Quarter Horse Maiden Finals this coming weekend. I hope I can out-foot them at the gate once again." Jim Depew wasn't on hand Saturday to see his second win of the year cross the wire, but Vincent Alvin Palmer had things nicely in hand.

Palmer took the lead as the horses hit the back stretch and extended it as the eight horses headed for home in the five furlong, eighth race for horses three years old and upwards.

"Jim is my main boss," said Vincent with a smile. "He has some useful horses, to be sure.

"I used to do a lot of work for Bob Gwilliam too, but now Jim is my main ride.

"Today (Saturday) I was trying to give the 2 horse some room (Imarainbowrider) when I cut down. Being out of the eight hole it is kind of ticklish. But when we made the turn I led virtually all the way." The Depew four-year-old is by Kitalpha out of Divine Wine by Father Steve, bred in Kentucky by Burning Sands Stables.

The win was Palmer's second of the Rocky Mountain Turf Club's Spring Meet, as it was Depews.

Tall (5-foot-9) Tyler Walker made a nice move, from inside to outside, to give smooth-running Porcelain the victory in the opening five-furlong maiden.

"Was that exciting or what," exclaimed the boisterous Walker."I thought I might be in trouble puling out that far, but it was exactly what we needed. I didn't panic. The track was nice, so there was no problem where you ran." Porcelain paid 8.70. 3.60 and 2.40 to give Les Adams his second training win of the meet.

Adams' horse is by Finality out of Cheese Land by Badger Land and was bred in British Columbia.

Speaking of B.C., that's where Walker did his riding last year.

"I raced at Hastings in Vancouver, but I moved here so I could be on top of the pile instead of the bottom," Walker said with a laugh.

There were some fine races Saturday, with Teagan Oulton winning her first of the year aboard Want The Facts, in a photo.

BEHIND THE STARTING GATE... There was a step back in time along the paddock rail as Brian Dudley, a saddler from long time ago, stopped by to watch son Kevin at work . . . Scott Sterr won the second race Saturday with plenty of ground to spare in a 300 yard sprint. . . Veteran trainer Phil West, in his 80s, says he has no plans of calling it a day . . . "I just wouldn't have anything to get up for in the morning," the full-bearded trainer said with a laugh . . . He has a new horse he picked up in Phoenix he's anxious to see run this spring . . . Jockey Jackie Smith saying she's happy to ride one or two a day - "I've paid my dues" . . . Saturday saw ideal racing conditions but Sunday's large Mother's day crowd managed to see the weatherman stir up the usual Lethbridge winds . . . next racing is Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Whoop-Up Downs, with post time at 1:05 p.m.

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