• September 25 2016
    Loaded For Bear
  • September 20 2016
    The Future Is Now
  • September 19 2016
    FLASH – HORSE RACING ALBERTA ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT TO BUILD A RACETRACK FACILITY IN THE EDMONTON AREA
  • September 16 2016
    FLASH - HRA STATEMENT RELEASED RE: NEW "A" RACETRACK FACILITY IN EDMONTON AREA
  • September 15 2016
    Of Yearlings and Stake Races
  • September 10 2016
    FLASH – FALL CLASSIC DAY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
  • September 08 2016
    FLASH - FALL CLASSIC DAY PARTICIPANTS ARE INVITED
  • September 07 2016
    Good News and Some Not So Much….
  • September 03 2016
    FLASH - 2017 Incentives for Lower Claiming Horses
  • September 01 2016
    FLASH - MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT DR. STEVE SMITH RE: FUTURE OF NORTHLANDS
  • August 30 2016
    Post Derby Doldrums
  • August 22 2016
    2016 Canadian Derby Crowd – Un bee leave a ble!!!
  • August 17 2016
    It’s Show Time – in more ways than one!
  • August 09 2016
    Opportunity Lost?
  • August 07 2016
    FLASH - NOTICE OF HBPA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
  • August 02 2016
    Returns start coming in on Investment of and in “Big Bucks”
  • July 24 2016
    Lots of Quality Stakes Action in the US
  • July 18 2016
    Is he back to stay or just passing thru?
  • July 10 2016
    Boring........
  • July 04 2016
    Is Retirement on Hold – Yet Again?
  • June 26 2016
    Is it Spring, Summer, or Fall “at last” in Alberta?
  • June 20 2016
    Plenty of Stakes Action at Northlands this past Saturday
  • June 12 2016
    A Bump in the Road
  • June 05 2016
    Positive Year to Date (YTD) Results for the Northlands Thoroughbred Meet
  • May 31 2016
    Mixed Results from this weekend of thoroughbred racing at Northlands
  • May 27 2016
    UPDATE - ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED RACING CLUB
  • May 24 2016
    Weather Conditions Were less Than Ideal This Past Week
  • May 16 2016
    Upward Momentum in Business Continues after the second weekend of Thoroughbred racing at Edmonton Northlands.
  • May 11 2016
    FINAL - 2016 NORTHLANDS THOROUGHBRED RACE SCHEDULE
  • May 08 2016
    FLASH - 2016 NORTHLANDS THOROUGHBRED RACE MEET FAST OUT OF THE BLOCKS!
  • May 06 2016
    FLASH – ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED RACE CLUB
  • April 08 2016
    FLASH - NOTICE OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
  • March 22 2016
    FLASH - DISTRIBUTION OF SLOT REVENUE EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2016
  • March 22 2016
    FLASH - 2016 TB CALENDAR - NORTHLANDS PARK
  • March 08 2016
    FLASH - MESSAGE FROM HBPA OF ALBERTA PRESIDENT - DR. STEVEN SMITH DVM
  • March 03 2016
    FLASH - EDMONTON NORTHLANDS VISION 2020
  • February 29 2016
    FLASH – NORTHLANDS PARK 2016 STALL ALLOCATION BY TRAINER
  • February 12 2016
    CORRECTION: OPENING DAY OF THOROUGHBRED SPRING TRAINING – NORTHLANDS PARK
  • February 11 2016
    FLASH - NORTHLANDS PARK THOROUGHBRED SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
  • February 05 2016
    FLASH - EQUINE Herpes Virus – 1 (EHV-1) Neurological Disease
  • January 20 2016
    FLASH - Northlands Stall Applications for 2016 Thoroughbred Meet
  • December 21 2015
    Farm Groom for Thoroughbred Horses Required by Owner Joan Petrowski
  • December 20 2015
    FLASH - MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT DR. STEVE SMITH
  • December 20 2015
    2016 Tattoo Fee - $100.00 Canadian Funds
  • December 01 2015
    FLASH - Recap of 2015 Northlands race meet and 2016 Outlook
  • November 09 2015
