Full week­end of live rac­ing at the RMTC

Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS - Rocky Moun­tain Turf Club

This week­end RMTC re­turns to three days of live rac­ing go­ing tonight at 6 p.m. with six races on the card, and Satur­day and Sun­day at 1:15 p.m. with eight races on the card each day.

This week­end is geared for ex­cite­ment with quar­ter-horse stakes ac­tion on Sun­day. The first stakes race is the Derby Di­vi­sion 1 with a full field of eight horses. Two of the horses to watch in this race are Jan­ice Sather’s Tac It Perry and Allen Good­sell’s Heza Riot. The sec­ond quar­ter-horse stakes race is the AQHA Aged, high­light­ing horses such as Wil­liam Leech’s Toughie and Go Jessin Beaver, along with Don­alda Cochrane’s E.R. CAFE.

Not to be left out, the thor­ough­breds fea­ture the sec­ond leg of the starter al­lowance se­ries go­ing a dis­tance of one and one-eighth miles. Stand­outs in this race will be Pete Dubois’ Blaz­ing Tem­per and Norm Cuth­bert­son’s Year of the Ma.

Three of the top jock­eys in Al­berta’s Com­mu­nity cir­cuit con­tinue their bat­tle for supremacy. Jose Rocha was lead­ing rider at RMTC in the spring and fall meet of 2016; while this year, Scott Sterr was lead­ing rider in the spring meet and Blandford Ste­ward took home top hon­ours in Grande Prairie. Ste­wart is cur­rently lead­ing rider in the fall meet at RMTC with Sterr and Rocha not that far be­hind.

Pound for pound, jock­eys are the best fit ath­letes in any sport. Imag­ine bal­anc­ing on your toes and rid­ing a horse at speeds up­wards of 30 miles an hour, just to get some per­spec­tive on what it is these folks do for a liv­ing. It truly is the ex­treme sport of speed and fi­nesse, and none do it bet­ter than the three afore­men­tioned rid­ers.

As al­ways, there will be all kinds of fam­ily fun ac­tiv­i­ties, fea­tur­ing the now fa­mous candy scram­ble con­ducted by Rose Rossi. See you at the races.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

Scott Sterr was the RMTC lead­ing rider this spring

"Blandford Ste­ward is the cur­rent lead­ing rider at RMTC and lead­ing rider at Grande Prairie.

Jose Rocha was the lead­ing rider spring and fall 2016 at RMTC

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