The racing Gods finally smiled on Rocky Mountain Turf Club the last day of racing with some decent weather. For three weekends in a row, an off track was in play for jockey's and their horses, but on Sunday the sun shone and fans came out in large numbers and the handle was excellent.
The two feature races on Sunday were the Amtote Derby and the Fillies Oaks Stakes. Trainer Lyle Magnuson and jockey Larris Allen teamed up to take the win in both of these stakes races. Allen rode, "Klondike Ike" in convincing fashion to pick up the Amtote Derby victory, with Russell Gardipy's, "Cool Brewski" finishing second ridden by Trevor Simpson. Simpson had to settle for second best again in the Fillies Oaks, riding "Piper's Joy" for Elaine Edwards, as Magnuston and Allen teamed up again for victory, with Allen riding, "Sterling Aly" to victory.
The combination of Magnuson and Allen picked up leading trainer and rider respectively for the fall meet at Rocky Mountain Turf Club. The same duo picked up the honors in the spring meet, but at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie they were both unseated by trainer Nellie Pigeau and jockey Blandford Stewart. Magnuson and Allen were determined to recapture top trainer and rider status, and they did so convincingly.
Despite the bad weather for the fall meet, the majority of races featured full fields with the arrival of horses from Saskatoon and Winnipeg, which resulted in some exciting races and longshot payoffs.
Several trainers will be making the trek south this winter to find some more horses to run at Rocky Mountain Turf Club in May when the 2019 season gets underway. With the eventual arrival of the Century Mile track in Edmonton, there is a growing optimism among owners and trainers that the purses will be on the rise in the near future.