The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 3: General Horse Racing Rules Part 2 Race Meetings \ Division 1 Trainers’ Responsibilities

The following rule is AMENDED to read:

147 t Special rules for thoroughbred racing

(1) A *trainer may not have in their charge, in their capacity as a trainer, nor may a trainer train a *horse, in which a *jockey has a direct or indirect ownership interest.

(2) Trainers must have their horses suitably shod for the track condition. In any event, should a trainer wish to race a horse without shoes, he or she may be permitted to do so with the approval of the Board of Stewards.

(3) At thoroughbred *race meetings, each trainer is responsible for

(a) the eligibility of horses in the trainer’s care, and

(b) the accuracy of the weight shown on the *entry form of all horses in the trainer’s care, and

(c) any Canadian foaled thoroughbred must be registered with the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society prior to being allowed to race.

(4) A trainer is jointly responsible for all acts and omissions of an assistant trainer under their supervision or who substitutes for the trainer.

(5) A trainer who, at the request of the *stewards board or the paddock *judge saddles a horse that is not under the trainer’s care, is not responsible for any conduct or activity relating to the horse before the horse came under that trainer’s care.

147 t Special rules for thoroughbred racing currently states:

(1) A *trainer may not have in their charge, in their capacity as a trainer, nor may a trainer train a *horse, in which a *jockey has a direct or indirect ownership interest.

(2) Trainers must have their horses suitably shod for the track condition. In any event, should a trainer wish to race a horse without shoes, he or she may be permitted to do so with the approval of the Board of Stewards.

(3) At thoroughbred *race meetings, each trainer is responsible for

(a) the eligibility of horses in the trainer’s care, and

(b) the accuracy of the weight shown on the *entry form of all horses in the trainer’s care, and

(4) A trainer is jointly responsible for all acts and omissions of an assistant trainer under their supervision or who substitutes for the trainer.

(5) A trainer who, at the request of the *stewards board or the paddock *judge saddles a horse that is not under the trainer’s care, is not responsible for any conduct or activity relating to the horse before the horse came under that trainer’s care.

Dated in the City of Edmonton
in the Province of Alberta
this 25 day of March 2024.

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
HORSE RACING ALBERTA

 

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

Project Updates:

  1. Century Downs Re-sloping/Grading of Racetrack:
    Status update: Completed. The track has been surveyed and reset to the original design with GPS heavy equipment by KLS Earthworks and Environmental.
  2. Century Downs to install insulation, heat, and assessable hot water in Barn #3, #4, #5, #6. Scheduled to be completed by April 1, 2024, or sooner.
    Status update: Insulation Completed. Heaters hung, finishing touches on mechanical and electrical.
  3. Century Downs procured the same Thoroughbred/ Quarter Horse race surface material as used at the Century Mile and will be utilized for the Fall 2024 Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse race meet.
    Status update: Completed.
  4. Century Downs installing racetrack lights. Scheduled to be implemented by April 1, 2025, or sooner.
    Status update: Initial drawings of light fixtures received. Light fixture and electrical infrastructure fitup quoting underway.

Racing and Backstretch Updates:

  1. HRA will conduct a racetrack inspection confirming the track’s suitability to conduct safe live racing. Any deficiencies or recommendations identified will be accessed and addressed 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 have established an A-Track Safety and Improvement Subcommittee to monitor and report on the progress and performance of the investments being completed at CDR and CMR as indicated above in point one. The initial kick off meeting took place on January 17, 2024.
  3. Century would like to welcome back the standardbreds to Century Downs for their 2024 race season and welcome back the thoroughbreds and quarter horses to Century Mile for their 2024 racing season.
Barn Insulation | Hybrid GPS for race video

Barn Insulation | Hybrid GPS for race video coming in 2024

Fun Facts – Did You Know?

Starting for the 2024 race season both CDR and CMR are working to implement the Hybrid-GPS System

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The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 3: General Horse Racing Rules, Part 1 Administration of Horse Races and Veterinary Care \ Division 4 exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage

The following rule is AMENDED to read:

Rule 130 g EIPH eligibility requirements

(1) The official veterinarian may certify a horse as eligible for the EIPH Program after the horse has been examined with endoscopy by a Horse Racing Alberta licensed veterinarian to verify the horse does have pulmonary hemorrhage, and the trainer verifies, on a prescribed form, that they have determined that it would be in the horse's best interest to race with furosemide and be placed on the EIPH certified list.

