Week three of live racing at Rocky Mountian Turf Club is in the books, and what a show it was. With trainers in town from Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Montana and Washington State, along with well-known local trainers, it was an exciting weekend of racing.
The field size was very strong Saturday and Sunday which led to an increase in thrills for racing fans, as well as a nice jump for the handle. The Sunday race card featured three stakes races, two quarter horse and one thoroughbred.
The Quarter Horse Stakes began with the Division 1 derby, and it was a thriller right to the end. Janice Sather's Tac It Perry, ridden by Alejandro Almazon, just edged out Allen Goodsell's Heza Riot, ridden by J.B. Botello. In fact, the action was so hot and heavy that Tac it Perry's number was taken down for interference in the stretch against Heza Riot and Heza Riot was placed first, while Tac it Perry was disqualified for interference and placed second.
The second Quarter Horse Stakes race was an aged stake and the near unbeatable, Toughie, trained by William Leech was an easy victor in the race and continues to be one of the stand-out quarter horses racing at RMTC.
On the thoroughbred side, the second leg of the Starter Allowance, with a distance of a mile and an eighth, went off with a field of seven. The Blandford Stewart ridden and Pete Dubois trained, Blazing Temper, winner of the first leg two weeks earlier, jumped out front and was challenged for the lead by longshot Justanother Bob. An absolute burst from Year of the Ma, ridden by Larris Allen, in the final strides, along with Ocanera, ridden by Scott Sterr, upset Blazing Temper's bid for two wins in a row at the wire, with Year of the Ma pulling off the victory and Ocanera finishing a close second. Blazing Temper had to settle for third. It should be a tremendous battle in two weeks with the running of the third leg.
Also, three of RMTC's top riders were involved in the big finish. Blandford Stewart, who was leading rider in Grande Prairie this summer is also currently the leading rider at RMTC this fall; while veteran Scott Sterr, who was leading rider at RMTC in the spring, is hot on Stewart's heels. Laris Allen is always in the leading rider hunt.
Next weekend will be another big weekend at RMTC as the B Cup Stakes take place and there will undoubtedly be more thrilling live racing action.