    Job Opportunity - Alberta Quarter Horse Industry
  • October 16 2015
    Job Opportunity Alberta Thoroughbred Industry
  • October 01 2015
    Job Opportunity - Alberta Thoroughbred Industry
  • September 17 2015
    FLASH: 2016 INCENTIVES FOR LOWER CLAIMING HORSES ANNOUNCED
  • September 08 2015
    FLASH - HBPA Officers and Committees Appointed
  • August 17 2015
    FLASH - RESULTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
  • August 08 2015
    FLASH - NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
  • August 02 2015
    FLASH - REMINDER TO CAST BALLOTS FOR 2015 HBPA OF ALBERTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
  • July 27 2015
    Wagering & Purse Account Stats: May 1 - July 25, 2015
  • July 05 2015
    FLASH - HBPA of Alberta Website Now Operational
  • July 05 2015
    2015 HBPA of Alberta Election - Board of Directors
  • April 20 2015
    Registration Tattoo - 2015 Fee Increase
  • April 07 2015
    FLASH - HBPA OF ALBERTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
  • March 30 2015
    FLASH - FINAL NOTICE TO MEMBERS WISHING TO RUN FOR 2015 HBPA OF ALBERTA ELECTION
  • March 17 2015
    FLASH - 2015 CONDITION CHANGE - WAIVER CLAIMING
  • March 14 2015
    Thoroughbred Foreman/Woman Required for Calmar Stable & Ranch
  • March 09 2015
    FLASH - 2015 ELECTION - HBPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • February 27 2015
    FLASH - 2015 NORTHLANDS STALL ASSIGNMENTS BY TRAINER
  • February 16 2015
    Thoroughbred Groom Required by Calmar Stables and Ranch
  • January 29 2015
    Thoroughbred RaceHorse Groom- Required by Owner/Trainer Joan Petrowski
  • January 19 2015
    FLASH - 2015 NORTHLANDS STALL APPLICATION
  • December 16 2014
    Revision: Career Opportunity - Alberta Quarter Horse Industry
  • December 04 2014
    Career Opportunity - Quarter Horse Industry
  • November 12 2014
    2014 Northlands Thoroughbred Meet and 2015 Outlook
  • October 11 2014
    Career Opportunities - Throughbred Industry
  • September 29 2014
    Career Opportunities - Alberta Thoroughbred Industry
  • September 28 2014
    Career Opportunities - Alberta Thoroughbred Industry
  • September 12 2014
    Career Opportunities - Alberta Thoroughbred Industry
  • September 11 2014
    Career Opportunities - Alberta Thoroughbred Industry
  • September 04 2014
    Career Opportunities - Alberta Thoroughbred Industry
  • August 25 2014
    Career Opportunities - Thoroughbred Industry
  • August 23 2014
    Career Opportunities - Thoroughbred Industry
  • August 15 2014
    Podcast #3 (2014) Interview: Matt Jukich: Northlands Park Track Announcer
  • August 06 2014
    Wagering Stats - First 39 Days of 2014 TB Meet
  • July 31 2014
    FLASH - Notice of Annual General Meeting
  • June 28 2014
    Podcast #2 (2014) Max Gibb Interview - Canda Day Races; Millarville, Alberta
  • June 16 2014
    Wagering Stats - First 17 Days of 2014 TB Meet
  • May 06 2014
    Podcast #1 (2014) Interview: Paul Ryneveld - Century Casino
  • April 15 2014
    Flash - Passing of Ken Shaw
  • April 05 2014
    Workers Required for Edmonton Northlands 2014 Thoroughbred Race Meet
  • April 05 2014
    FLASH - NOTICE OF HBPA MEMBERSHIP MEETING
  • March 30 2014
    FLASH - UPDATE: FOREIGN WORKERS & NORTHLANDS DORMS
  • February 16 2014
    FLASH - FOREIGN WORKERS: 2014 NORTHLANDS MEET
  • December 23 2013
    2013 Northlands Meet Recap & 2014 Northlands Meet
  • November 20 2013
    Employment Opportunities - Assiniboia Downs Racetrack - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • November 11 2013
    Podcast #6 (2013) - Interview: Trainer Dale Saunders
