LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES
ATTENTION HORSEMEN!!!!! - IMPORTANT BOOKKEEPERS NOTE
With the possibility of a postal strike, if you have requested that your purse cheque be mailed, you MUST direct, in writing, the bookkeeper to make alternate arrangements, IF you do not wish to have your purse cheque mailed. Please note, any additional fees that are required with your request for alternate arrangements, will be incurred by the account holder. Thank you.
HRA Announcement - Racetrack Licensing Announcement
The Board of Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) announced today the following applicants have accepted the invitation to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to construct, own and operate an “A “Horse Racing facility in the Edmonton or surrounding area.
Century Casinos Inc.
Enoch Cree Nation and River Cree Casino
FNH Development Corporation
Siksika Resource Development Ltd
Yurwynn Entertainment Group Inc.
The deadline for the RFP applications to Horse Racing Alberta is 3 pm, Monday August 8th, 2016, at which time those RFPs received will be reviewed by an Independent Committee who will make recommendations to the HRA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will then determine which applicant, if any, will be invited to apply for an “A” Race Track License in the Edmonton area. That decision will be made public at that time.
HRA will not be commenting on any of the entities that have accepted the invitation to proceed to the RFP process.
NOTICE TO ALL HORSEMEN
Meeting Notice regarding Lasix:
Race Dates Finalized!
Century Downs Racing 2016
Feb. 14th - Nov. 6th
Northlands Park Racing 2016
Nov. 18th - Dec 31st
PDF of 2016 Stakes Schedule
PDF of 2016 Race Calendar
Yearling Sale Entries
Yearling Sale entries are available under the Events tab or click here Yearling Sale Page.
Regional Driving Championship
WESTERN REGIONAL DRIVERS CONFIRMED
The field for the 2016 Western Regional Driving Championship, scheduled for Sunday, June 26 at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino has been confirmed.
The participating drivers are:
This is the first time the Western Regional has been hosted in Alberta. In 2014, Fraser Downs in Surrey, BC presented the qualifying event which was won by Brandon Campbell, who advanced to the National Championship along with runner-up Jim Marino.
“We are looking forward to hosting this event at Century Downs,” said Jackson Wittup, Racing Secretary for Century Downs, “We’ve got a good mix of veteran talent combined with some new younger faces. I believe that the average age of the eight drivers is the youngest we’ve ever had in Regional competitions.” Six of the eight drivers are under 35 years of age, and the youngest driver is 23-year-old Travis Cullen.
Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two drivers from the eight-race competition will join six other drivers at the 2016 National Driving Championship scheduled for Friday, October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, in London, Ontario.
The draw for the Western Regional will be an “open” draw as approved by Horse Racing Alberta. Any participating drivers who enter horses that they train and or own for any of the Regional Driving Champonship Races fully understand that they may not end up drawing their own horses to drive in the RDC races.
“I would like to thank Horse Racing Alberta for allowing us to have an “open draw” as it now becomes a true Drivers Challenge. I think the competition will be very interesting to both the racing industry and the handicappers for this one day change to the rules,” commented Wittup, “Good luck to all participants and I look forward to seeing who goes to the National Championship in London in October.”
Invitations were extended to drivers based on several criteria including their 2015-16 win statistics on their circuit. Drivers also had to confirm their availability for the National Driving Championship date and the World Driving Championship dates in order to take part in the Regional Driving Championship
The winner of the NDC will represent Canada in harness racing's 2017 World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada in concert with the World Trotting Conference in August.
Stakes Eligible Lists
Lists of horses paid up to Alberta Stakes (all lists are subject to change) is available by clicking here. (Courtesy Standardbred Canada)
NOTICE TO ALL HORSEMEN
At the ASHA Board of Directors meeting held on Saturday April 30th, 2016, it was decided that due to a shortfall in HRA Purse Grants and Foreign Simulcast Revenue, the Alberta Bonus will be removed for the remainder of 2016.
The ASHA Board will work with Century Downs Racetrack and Casino to make adjustments to the conditions sheets to assist the Alberta Bred horses. We feel these adjustments will help make up for the 12% Alberta Bonus loss.
Thank you - Alberta Board of Directors
Request for Expressions of Interest - Horse Racing ‘A’ Track Licence in Alberta
Full Article Click HERE
2017 WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce confirmation of host tracks...... read the full story here
Finance Minister, Joe Ceci, Announces Ten-year Agreement with Horse Racing Alberta
“I am very pleased to announce a new ten-year agreement with Horse Racing Alberta,”
Read Peter Watts complete story on the announcement "CLICK HERE"
An ASHA membership is required by Century Downs Racetrack and Casino for the liability coverage on their property.
For those not familiar with the membership application form and for new members, it is important to fill these forms completely due to the life insurance policy benefit provided. The list of Membership Benefits listed under the useful "members forms" in Memberships.
As always, please do not hesitate to call the office if you have any concerns or questions.
2016 STAKES GUIDE & FUTURE OPEN STAKES (2017/2018)
For a general overview of the 2016 Stakes and Future Stakes please see the
Stakes Guide and Schedule page under the tab "Racing News"
FROM CENTURY DOWNS RACETRACK AND CASINO
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The Alberta Standardbred Horse Association
(ASHA) was formed to represent and protect the best interests of Standardbred industry participants and bring about a closer, more understanding relationship among members, racetracks, racing associations, governing bodies and the public.
IMPORTANT DATES & INFORMATION
Century Downs Racing 2016
Feb. 14th - Oct. 29th
Northlands Park Racing 2016 *OFFICIAL*
Nov. 18th - Dec 31st
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