• November 20 2016
    2016 - That's a Wrap
  • November 03 2016
    FLASH - Northlands/HRA Announcement re: 2017/2018 Racing at Northlands.
  • November 01 2016
    Job Opportunity - Alberta Quarter Horse Industry
  • October 19 2016
    NORTHLANDS POST TIMES FOR FINAL FOUR (4) DAYS OF THE THOROUGHBRED MEET
  • October 17 2016
    One Day At A Time
  • October 15 2016
    FLASH – ONE LIVE DATE ADDED TO NORTHLANDS 2016 THOROUGHBRED MEET
  • October 14 2016
    FLASH - See Announcment from HBPA President
  • October 11 2016
    One Cannot Control the Weather
  • October 04 2016
    It’s All About The Numbers
  • 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
    Interview - 2011 Leading Trainer: Joan Petrowski
  • October 19 2011
    Flash - HBPA of Alberta/Northlands Racing Contract
  • 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
  • 2016 - That's a Wrap

     

    Let’s start off with an apology for being tardy with this column, however when one is basking in the South Pacific waters on a cruise ship, or looking at potential warmblood purchases in Europe, motivation to do anything other than hang out is a challenge. Coupled with our team of contributors supposedly harbored in sunny locales unknown (California and Africa), what was supposed to be a recap of the 2016 Northlands Thoroughbred meet and a prelude to the Breeders Cup ends up being a quick recap of both. 

    The gods did not look kindly upon the management of Northlands and the Horsemen from Thanksgiving Day weekend to the end of the meet adding to the tumultuous year of thoroughbred racing at the Park.  We lost three race days due to undesirable track conditions caused mostly by inclement weather.  Even though all involved may have errored on the side of caution by not racing, we believe that safety of humans and equine is first and foremost. The Horsemen are grateful that Northlands with the cooperation of HRA, added an extra day (Thursday, October 20) to the calendar.  The additional day and extra races carded during the final days of the meet afforded our members the appropriate racing opportunities. 

    The four (4) Stake races originally scheduled for Thanksgiving Day were deferred until the final day of the meet (October 22).  We wish to acknowledge all those who participated in these Stake races since we know that pointing for a specific race only to have it deferred twelve days down the road does not always work in terms of full participation. Upsets were recorded in the Duchess of York, Juvenile, and the Harvest Gold Plate.  For the second year in a row Can’t Use Nellie shipped in from Winnipeg and visited the Winner’s Circle at the expense of runner-up Onstaratatime who was taking on older mares for the first time in 2016.  Trooper John looks like he relishes the longer distances and would probably rank as the winter book favorite for the Canadian Derby. His sire Colonel John was one of the top ranked three year olds in 2008 winning both the Santa Anita Derby and the Travers. Frank Bodell’s Royal Warrior’s performance in the Harvest Gold Plate indicated that he is either getting better or the two older standout Handicap stars – Killin Me Smalls and Blue Dancer were getting tired at meet end. Ruffenuff’s performance in the Freedom of the City was eye popping where she bested her rivals by over ten lengths for her third straight victory – all in Stakes company. The undefeated daughter of one of the leading Freshmen sires in North America – Dialed In has won these races by a combined 30 lengths.  She is by far the best 2 yo. Filly on the grounds.  Rumor was that she would try a Stake at Woodbine this Fall, however we have not seen any works on the filly thus it would appear that there will be no Ontario campaign – not this year anyway.

    Everything that needed to be said about the recent Breeders Cup races has been said.  Beholder’s victory over Songbird and Arrogate’s hard fought win over California Chrome were races for the ages.  Runhappy is not happy running a mile as we previously pointed out. Huge crowds with perfect southern California weather resulted in wagering of $146 mm. for the two day card. Speaking of wagering, one of our assistants who likes to fly under the radar, thinks he is a crack handicapper and does not want his name out there (Mat Monaco) contends he correctly picked 6/13 Breeders Cup races.  When pushed to disclose the return on investment, we were advised it’s not about the money it’s only about being king for a day.

    As a starting point, the 2016 Northlands thoroughbred meet began May 6 and concluded October 22. During the meet 69 cards were raced with a total of 3 days lost due to track conditions. The following Schedule denotes this year’s wagering, race days, races carded, starters and all information with respect to purse payments and compares the numbers to 2015. 

    NORTHLANDS PARK 2016 TB MEET
    FINAL STATS:  MAY 6  - OCTOBER 22, 2016
    WAGERING 2016   2015   INCREASE   %
            (DECREASE)    
    ON TRACK $5,125,646 $6,067,428 ($941,782) (15.52)
    OFF TRACK $13,758,014 $15,407,862 ($1,649,848) (10.71)
    TOTAL $18,883,660 $21,475,290 ($2,591,630) (12.06)
    DAILY AVERAGE $273,676 $286,337 ($12,661) (4.40)
    LIVE RACE DAYS 69 74.25 (5.25) (7.00)
    RACES CARDED 539 585 (46) (7.86)
    TOTAL STARTERS 3,711 4,220 (509) (5.10)
    AVERAGE STARTERS/RACE 6.86 7.21 (0.35) (4.85)
    PURSES
    OVERNITE PAYMENTS $5,170,366 $5,689,364 ($518,998) (9.12)
    STAKE PAYMENTS $1,988,700 $2,045,000 ($56,300) (2.75)
    PARTICIPATION FEES $114,480 $143,280 ($28,800) (20.10)
    ALTA BRED BONUS $786,184 $783,308 $2,876    n/s
    $8,059,730   $8,660,952 ($601,222) (7.06)
    DAILY AVERAGE: 
    OVERNITE & PARTICIPATION FEES $76,592 $78,554 ($1,962) (2.50)

