Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

RMTC Fall Opening Preview

Written by Garry Allison, Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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The long, hot summer is over and the racehorses running under the Rocky Mountain Turf Club banner have returned to Whoop-Up Downs after using the summer at Grande Prairie to whip into top condition.

Along with the horses of course, come the trainers and riders, and while the Spring Meet champions have been decided the humans with the RMTC will be vying for both the Fall Meet and overall Championships.

You can bet the Spring's leading rider, Larris Allen, will be looking out for Tyler Walker, Trevor Simpson and Blandford Stewart, and you can't count Quarter horse expect Ramiro Sanchez Castillo out of the mix. And, of course, there's also a large group of other quality riders.

As far as trainers are concerned, Lyle Magnuson won the Spring by an eyelash over Rick Wiest, and they're bound to resume their duel. Also watch for Laurie Ferguson and William Leech and a slew of other top trainers.

"We're looking for a great Fall Meet, with some high-paying Quarter horse races and a number of top Thoroughbred Stakes," says RMTC CEO Max Gibb.

"With this being the holiday weekend we'll have racing Saturday, Sunday and Monday with post time 1:15 p.m. all three days. We'll kick off the Fall Meet with seven races all three days.

"Saturday look for Norm Cuthbertson's Little Einstein and Lyle Magnuson's Majorca Gold in the seven furlong sixth race. Mamoonya, trained by Darcy Ralph is also in that race.

"The first day's card sees a full eight-horse field over a distance of five and a half furlongs." Sunday is Quarter horse day, with the first five races all covering 350 yards, all part of the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity Trials. All races feature seven of the best two-year-olds at the RMTC.

The eight fastest two-year-olds out of these five races will move on to the high-paying Canada Quarter Horse Cut Futurity. "The top Quarter horse trainers will all be involved in these races, people like Laurie Ferguson, William Leech and Janet Sather to name a few," says Gibb. "We round out the day with two five furlong Thoroughbred runs.

"Sunday we open with a pair of 400-yard Canada Quarter Horse Cup Derby Trials, again with the eight fastest advancing to the championship run. Again our final race of the day, and the weekend, will be a full field of eight Thoroughbreds running five and a half furlongs.

"The third race Monday features Lyle Magnuson's fan-favourite At The Bada Bing.

"We have a nice mixture of Quarter horses, fillies and mares, winners and maidens going this opening weekend, so come on out" Along with these top races there's always Dixieland Jazz music, plenty to do for the kids, and the Las Vegas-style slots, food and satellite racing in Bully and the upper grandstand area.

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