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Weekend Wrap-up from RMTC (June 1-2)

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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Superstitious? You bet! Laurie Ferguson's grandmother, Kaye Ferguson, was on hand at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club, watching Laurie's horses run for the first time. To celebrate the occasion Laurie's Im Hott Ur Nott won the Division 2 All Canadian Open Quarter Horse Derby, a 350-yard sprint with a $6,500 purse, in a time of 18.80 seconds.

Then, in the Division 1 Derby, an $8,500, 359-yard run, Laurie's Kool Shazoom roared home first, in 18.03 seconds in a photo over Laurie's Miracle Recovery in second.

"I only used as much as I had to in order to win," said jockey Tyler Walker, who rode three winners on the RMTC six-race card Saturday. "I had to take the ride when Laurie offered it to me for this Division 1 race.

"Larris (Allen) rode a good race on Laurie's Miracle Recovery. Both horses seem to run better when they race against each other." Shaun Jeffery owns Kool Shazoom and Ralph E. Donard, who owns Miracle Recovery also owns the Division 2 winner Im Hott Ur Nott. Laurie, of course, trains all three.

"It did surprise me when we finished one-two. I thought maybe we had a chance for two-three," Laurie stated.

"My grandmother seems to be my lucky charm. I'm going to have her here every time a horse of mine runs now. She's coming our for every start." Ramiro Sanchez Castillo, who speaks very little English, said it all with his smile after riding Im Hott Ur Nott to victory.

The 350-yard sprint easily belonged to Castillo.

"I couldn't tell by how much she won because I was behind the race after working in the gate," said Laurie, celebrating her fourth win this Spring, with the firth win to come two races later.

"No matter what the length, it was a nice win. Ramiro rode her very well. He's not my regular rider but he was just in the right spot to ride Im Hott. He did a good job." The difference between Division 1 and Division 2 is measured by lifetime earnings. Im Hott is now around the $2,500 mark after Saturday and Kool Shazoom is well over $42,000 lifetime.

Kool Shazoom is by First N Kool out of Paulina Bug by Shazoom and is bred in Alberta by Highland Park Racing Partners.

Im Hott Ur Nott was bred in California and is by Tres Sels out of Wild California Rose by First Downs Dash.

By his own admission 86-year-old Stan Marks is surprised every time one of his horses wins.

Following that thinking, he must have been really surprised Friday night at the RMTC when two of his horses won six of the races.

Ramiro Sanchez Castillio, who rides for Marks and other members of his barn, brought both of Stan's horses home on top Friday night.

First, Castillio rode Comic Fool across the wire in top spot in the second race, and then in the fifth race gave Stan his second victory of the day aboard Image Express. The double victory moved Stan's winning level to six for the month of May.

Sunday's big win saw Larris Allen boot home Rick Wiest's Sweet Siouxsie to her first win of the Spring. Last year the same pairing won four of five, but thus far in the Spring could only come up with a second and third.

With the close of 12 days of racing Rick Wiest scored a hat-trick during the weekend, with his three wins giving him seven on the meet, two behind leading trainer Llyle Magnuson with nine.

In third spot is Stan Marks with six victories.

Topping the rider standings there's a new face, with Ramiro Sanchez Castillo charging home with 12 winners to date, one ahead of defending leading rider Larris Allen at 11. Blandford Stewart and Tyler Walker are next in line with 10 win apiece.

BEHIND THE STARTING GATE . . . Despite heavy rains through the week, racing went on without a hitch Friday and Saturday, but the Lethbridge winds showed up Sunday . . . Stephen Blakeley won the opening race Saturday aboard Ann's Seven . . . He then announced this will be his final weekend of racing because he's leaving riding to attend to his full-time plumbing job . . .

He has five wins this Spring and was having the time of his life . . . Janice Sather had a nice weekend when two of the horses she trains came in first . . . Tyler Walker bounced back after slow going last weekend, with three wins Saturday in six races . . . A real surprise came in Saturday's eighth race as Eighty Eight, Walker aboard, beat Beau Gris to pay 40.50, 11.00 and 7.00 . . .a $1 Superfecta of 8-2-3-7 paid $952 . . . It goes to show you don't beat Beau Gris, and when you do it's a big payday . . . Racing continues at the RMTC this Friday, at 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1:05 p.m., with Saturday's race card including the Belmont Stakes party.


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