February 17, 2017- HBPA ALBERTA ANNOUNCES 2017 THOROUGHBRED RACE DATES
THE HORSEMEN’S BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA
THE HBPA of Alberta announces that the Association has entered into Race Contracts with Northlands and United Horsemen of Alberta (Century) to conduct “A” thoroughbred horse racing in 2017. Dates agreed to between the Parties are as follows:
Northlands Park, Edmonton
May 5 – September 16, 2017
54 live days up to a maximum of 56 days depending on horse population and funding
Backstretch Move In Date: Monday, March 6; Training starts Friday March 10
Century Downs, Balzac, Alberta
September 23 –
November 5, 2017
14 live days conducted Saturdays and Sundays with afternoon post times.
Once the Association has been advised of purse support from gaming, we will be in a position to advise the membership purse payments and the Overnite and Stakes Schedule for both Racetracks. The expectation is that this information will be available by April 1.
Questions or comments can be directed to the HBPA office or Mat Monaco at 403-650-6448.
The Alberta Thoroughbred community has lost a valued member with the passing of Lynn Chouinard on December 7 at the age of 75. Mr. Chouinard was an influential breeder, owner and builder in the industry for the past thirty years through his racing and breeding farm, Bar None Ranches. Mr. Chouinard and his family built Bar None Ranches into a world class facility which has bred and raced numerous stakes winners and champions including such familiar names as Code Name Fred, Silver Baubles, Fuhr Ore and Gone in a Flash. Bar None Ranches has received many awards over the years as a leading Alberta breeder and owner with its runners earning over $8.6 Million since the year 2000. Mr. Chouinard received the prestigious Ken Cohoe Trophy for Horseperson of the Year in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry.
After a cancer diagnosis twelve year ago, Mr. Chouinard defied the odds with his confident spirit and determination, telling Jonathan Huntington of the Edmonton Sun in 2006 that “You just stay positive and live a day at a time.” His willpower saw him through to the end of this racing season and the inaugural Century Downs Meet. Mr. Chouinard braved the snowy conditions and visited Century Downs in person on the last weekend of the season to cheer on his own Bar None horse, Surging Star, to a win. Another Bar None owned and raised horse, Remarkable Vintage, also earned the title of leading Alberta bred for the entire Century Downs meet. It was a great way to close the season for Mr. Chouinard who told Horse Racing Alberta in a 2006 interview that, “I would like to be remembered as someone who made racing very, very competitive.”
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church (338 Ave and 32 Street East, Okotoks, AB) on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be a private family event. Donations in memory of Lynn may be made to Charitable Foundation of the Family (130, 4019-8th St SE Calgary, T2G 3A5, 403-278-0249. www.familycharity.ca
) The Foundation is a charity Lynn cared a great deal about which supports those less fortunate in the area he lived and worked in. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Lynn's family through www.evanjstrong.com
. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. 403-265-1199.
Amber-Lynn Jacobson of Running Fawcett Thoroughbred is a busy thoroughbred breeder and trainer as well as a familiar name at the Alberta Thoroughbred Sales. She was the top consignor by average this year and sold the highest priced yearling with a $45,000 Point of Entry filly. One of her all-time favourite horses, however, is a six-year-old full brother to multiple stakes winner Canaveral Leader named Runmommasboyrun (Runrun).
Consigned through the 2012 CTHS Alberta Yearling sale, Runrun was the very first horse Jacobson ever bred and “when he sold, it was bittersweet but from that day,” she said. “I told (buyer) Crystal Cates, manager of Riversedge, that I wanted to have first right of refusal to buy him when he was done racing.”
Read entire article >> OTTB: RUNRUN THE RANCHER (First published in Canadian Thoroughbred on Sirebook 2018)
Thoroughbred Racing Returns to Calgary Area:
This fall was an exciting time for Thoroughbred fans as ‘A’
Track racing made a successful return to the Calgary area on September 23,
2017. This date marked the first time in nine years that ‘A’ track live
Thoroughbred racing has taken place in southern Alberta since Stampede Park ran
its last race on June 15, 2008.
In 2016, the Alberta government signed a new ten year contract with Horse Racing Alberta. This long term deal brought the Thoroughbreds back to the south end of the province this season in a partnership with Century Casinos. Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Joe Ceci, was in attendance at Century Downs on the final weekend of racing and emphasized that the partnership with Horse Racing Alberta will give the entire horse racing industry renewed stability and confidence to develop future plans, “the return of thoroughbred race horses to Century Downs is an important signal that the industry is thriving.”Read more >> Inaugural Century Downs Meet
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Jockey Club reminds Thoroughbred breeders that digital foal certificates will be replacing hard copies of foal certificates beginning with the 2018 foal crop. The transition to digital foal certificates was first announced at the Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on August 14, 2016. Read the full news release at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=1020
Breeders, as well as those who act as agents for breeders, who do not already have an Interactive Registration account should sign up for one at registry.jockeyclub.com .
“We encourage those who manage Certificates of Foal Registration to sign up for an Interactive Registration account between now and early 2018 if they have not already done so,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. “The use of digital foal certificates will allow foal papers to be easily transferred between entities at the click of a button, and we are looking forward to implementing this much-needed change.”
“We applaud The Jockey Club for pursuing this digital initiative which, given the number of certificates we manage annually, will create operational efficiencies for Keeneland and greater convenience for horsemen worldwide,” said Bob Elliston, vice president of racing and sales for Keeneland Association.
More information about digital foal certificates will be made available in early 2018 before they are officially launched in the spring.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net . Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com .
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.
Read the full press release >> Agreement Gets Thoroughbred Racing Back on Track
“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