Excitement reigned supreme in the air as Rocky Mountain Turf Club expanded their live racing schedule to Friday, Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. Saturday's first two races were set aside for the All Canadian Derby Trials. William Leech, long-time Alberta trainer dominated the trials.
In race number one, "Good Kiddy", ridden by Ricardo Moreno picked up the victory, while the Deanne Davies trained, "S.S. Sunny Days", ridden by Juan Gonzalez, put up a game effort to finish second.
The second trial was all William Leech. The winner, and fastest time of the day, went to the Leech-trained, "Stripsteak", as Martin Ortiz just edged out another Leech-trained horse, "True Copy", ridden by Ricardo Moreno.
Later on Saturday, it was the thoroughbred's turn to shine in the running of the "Overnite Sprint Stakes". One of the best horses at RMTC, the Lyle Magnuson owned and trained, "General Day", ridden by Laris Allen, dominated, as he does more often than not. General Day is ten years old now, but has not lost a step. A game second came from "Megatron Ruler, owned and trained by Jacqueline Smith and ridden by Trevor Simpson.
Smith received redemption in an allowance race on Sunday, as "Cantchaco", the horse with more wins than any other horse in the U.S. in 2017, picked up the victory in this seven-furlong romp, with Trevor Simpson in the irons. "Carlsbad Mountain", trained by Laurie Ferguson and ridden by Juan Apango put up a valiant effort to get in for second place money.
On a sad note, long time horseman and the winner of A.C.T.R.A.'s Horsemen of the year award for 2017, Cecil Wiest, passed away last week. Cecil has been a dominant force at Rocky Mountain Turf Club for a number of years and will be sadly missed.
The long wait is finally over, as this coming weekend, June 16th and 17th, the Indian Relay Races return to Rocky Mountain Turf club with a 1:00 p.m. post time each day.