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Canada Cup Highlights Weekend Racing at RMTC

September 19, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

by Garry Allison, The Horses, Rocky Mountain Turf Club, and TRJ Staff

Eight horses go to post in the eighth race Saturday to determine the winner of the richest purse in quarter horse racing in Canada.

The annual Canadian Quarter Horse Canada Cup Futurity will feature eight of the fastest quarter horses running in Alberta, determined by six trial races earlier this month, all chasing the $102,600 jackpot. The race is sponsored by Davis Pontiac Buick GMC.

Leading the way are Ed Kyler's KR Montana Cartel and jockey David Deforest Brown, who led the trials with a time of :17.84. Right behind is the William Leech trained horse, Mac N Fame, ridden by Janine Stianson, with a clocking of :17.86 seconds.

Stan Webb's Dashin Haze, with Angelle Wilson aboard, was next in line at :17.89, while Hawks Halo, Ron Darryl Blinston in the irons and trained by Donalda Cochrane, covered the trial course in :17.97.

Buckey Stockwell's Corona Fame, with rider Craig Wonnacott, finished in :17.98, the same time as another Kyler entry, JCPH Go Go Carly, with Laurie Ferguson in the irons. Ross Brigden will bring Awesomo to the dance with rider Brooke Mellish, after a trial time of :18:02, and Cochrane's second entry, with Scott Sterr aboard, will be Pow Wow Lane with a running time of :18:03.

Last year's winner was Its All About Speed, trained by Stan Webb, who looks to repeat with Dashin Haze.

"We are proud to play host to this great race each year, with this being the 11th running," explained Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb. "These are the best quarter horses in Canada and they are running for a record purse this year. On Saturday alone there will be almost $187,000 in purse money handed out—not too bad for a Community Track."

Another feature of the big Saturday event is the free $2 wagering voucher that goes to the first 100 to purchase a race program. Patrons can also enter the Handicap Challenge Canada Contest and win a flat screen plasma television. There'll also be sponsored by AQHRA.

The opening race of the day will be the Canada Cup Quarter Horse Futurity Consolation, sponsored by Perlich Auction with an $11,400 purse for the 350-yard race. The Cup Classic, with a purse of $15,000 is a Quarter horse Stake over 400 yards and is carded as the fourth race.

Pete Schoeler is sponsoring the Canada Cup Quarter Horse Derby, a 400 yard sprint with $35,000 up for grabs.

Along with the fact the CTV network will televise the feature Canada Cup race, Ron Sakamoto—the track's top promoter for 15 years—will be bringing in Gord Bamford, not only to help celebrate the Cup race, but also to celebrate the 50th anniversary of quarter horse racing in Canada. He and others will entertain throughout the afternoon.

The RMTC Grandstand will feature an array of booths, entertainers and special draws as the quarter horse enthusiasts celebrate their biggest day of the 2007 season.

Friday night there will be a six-race program under the lights, with post time at 6 p.m. The action continues on Sunday with a nine-race card, featuring two Starter Allowance races at 1-1/16 miles. Both races carry $8,300 purses. Post time Saturday and Sunday is 1:30 p.m.