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Did you know? (December 2023)

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Century Downs (CDR) and Century Mile (CMR) Industry Updates

Project Updates:

  1. Century Downs Re-sloping/Grading of Racetrack.
    • Status update: Completed. Track has been land surveyed and reset to the original design with GPS heavy equipment
  2. Century Downs installing insulation, heat, accessible wash racks, and hot water in Barn #3, #4, #5, #6. Scheduled to be completed by April 1, 2024, or sooner.
    • Status update: Insulation ordered. Contractors quoting on heating/ mechanical/ electrical
  3. Century Downs installing racetracklights. Scheduled to be completed by April 1, 2025, or sooner.
    • Status update: Initial drawings of light fixtures received. Light fixture and electrical infrastructure fit-up quoting underway

Racing and Backstretch Updates:

  1. CDR and CMR focusing on best practices to ensure safe racing conditions for the Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds and Quarter Horses. In collaboration with the horsemen and HRA, and prior to each race meet CDR and CMR:
    • Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) will conduct a racetrack inspection determining and confirming the track’s suitability to conduct safe live racing. Any deficiencies or recommendations identified will be addressed using all reasonable efforts to resolve in a timely manner
    • Ensure each racetrack accommodates standardized and consistent sloped turns suitable for each breed to race on interchangeably
    • Ensure a suitable and safe racing surface supervised by a dedicated and experienced Track Superintendent for each breed
  2. HRA and industry are establishing an A-Track Safety and Improvement Subcommittee to monitor and report on the progress and performance of the investments being undertaken at CDR and CMR as indicated above in point 1.
  3. We are excited to announce that Kendall Sheets has accepted the Track Superintendent position alongside of Senior Track Superintendent Doug Love. Kendall brings years of experience working both Harness and Thoroughbred tracks. Congratulations Kendall!

Fun Facts – Did You Know?

Century Mile and ASHA will be hosting the Santa (Chris Brown) vs Grinch (Phil Giesbrecht) Race Dec 22, 2023 after the first race.

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