Horsemen's Journal
The Horsemen's Journal
  • September 19 2017
    Backstretch Meeting at Century Downs
  • September 18 2017
    2017 Breed Improvement Owner's Bonus Funding Update
  • September 18 2017
    Hospitality Suite at Century Downs
  • September 07 2017
    Announcement - transfer of Horsemen's Accounts to Century Downs
  • August 29 2017
    FLASH - OCTOBER 2nd & 9th RACE DATES ADDED AT CENTURY DOWNS IN 2017
  • August 29 2017
    2017 CTHS Yearling Sale - Sept 17th
  • August 03 2017
    Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting
  • July 24 2017
    Announcement - New Office
  • June 06 2017
    FLASH - HBPA ADMIN ASSISTANT JOB POSTING
  • May 30 2017
    Farewell Message - From Outgoing HBPA of Alberta Manager: Mat Monaco
  • May 10 2017
    ANNOUNCEMENT - APPOINTMENT OF MANAGER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • May 09 2017
    HRA Board extends CEO employment contract
  • May 08 2017
    FLASH – JOIN THE 2017 ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED RACING CLUB
  • April 06 2017
    FLASH - NOTICE OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
  • March 31 2017
    UPDATE - Clenbuterol Testing Protocol
  • March 31 2017
    ANNOUNCEMENT - NEW RACING FACILITY IN EDMONTON
  • March 22 2017
    FLASH - 2017 NORTHLANDS THOROUGHBRED STAKES SCHEDULE
  • March 21 2017
    FLASH - HBPA OF ALBERTA ANNOUNCES A 2017 PURSE INCREASE AT NORTHLANDS
  • March 17 2017
    FLASH - SPRING TRAINING FINALLY UNDERWAY AT THE PARK!
  • March 16 2017
    FLASH - JOIN THE 2017 THOROUGHBRED RACING CLUB
  • March 15 2017
    FURTHER UPDATE - OPENING OF SPRING TRAINING
  • March 12 2017
    FLASH – POSITION AVAILABLE: MANAGER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - HBPA OF ALBERTA
  • March 09 2017
    FLASH - UPDATE ON SPRING TRAINING AT NORTHLANDS
  • February 28 2017
    FLASH - NORTHLANDS 2017 STALL LIST
  • February 22 2017
    Riversedge Breaks Maiden at Gulfstream with Northlands Runner – Jakob’s Rocket Girl
  • February 17 2017
    FLASH – HBPA ANNOUNCES 2017 THOROUGHBRED RACE DATES
  • January 23 2017
    FLASH – 2017 STALL APPLICATION: NORTHLANDS PARK
  • December 16 2016
    FLASH - Job Opportunity - Throughbred Racehorse Groom Required by Owner/Trainer Joan Petrowski
  • 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 - NOTICE OF HBPA OF ALBERTA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
  • July 29 2013
    FLASH - HBPA OF ALBERTA CALGARY OFFICE HAS MOVED
  • 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
    Minutes 2011 AGM - August 11, 2011
  • September 01 2011
    Dr. R. Cundy - Salix/Lasix Opinion
  • 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
    Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus -1 (nEHV-1)
  • May 17 2011
    2011 Wagering - The Real Story
  • 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
  • Good News and Some Not So Much….

     

    From all reports it looks like the City of Edmonton and/or Northlands may give the horse racing industry a lifeline based on public information garnered from the August 31, 2016 City Council meeting.  It is not yet clear what part of the Northlands Vision 2020 plan will ultimately be implemented but in all probability some portion of it will be put in place at some point, thus one could speculate that - maybe one, two, three years(?) from now the Northlands’ Facility and grounds will be repurposed.  At this time it is not known if the expensive acreage will be monetized with some type of real estate development or by adding arenas or other infrastructure.  There is no challenging Northlands President Tim Reid in his view that the Northlands lands have an extremely high commercial value.  So in the name of progress - change is inevitable.   The timing of the transition from Northlands to a new racetrack in the Edmonton area would be favorable in that it will take the better part of two years from the commencement to completion of a new Facility.  We are anticipating the winner of the Request For Proposal (RFP) to build a new racetrack in the Edmonton area will be announced around the middle of this month.

     

    A reminder that the CTHS Alberta Yearling Sale will be held at Edmonton Northlands on Sunday September 18 the day after Alberta Fall Classic Day.  We encourage all current and potential new owners as well as interested parties to attend and hopefully the 105+ individuals offered for sale will all find new owners.  Of course in the end all purchasers will think that their buy or buys will be the fastest ones offered in the Sale.  They are all correct on one thing – none have yet to be beaten.  For the online Sales Catalogue visit: cthsalta.com .

