Talk about putting more icing on the cake! Friday, June 30, jockey Scott Sterr won five of the six races on the twilight card to solidify his hold on the Spring Meet’s leading jockey title at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge, Already with a commanding position in the rider’s race, the five wins Friday moved the 50-year-old rider to 35 wins, and with Sunday’s final seven race card he added two more.
With the two wins Sunday it gave him an overwhelming lead with 37 victories. The closest any one came to the popular RMTC rider was Jose Rocha, who led after the first few weekends, with 23 wins.
“It’s pretty cool to win the overall championship this Spring,” said Sterr. “I thought I’d have a good year but nothing like this. I’ve got to thank all my trainers, the owners, and even the horses. But most of all I have thank my wife Jodi for her support.”
Blandford Stewart had 18 wins plus two at Millarville. And Larris Allen, sidelined with a broken arm, had 15 winners. Veteran trainer William Leech closed out the Spring in fine order with a win Friday night for a total of 14 wins for the meet, topping the $60,000 mark in earnings. Jaqueline Smith, the early meet leader, wound up with nine victories just ahead of Gary Marks and Buckey Stockwell with seven.
Personable former jockey Randy Cunningham, now a trainer to be reckoned with, closed the meet with six wins, as did Laurie Ferguson and Harold Burbank. The Horse of the Spring, from my standpoint, had to be Poutn On The Wagon, who is making folks talk about him ahead of his mother, the great Poutnlori.
“That horse has true hart and quality breeding from her mother Poutnlori. The mother is the key.I don’t care what they say about the male, it’s the mother in this case,” said proud owner Pete Schoeler. “There’s not a chance I’m getting tired of winning and we’re off the Grande Prairie now to hopefully make it nine in a row when we run in the challenge Cup Derby Trials.”
Poutn On The Wagon has already won about $90,000 – with more big races to come!