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By Lindsay Ward 07 Nov, 2017

After a nine-year absence, thoroughbred racing returned to the Calgary area in the 2017 season at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. The long-awaited homecoming of the iconic race horses follows the government signing a new 10-year agreement with Horse Racing Alberta last year, which will help support rural communities and the agriculture sector across the province.

“Our partnership with Horse Racing Alberta gives the industry stability and confidence to continue developing racing in the province. The return of thoroughbred race horses to Century Downs is an important signal that the industry is thriving. Continued support of rural communities is just one way we’re working to bring the economic recovery to the homes of each and every Albertan and working to make life better for all Albertans.”

Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board, Minister of Finance
Read the full press release >> Agreement Gets Thoroughbred Racing Back on Track
By Lindsay Ward 24 Oct, 2017
Between the Smithbilt/Cam Clark Ford Gala and the inaugural C Cup Classic charity race, an impressive total of $15,929 was raised over the Horses, Hats and Hope charity weekend. All funds are going directly to support breast cancer research through the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA).

The Horses, Hats and Hope gala, hosted by major sponsors Cam Clark Ford and Smithbilt Hats, took place on Saturday, October 14th at the Smithbilt location in Calgary. $7,395 was raised through the ticket sales, virtual horse race and silent auction.

Mike Nault and Asbigastexas won the C Cup Classic race held on Sunday, October 15th at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. Five amateur rider and horse teams competed for a purse of $4,000 in the charity race held over almost four furlongs between races 6 and 7 on the regular race card.  $6,857 was raised by the riders and their teams through online donations, pledges and donations made to specific riders at the track on Sunday.  Further donations brought in an additional $1677.

The Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association (A.Q.H.R.A.), Century Downs, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Alberta Division (C.T.H.S.) Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (H.B.P.A.) and Horse Racing Alberta (H.R.A.) funded the $4,000 C Cup Classic.

Our appreciation and thanks goes out to the following sponsors: Cam Clark Ford, Smithbilt Hats, Alberta Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (A.T.O.B.A.),Bar None Ranches Ltd., Energy Equine, Equine Extreme, Highfield Investment Group, Peaceful Valley Stables and White Windows Thoroughbreds.

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By Lindsay Ward 11 Oct, 2017
Support breast cancer research by sponsoring your favorite rider in the C Cup Classic this Sunday at Century Downs! Pledge on line at www.ontracktosupportbreastcancer.com . In Partnership with A.Q.H.R.A., Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, C.T.H.S. (Alberta Division), H.B.P.A. and H.R.A.
Many thanks to our sponsors: A.T.O.B.A., Bar None Ranches Ltd., Cam Clark Ford, Equine Extreme, Highfield Investment Group, Peaceful Valley Farms, Smithbilt Hats and White Window Thoroughbreds. 
By Lindsay Ward 11 Oct, 2017
Get your tickets through the CTHS Alberta office today! None available at the door.
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