     

    Behind the Numbers

    Wagering results were to say the least – disappointing; a 12% decrease in total wagering on our product was not something we planned for.  For the first 20 days of the meet betting was in line with the numbers posted in 2015, however things started heading south in the latter part of June and continued for the remainder of racing calendar.  The greatest factor impacting wagering negatively was the relatively short field sizes offered. For the 3,711 races carded during the meet the average starters per race totaled 6.86 compared to 7.21 in 2015. Unfortunately this is a problem in nearly all thoroughbred jurisdictions in North America.  In order to keep the lower claiming horses in the system, the HBPA of Alberta introduced an Incentive Program for 2016 where qualifying horses returning to Northlands would earn up to a maximum of a $1,000 bonus after the fourth start of the year.  We deemed this Program a success with total payments to eligible owners amounting to $116,000.  A similar program will be offered for 2017.

    Total purses paid in 2016 were slightly more than $8 million as is reflected on the Schedule.  Advertised pursue remained status quo for 2016 however, since 46 less races were carded, overnite payments and participation fees were around $550,000 less than last year.  The bonus paid to owners of AB bred horses totaled $786,000 which was in line with 2015.  A real time bonus payment of 37% for horses finishing 1, 2, and 3 in qualifying races were added to the Owner’s regular purse by the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper. 

    The current purse structure for “A” track thoroughbreds makes it difficult to reinvest current and new capital required to grow the business.  The trend of spreading financial risk through “Racing Clubs” seems to have caught on and is attracting current fans and neophytes to try ownership with very little upfront money and an opportunity to socialize and enjoy the sport with fellow race goers. Curtis Landry with the help of trainers Rod Cone and Craig Smith and many others, introduced at last count 125 new owners to the sport in Alberta during the year. It is also encouraging to see that many local horsemen and breeders are at the current Ky. mixed sale replenishing bloodstock. Craig Smith has purchased four to race at Northlands next year.  Included are two from the Conquest Stable dispersal costing a total of $23,000 for new owner    Bar C5 Ranch.  It was noted that Conquest originally paid $590,000 for Conquest Mischief and Conquest Hot Humor, so Bar C5 won’t have as much capital to recoup. 

    As is customary, the two (2) biggest events of the racing calendar were again; the Canadian Derby and Alberta Fall Classic Day.  This year, 11 races (10 TB and 1 Quarter horse) races were offered on Derby day resulting in total wagering of $1,166,075 compared to 13 races offered in 2015 where wagering totaled $1,344,543.  The jury is still out to determine if music concerts and horse racing mix at Northlands and if a very late post time for the Derby itself is sustainable in the future.  Wagering on this year’s Alberta Fall Classic day of $445,682 was a little less than last year’s $483,165.

     

    2017 Outlook

    • The good news going into next year is that the sharing of gaming revenues with the Provincial Government generated from RECs has been determined and stabilized for the next ten (10) years.  Revenue flowing to the industry up to March 31, 2017 will be 50% of the net slot win, dropping to 45% for the fiscal year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.  

    • On September 19, 2016 Horse Racing Alberta announced that Century Casinos Europe GmbH was the successful applicant to own, build and operate an "A" Track Horse Racing Facility in the Edmonton market area and will move forward in the Licensing process.

    • On November 3, 2016 Northlands and HRA announced that Northlands will be granted gaming and racing licenses to conduct racing at their Facility from January 1, 2017 to    June 30, 2018.  It is anticipated that the new Edmonton Facility will be operational in the latter part of 2018.

    • The current Northlands/HBPA Racing Contract expires on December 31, 2016. The Parties will be negotiating the extension of the current Agreement for the period commencing January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

    • We have yet to negotiate with the tracks “A” thoroughbred dates for 2017.  At this writing the HBPA has not been advised of the 2017 purse grant from HRA.

    • The HBPA will again prepare the necessary paper work to assist Foreign riders for the 2017 season.  To date we have been unsuccessful in obtaining the required legal assistance to provide our Trainers with the required paperwork for importing temporary foreign workers.

    • Effective January 1, 2017 it will be necessary for Trainers to obtain Workers Compensation coverage as legislated.  The HBPA will continue to carry supplementary accident insurance to provide our backstretch workers for coverage that WCB does not.  Note: The HRA Directive follows this message. 

    We will keep our membership and interested parties informed; as new information becomes available it will be posted on the HBPA website.

    November 20, 2016