  • September 30 2013
    FLASH - Canadian Derby Winner wins G3 Oklahoma Derby
  • September 13 2013
    Podcast #5 (2013) - Interview: Track Announcer Sugar Doyle
  • August 13 2013
    Don Danard's Report to the Membership
  • August 12 2013
    Podcast #4 (2013) Interview - Tom Thornbury - Keeneland
  • July 29 2013
    FLASH - HBPA OF ALBERTA CALGARY OFFICE HAS MOVED
  • July 29 2013
    FLASH - NOTICE OF HBPA OF ALBERTA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
  • July 08 2013
    Podcast # 2013 (3) –Interview Norval Honey
  • June 24 2013
    2013 Northlands Meet – First 20 days
  • June 12 2013
    Podcast #2 (2013) Interview with Jockey Real Simard
  • April 27 2013
    Podcast #1 (2013) Interview Rod Cone
  • April 17 2013
    URGENT - Nurse Mare Needed
  • April 14 2013
    FLASH - MEMBERSHIP MEETING: MONDAY APRIL 29, 2013
  • March 24 2013
    FLASH - 2013 Federal Budget re: Section 31 Farm Loss
  • March 24 2013
    FLASH - NORTHLANDS OPEN FOR TRAINING MONDAY MARCH 25, 2013
  • March 22 2013
    FLASH - UPDATE RE: TRAINING @ NORTHLANDS
  • January 28 2013
    Message from Don Danard - President HBPA of Alberta re: Manager/Executive Director: HBPA of Alberta
  • December 05 2012
    FLASH - 2013 Northlands Thoroughbred Meet
  • November 23 2012
    Executive Director/Manager Position Available - HBPA of Alberta
  • October 16 2012
    Interview - Ron Grieves - 2012 Leading Trainer at Northlands
  • September 17 2012
    Interview – Don Danard: Incoming President - HBPA of Alberta
  • September 04 2012
    2012-2015 HBPA of Alberta Officers
  • August 28 2012
    Interview - Jim McFadyen: President HBPA of Alberta
  • August 14 2012
    FLASH - ELECTION RESULTS
  • August 13 2012
    Annual General Meeting - for the year ended December 31, 2011
  • August 02 2012
    Flash – Update: Revenue Canada – Section 31
  • July 26 2012
    FLASH – UPDATE OF NORTHLANDS TRACK REPAIRS
  • July 20 2012
    Flash – Update: HBPA Director Election
  • June 18 2012
    Interview – Chris Roberts: Northlands Venue Director – Racing & Gaming
  • May 17 2012
    Interview – Sue Leslie: President HBPA of Ontario
  • May 08 2012
    Interview - Scott Sinclair: Northlands Management Team
  • May 07 2012
    Opening Weekend – Business is Up!
  • April 11 2012
    Race Day Medication – Salix (Lasix)
  • April 11 2012
    2012 Election - HBPA Board of Directors
  • April 11 2012
    Horsemen’s Journal – now on line!
  • March 24 2012
    Flash – Update: Revenue Canada – Section 31
  • February 11 2012
    Update – 2012 Northlands Meet & Operational Items
  • January 31 2012
    Equine Infectious Anemia - EIA (Coggins Test)
  • December 30 2011
    2012 Jockey Contract "A" Track Racing
  • December 03 2011
    Alberta Connections win Zia Park Derby!!
  • November 30 2011
    2012 Thoroughbred Race Meet – Edmonton Northlands
  • October 19 2011
    Flash - HBPA of Alberta/Northlands Racing Contract
  • October 19 2011
    Interview - 2011 Leading Trainer: Joan Petrowski
  • October 12 2011
    2011 Northlands Meet - Final Thoughts and Stats
  • September 16 2011
    Flash - Remainder of 2011 Northlands TB Meet
  • September 09 2011
    Interview - Ted Davis: Alberta Owner/Breeder
  • September 03 2011
    Backstretch Newsletter - August/September, 2011
  • September 01 2011
    Update - 2011 Wagering & Purses
  • September 01 2011
    Dr. R. Cundy - Salix/Lasix Opinion
  • September 01 2011
    Minutes 2011 AGM - August 11, 2011
  • August 26 2011
    Interview - Exercise Rider: Patti Krotenko
  • August 24 2011
    Podcast #10 - Lianne Knechtel Interview
  • August 15 2011
    Interview: Pierre Esquirol – Esquirol Farms
