Friday, 24 May 2013 00:15

Weekend Preview at RMTC

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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Last Sunday, venerable Ivan Clark, who’s favoured Churchbridge crossed the line for a show-ticket in the fourth race made up for it in Sunday's sixth with a winner. The ACTRA Award winner watched Valentino McBean grab the win for him in the sixth race aboard Lot A Smoke.

The punters were smokin' as they jammed 24.90, 7.60 and 3.20 into their jeans and four lucky tickets were cashed in the $1 superfecta, of 6-7-4-2, for a healthy $631.65. Family, a slew of friends, and I'm sure a few lucky punters, filled the winner's circle for a great picture.

"Ivan was the oldest jockey here at the RMTC when he retired about 10 years ago and he's still got some good horses as a trainer," said RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "His horses won a number of Alberta Community Thoroughbred Racing Association Awards the first weekend in May, and few were more deserving.

Ivan's wife Shirley is also active here at the RMTC, serving as our Parade Marshal. They're a great couple." Ivan only runs two horses, and they've been earning money for him ever since he came down to Lethbridge. The 82-year-old says: "Both these horses have been darn good to me," and Ivan has Churchbridge, with Teagan Oulton aboard, scheduled again for this Saturday's six furlong, sixth race.

There will be eight races Saturday and again Sunday, with post time set for 1:05 p.m. Lethbridge and area is under a rain warning from the weather bureau, with up to 100 cm. Forecast for the area.

"The weather people have been wrong before, and besides our track drains exceptionally well," says Gibb. "If things work out we won't get all the water forecast for tonight and Friday so we are hoping to be in fine shape for racing Saturday and Sunday."

The seventh race Saturday features three familiar trainers. Tom Reed will have his vaunted Chick Power running for the first time this year while Phil Wiest will respond with Rocky Ice and Stan Marks has entered Brahms Beauty.

With 16 races set for this weekend its interesting to note Lyle Magnuson is the leading trainer with five victories to date while Stan Marks, Norm Cuthbertson and Rick Wiest are grouped in second with three wins apiece.

Tyler Walker, the 5-foot-10-inch jockey is leading the riders with seven wins. Last years leading rider, Larris Allen, is next in line with six wins while Blandford Stewart has five. Scott Sterr, Vincent Alvin Palmer, Hector Rabbitskin and Stephen Blakeley are al bunched with three wins.


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