The spring meet at Rocky Mountain Turf Club ended with a terrific turn-out from race fans. The weather was beautiful and the racing was fantastic, a perfect way to wrap up the spring meet.
The feature race of the weekend was a seven-furlong Fillies & Mares stakes race, which featured an upset of sorts. The Garry Marks-trained, "Some Gave All" was victorious, with Blandford Stewart pulling off a masterful display of race riding. Evergreen Park Racing Club 2018 could practically be heard cheering from Grande Prairie, as their beloved, "Swiss Skimmer", trained by Lyle Magnuson and ridden by Neville Stephenson, pulled off the upset for second.
The leading trainer at the spring meet is Lyle Magnuson, who established a comfortable lead over everyone. Lyle is from Washington State and has been running horses in the Alberta Community Circuit for the last ten years. The leading rider award for the spring will go to Larris Allen.
Larris Allen first came to Alberta in 2010, landing in Grande Prairie for their summer race card. Ever since then, Larris has been travelling the Alberta Community Circuit between Lethbridge and Grande Prairie and wouldn't have it any other way.
Larris raced in Kingston, Jamaica from 2000 to 2010 and made a name for himself there. He then went to Philadelphia Park for two years riding in stakes races there. One of the first Jamaican riders to come to Lethbridge was Valentino McBean. McBean sold Larris on the idea of coming to Alberta to race and Larris says he will be forever grateful to Valentino for his words of encouragement in coming to Alberta. We would like to thank Valentino as well. Larris has been a tremendous asset on the Community Circuit in Alberta.
The horses are now on their way to Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie and return to Rocky Mountain Turf Club Labour Day Weekend.