  • July 27 2011
    Interview - Bob Giffin: Co-owner of Pender Harbour
  • July 17 2011
    FLASH - Pender Harbour Gets The Job Done!
  • July 15 2011
    Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • July 11 2011
    Update - Wagering & Purses First 36 days of Np Meet
  • July 10 2011
    Interview - 2010 Eclipse Award Winner - Omar Moreno
  • July 08 2011
    Adam Lee - Inside Alberta Racing will be at Stampede Pk.
  • July 04 2011
    Flash: Northlands Racetrack currently Being Repaired.
  • June 29 2011
    Donver Stable to be Featured on CTV Edmonton Tonite
  • June 26 2011
    A Great day to be an Alberta Owner racing at Woodbine
  • June 24 2011
    Interview - Vern Dubinsky: Co-owner - INGLORIOUS
  • June 22 2011
    Alberta owned Pender Harbour in Queen's Plate
  • June 10 2011
    FLASH - National HBPA CEO on CBS News Tonight
  • June 09 2011
    Update - 2011 Northlands Wagering & Purses
  • June 08 2011
    Interview - Chris Roberts: Venue Manager Northlands
  • June 06 2011
    Congrats - Vern and Donna Dubinsky
  • June 06 2011
    Backstretch Newsletter - by Theresa Sealy
  • May 26 2011
    Update - Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus -1 (nEHV-1)
  • May 19 2011
    Dr. Jodie Santarossa Interview
  • May 17 2011
    2011 Wagering - The Real Story
  • May 17 2011
    Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus -1 (nEHV-1)
  • May 16 2011
    2010 Backstretch and Horse Person of the Year
  • May 13 2011
    Sugar Doyle Interview
  • May 13 2011
    Barry Brown
  • May 11 2011
    Slow Start to 2011 Northlands Thoroughbred Meet
  • May 04 2011
    Robertino Diodoro Interview
  • May 03 2011
    Bryant McAfee - Very Sad News
  • April 29 2011
    New & Improved HBPA of Alberta Website
  • April 29 2011
    2011 Thoroughbred Dates/Purses/Stakes 2012 Thoroughbred Race Dates
  • March 02 2011
    General Membership Meeting
  • February 28 2011
    UPDATE - 2011 TRAINING & LIVE RACING: EDMONTON NORTHLANDS
  • January 18 2011
    Congrats Omar Moreno
  • December 10 2010
    2011 THOROUGHBRED RACING - EDMONTON NORTHLANDS
  • August 02 2010
    HBPA Family Day
  • July 25 2010
    Summer Events
  • April 08 2010
    General Membership Meeting
  • April 08 2010
    2010 Purses and Stakes
  • February 25 2010
    2010 Northlands Thoroughbred Race Meet
  • February 07 2010
    Current state of affairs in the Alberta horse racing industry.
  • September 25 2009
    Alberta trainer Lorne Dupont recently retired
  • September 25 2009
    Reduction of 2009 Live Thoroughbred
  • September 01 2009
    Appointment of officers & HBPA Committees
  • August 17 2009
    Horsepeople wanted for Northlands Park Racetrack.
  • August 03 2009
    2009-2012 Board of Directors
  • July 24 2009
    HBPA Annual General Meeting
  • June 07 2009
    HBPA of Alberta Audited Financial Statement
  • June 02 2009
    Election: HBPA Board of Directors 2009 - 2012 Term
  • May 21 2009
    PRESENTATION BY UNITED HORSEMEN OF ALBERTA to HBPA
  • April 17 2009
    Letter sent to United Horsemen of Alberta (UHA)
  • April 14 2009
    REMINDER - LAST CALL FOR ELECTION!!
  • April 09 2009
    Northlands Stakes Schedule and associated Purses
  • March 31 2009
    Some sad news
  • March 18 2009
    Error correction re: HBPA Board of Directors Election
  • March 15 2009
    2009 Race Schedule, Notice of General Membership Meeting & Board Election
  • March 01 2009
    Letter from Dr. Rod Cundy to HBPA members
  • February 25 2009
    2008 in review and 2009 outlook
  • February 05 2009
    MOVE IN & SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
  • Loaded For Bear