     

    Along these lines we are somewhat concerned about the fact that Edmontonian Curtis Landry and the Stable Trainer Greg Tracy just returned from a yearling shopping spree in Ontario where together they bot five (5) fillies and four (4) colts for total expenditures of $190,000.  As far as we can tell this is the first time that Curtis has ventured out to Woodbine to buy yearlings.  As a matter of the fact the first comment posted under the Sales Results was –does anyone know who Curtis Landry is?  Well I guess they do now.  What makes this venture troublesome is that Curtis and his partners are usually big players at the Alberta Sale so at this writing it’s unknown if his Group is changing focus by wanting to try their luck in Ontario.  The old saying is that horses follow money.  Being a major buyer the last few years in Alberta, BC, and Kentucky it would suggest that the stable is currently loaded with 2 and 3 year olds and now another nine prospects turning two on January 1, 2017.  In the end there are only so many horses that you can pay the bills on even if one has an unlimited source of funds!

     

    An obvious disappointment on the Labour Day card at Northlands was the lack of two year olds running in the two Stake races with advertised purses of $50,000 each.  The Bird of Pay had only 3 runners and offered only Win and Exacta wagering.  Ruffenuff ran to form by crushing her two rivals by what seemed the length of the stretch.  Her backers were rewarded with a $2.40 win mutual and coupled with Riversedge’s Tidal Mist an exacta payoff of $12.40 which was not bad considering a 3 horse field.  Interesting fact about the latter, in her five (5) lifetime starts she has never faced more than 4 opponents in a single race. In the three Stakes appearances she faced 2 foes twice and 4 the other time.  She has now placed in three Stake races.  Where does one sign up for these type of odds?






    It’s safe to say that Fall At Last a runaway winner in both starts scared away the potential competition in the Birdcatcher except for the three (3) that faced him. In his two lifetime starts he won by a combined 25 lengths.   A fair statement would be that 99% of all thoroughbreds eventually lose as was the case with this guy when an 8 length lead on the backstretch dwindled and he was nailed at the wire by Ted Graling’s Xtreme Lyra.  Ted is a principal in Xtreme Oilfield, an Oil & Gas service company so he names the babies he buys Xtreme this and Xtreme that.  This is like Dany Dion who stamps “Bear” on all his buys.  Over the years there have been many, many Bears – at this point we don’t know if there will be as many Xtremes.  Common sense and logic leaves many horse players who wager large amounts on a horse with odds of 1/9 since they believe they cannot lose regardless of the fact the return will only be 5 cents on the dollar. Well with around $33,000 of the total amount of $35,000 bet on Fall at Last in the Win pool, it made for a huge return on Xtreme Lyra ($81.40) for a $2 Win wager.  Sharp betters noting this anomaly covered the board by placing win wagers on all the others in the race.  Morning line on Xtreme Lyra was 9/2 so to say he was an overlay would be the understatement of the year.


    Additionally, the premier racing event in the fall for older horses - The Speed to Spare normally attracts a full field of runners however, this year only a field six (6) went to the post.  Word is that there was some sort of issue with the nomination for Killin Me Smalls thus he was not entered to run.  It seems like this was purely an administrative rather than a physical issue since we understand he’s on his way to BC to run on BC Derby day September 10 in the S. W. Randell Handicap.  It was nice to see that the longtime Owner/Trainer combination of Calgarian           Frank Bodell and Dave Nicholson make it to the winners circle with Royal Warrior.  Interesting to note all six (6) starters in the race were Ky. breds with 5 of them selling at the Keeneland Sales.  One other observation, as game as he is, it does not look like Blue Dancer can get the 1 3/8 distance.


    Assuming there is racing next year at Northlands, the entire Stakes Schedule needs tweaking.  This year’s experiment of having multiple Stakes on non-marquee Saturdays did not work well. There is a need by Northlands and the HBPA to schedule Stake races in such a way that there will be greater participation.

    Year to Date Stats

     

    For the first 51 days of the meet total purses paid to Horsemen amounted to $5,951,315 or $116,693/day. 

     

    The breakdown is as follows:

     

    Overnites

    $3,833,501

    Participation/Starters Fee

    $     84,000

    Stake Races

    $1,442,700

    AB Bred Owners Bonus

    $   591,114

     

    In addition to the above, slightly over $100,000 has been paid to date in winter incentive bonuses.  Please be advised that the Winter Bonus Program implemented in 2016 will again be offered in 2017 under similar terms and conditions.  Official Notice has been posted on the Northlands backstretch as well as the HBPA website. (hbpaalberta.ca).


    For the first 51 days of the meet, wagering on the live product totaled $14,248,220 compared to $15,495,226 for the similar period last year.  Wagering continues to trend downward with year to date numbers being down $1,247,006 or 8.05%. 

    The number of races that have been carded to date total 397 vs 396 for the same period last year.  There is an average of 6.88 starters per race this year compared to 7.19 last year.  As previously mentioned small field size make for less wagering – this phenomena is an industry wide problem not just here at Northlands.

    Next major event on the Racing Calendar is Alberta Fall Classic DaySaturday, September 17 followed the next day by the aforementioned Yearling Sale.