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Paint racing schedule announced at Lethbridge


February 22, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Garry Allison

The Horses, RMTC, Lethbridge--With the Rocky Mountain Turf Club still buzzing about Royal Woman garnering two North American Paint racing championships, CEO Max Gibb has announced his Paint Racing Schedule for 2005.

RMTC will offer a series of races for two-year-old Paints, three-year-olds and three-year-olds and upwards through May to October in Lethbridge, as well as races at Millarville and Sagebrush Downs in Kamloops.

Feature race of the season at Whoop-Up Downs will be the running of the Canadian Paint Championships October 28-30 over a distance of 400 yards with a $15,000 added purse.
Whoop-Up Downs will feature an Open Stakes race October 14-16 with a $10,000 purse, again over 400 yards, and Open Allowances, with $4,800 purses featured September 9-11 and October 1-3.

“These and all our 2005 Paint Races will be open to the racing world," says Gibb. “Paints have proven to be an exciting addition to our RMTC programs, through the support of Horse Racing Alberta and the Paint associations in Canada and the United States, and we want to continue to build on the success the breed has enjoyed the past two years at our tracks.”

In mid-January it was announced by the American Paint Horse Association that Royal Woman, winner of six of eight races in 2004, mainly at Whoop-Up Downs, had been named the Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year in North American Paint racing circles, as well as the Three-Year-Old Champion Paint.

Among the owners of the flashy filly are Rose Rossi, Max Gibb, Art Larson, Al Emes, Ron Sakamoto, Marv Christensen and Howard Card.

The 2005 two-year-old Paint program kicks off at Whoop-Up Downs June 3-5 with a $4,100, 300-yard sprint, followed by a futurity trial June 17-19 with the same conditions. A two-year-old allowance is set for September 23-25 race weekend, with a Paint first preference and an Appaloosa second preference for $4,100 over 300 yards.
Futurity trials will be run October 8-10 with the $10,000 Paint Futurity, over 350 yards, set for October 22-24.

The two-year-olds will be featured at Sagebrush Downs August 6-7, with $3,000 trials run over 300 yards and a futurity, covering 350 yards for a $4,000 purse, August 20-21 racing weekend.

“RMTC will write other Paint races if Paint race horses are available," says RMTC Race Manager Dot Stein. “Paints may also run in some of the other breed races. Purse amounts of the races at this time are conditional based on confirmation of Paint purse support from the American Paint Race Association, UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation as well as Horse Race Alberta."

July 1 at Millarville there'll be the Remittanceman Derby for $10,000 over 350 yards, and the Open Paint Stakes, also featuring a $10,000 purse and covering 350 yards.

The Whoop-Up Downs three-year-old Paint series begins with a Maiden Preferred run May 21-23 weekend and the Spring Stakes June 3-5. A 350-yard sprint is set for September 23-25 with the $10,000 Paint Derby over 400 yards scheduled for October 1-3 weekend. A Paint Allowance will be run October 14-16 weekend.

Three-year-olds and upward will start their season June 3-5 weekend with an allowance with maiden as the first preference and Appaloosa a sixth preference. The Paint Spring Stakes will be run June 17-19 for an $8,000 purse over 350 yards with Open Allowance races set for September 9-11 and October 1-4 for $4,800 covering 350 yards.

Sagebrush Downs has a three-year-old and three-year-old and upwards series as well, with trials August 6-7 and a Derby Aug. 20-21, with a $4,000 purse. The older horses have trials run August 6-7 and a Championship 400-yard sprint August 20-21 for a $4,000 purse.

The series will be open to Paint foals registered with the American Paint Horse Association and RMTC wants a minimum of six horses in each scheduled race. Nomination fees for stakes races are scheduled for March 15 and May 1 with late fees applicable.
As well, the RMTC may provide Appaloosa participation in these races, based on funding.