     

    We needed to look beyond the local surroundings this week since action at the Park was slow due in part to a virus hitting the young horses at Northlands resulting in a number of scratches on the weekend card.

     

    Bonnyville Alberta’s favorite son Dany Dion was loaded for bear specifically with Noholdingbackbear in the $300,000 6 furlong G3 Gallant Bob contested at PARX on Saturday.  He did not disappoint as chalk besting his nearest of 10 rivals by a length and ¼ at the wire. The $180,000 winner’s share now boosts his bankroll to $505,000 in a career thus far that sees him running in the top three 10/11 times..  We see a Breeders Cup race in his future where Dany has previous experience. In the 2008 Sprint, his Fatal Bullet (already named thus no Bear) made all the running with ridiculously fast fractions only to fall short at the wire by 1 ½ lengths to winner Midnight Lute in a final time of 1.07 for the 6 furlongs – that’s very fast. 

     

    When once asked by a Bloodhorse reporter where this “Bear” thing comes from, Dany supposedly replied that when he was a young lad working in a Quebec logging camp he would growl like a bear every time he threw logs around!   As we previously indicated every yearling or weanling he buys or raises is stamped with the name “Bear” – it’s Bear this and Bear that.  A few years ago he must have thought he would end up owning more horses than there were words in the English language so to pay tribute to a couple of original Bears, there was an add on resulting in Bear Character Two and Bear Holiday Too being brought to life.  Not such a good thing since the original Bear Character was a multiple stakes winner of almost $266,000 whereas #2 could not break his maiden in 24 starts.  The first Bear Holiday was also a multiple Stakes winner, winning all 3 lifetime starts accumulating $162,000 in earnings whereas Too went on to an undistinguished career of 2 for 15 earning only $39,000. This phase of add on naming quickly disappeared.

    Most people involved in the Alberta oil patch know that Dany has been a great economic driver in the Ft. McMurray region during the oil sands development era.  For those who don’t know he also provided the Alberta thoroughbred industry great stimulus by breeding and purchasing many, many horses here.  Let’s not also forget the contributions through the mutuals over the years at the Ft. Mac teletheatre. Truly one of the great characters in the horse business – we sure miss his participation here.

       

    There were two other significant Stake races at PARX on Saturday.  Songbird continues her domination as the best 3 y o filly in the land by winning the $1 million G1 Cotillion.  She is a perfect 11/11 in her 2 year career. Since no 3 y o male has stepped to the forefront except maybe for Arrogate who blew the Travers field away, this year she could very well be the best 3 year old period.  Interesting options her connections have as to what Breeders Cup race she should surface in, which would be a good problem for the rest of us to have.

    Speaking of 3 year old males, Ky. Derby winner Nyquist could fare no better than 6th in the  $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby.  Preakness winner Exaggerator was a well beaten 7th confirming his desire for only an off track.  Belmont winner Creator did not contest the Pennsylvania Derby and has not done anything since winning the Belmont.  The race winner was Connect who was still eligible for a NW3xMC and was previously beaten 21 lengths in the Travers.  We would think this is not a new rising star.


    We note that for Saturday’s 12 race card at PARX purses totaled $3.227 million. This would equate to about 35% of the entire purse pool for the Northlands thoroughbred meet.  We can only assume that the slots at PARX are great performs as well as there does not appear to be any sharing requirements with other breeds. It should be noted that the total PARX handle on their Derby day event totaled $9,614,169 – offer quality and high purses and they will come to race and bet.


    Having followed and being involved in the business for a great number of years we should have figured this out before now.  As reported last time, there were a total of 39 nominations for the    G3 Oklahoma Derby, however, only 11 actually were entered to race.  Seems that everyone nominates for this race since no nomination fee is required. Three of the first four finishers of the Canadian Derby - Ready Intaglio, Solve and Inside Straight went to the gate.  Again let’s bring back last week’s comment on the potential field:


    “In 2013  Broadway Empire captured the Oklahoma Derby after winning the Canadian Derby but this corner is of the view that none of the locals have anywhere near the talent that Broadway had.  There are at least five horses nominated – Cupid, Dalmore, Fish Trappe Road, Gun Runner and Texas Chrome that if they enter to run it would be advisable for most of the others to remain in the barn and seek friendlier foes.”



    Of the five horses we tagged as potential winners only Texas Chrome and Fish Trappe Road contested the OK Derby finishing first and third respectively.  Solve finished 7th at odds of 74/1; Inside Straight 9th (59/1) and Canadian Derby winner Ready Intaglio 10th (46/1).  The saying goes – “keep yourself in the best of company and your horses in the worst”.


    Noteworthy

    It seems like this year no Yearling Sale is immune from the downward trend recorded everywhere else.  The elite sale of the year – Keeneland September recorded 2,792 sold for $272,890,500 compared to 2,745 selling last year for proceeds of $281,496,000 which reflect a 3% decrease in business. The $97,740 average is 4.9% lower than last year, however this year’s median of $40,000 is a drop of 20% from last year’s $50,000.


     A review of the Keeneland Sales results pertaining to purchases made by Albertans (not official by any means) indicates that excluding purchases made by Jim & Susan Hill a total of 29 yearlings went to: Doug Blair, Dave Rowbotham, Randy Howg, Vic Kleparchuk, Rob Chabot, Jerry Antoniuk, Ted Graling, Tim Rollingson, and Riversedge Racing.  We understand from Trainer Diodoro that the 10 purchases made by his Alberta clients will race in the US.                  Dave Rowbotham has raced in Ontario for some time now and Riversedge’s 4 yearlings will be begin their ground work in Florida prior to determining where they will race.


    For the first fifty-nine (59) days of the meet, wagering on our live thoroughbred product totaled $16,309,002 compared to $17,484,152 for the same period last year for a decrease of $1,175,150 (6.7%).