(2) The official veterinarian must certify a horse as eligible for the EIPH Program if the stewards/judges board or the official veterinarian certifies, on a prescribed form, that

(a) they have received documentation that the horse is qualified for the EIPH Program in another jurisdiction,

(b) the certification is made by a veterinarian in the other jurisdiction who performs the duties ordinarily performed by the official veterinarian in Alberta, and

(c) the other jurisdiction is recognized by Horse Racing Alberta for the purpose of this section.

Rule 130g EIPH eligibility requirements currently states:

(1) The official veterinarian may certify a horse as eligible for the EIPH Program when a licensed veterinarian and trainer verifies, on a prescribed form, that they have determined that it would be in the horse's best interest to race with furosemide and be placed on the EIPH certified list.

(2) The official veterinarian must certify a horse as eligible for the EIPH Program if the stewards/judges board or the official veterinarian certifies, on a prescribed form, that

(a) they have received documentation that the horse is qualified for the EIPH Program in another jurisdiction,

(b) the certification is made by a veterinarian in the other jurisdiction who performs the duties ordinarily performed by the official veterinarian in Alberta, and

(c) the other jurisdiction is recognized by Horse Racing Alberta for the purpose of this section.

Dated in the City of Edmonton
in the Province of Alberta
this 04 day of March 2024.

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
HORSE RACING ALBERTA

 

The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 3: General Horse Racing Rules/ Part 5 General Rules

The following rule is AMENDED to read:

Rule 343 g Approved safety gear

(1) Every person mounted or driving a *horse on the premises of a *race track must wear

(a) a protective helmet securely fastened under the chin,

(b) footwear approved by the *judges/stewards board, and

(c) a securely fastened protective safety vest approved by the judges/stewards board.

Rule 343 g Approved helmet and footwear currently states:

(1) Every person mounted or driving a *horse on the *race track must wear

(a) a protective helmet, and

(b) footwear approved by the *judges/stewards board.

(2) Every *jockey and exercise person exercising a horse on the race track must wear a flak jacket of a type approved by the *stewards board.

Dated in the City of Edmonton
in the Province of Alberta
this 04 day of March 2024.

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
HORSE RACING ALBERTA

 

The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 2: Licensing Rules \ Part 2 Racing Participants: Designation and Licensing Division 2 trainer’s Licences

The following rule is AMENDED to read:

Rule 60g Application for category A trainer’s licence

(1) An individual is eligible to apply to Horse Racing Alberta for a category A trainer’s licence in flat racing, on a form prescribed by Horse Racing Alberta, only if the applicant

(a) is at least 18 years old, and

(b) has been employed as a licensed groom for at least 2 years or has equivalent experience.

(c) if the applicant has not previously completed and passed a category A trainer’s exam at a racetrack recognized by Horse Racing Alberta must successfully complete and pass an examination set by Horse Racing Alberta, and

(d) an oral examination given by the stewards board.

(2) An individual is eligible to apply to Horse Racing Alberta for a category A trainer’s licence in standardbred racing, on a form prescribed by Horse Racing Alberta, only if the applicant

(a) be a minimum of 16 years old,

(b) if the applicant has not previously held a category A trainer’s licence, successfully complete and pass a written examination set by Standardbred Canada guidelines,

(c) at the applicant’s own expense, pass a physical and an eye examination, by a physician

(i) when the application is made for the first time,

(ii) whenever required by the judges board during the term of the licence before the applicant becomes 65 years old, and

(iii) each year a licence is sought on and after the applicant becomes 65 years old.

Rule 60 g Application for category A trainer’s licence currently states:

(1) An individual is eligible to apply to Horse Racing Alberta for a category A trainer’s licence in thoroughbred racing, on a form prescribed by Horse Racing Alberta, only if the applicant

(a) is at least 18 years old, and

(b) has been employed as a licensed groom for at least 2 years or has equivalent experience.

(c) if the applicant has not previously been licensed as a trainer at a race track recognized by Horse Racing Alberta, successfully complete and pass a written examination set by a thoroughbred horsemen’s association recognized by Horse Racing Alberta, and

(d) an oral examination given by the stewards board.

(2) An individual is eligible to apply to Horse Racing Alberta for a category A trainer’s licence in standardbred racing, on a form prescribed by Horse Racing Alberta, only if the applicant

(a) be a minimum of 16 years old,

(b) if the applicant has not previously held a category A trainer’s licence, successfully complete and pass a written examination set by Standardbred Canada guidelines,

(c) at the applicant’s own expense, pass a physical and an eye examination, by a physician

(i) when the application is made for the first time,

(ii) whenever required by the judges board during the term of the licence before the applicant becomes 65 years old, and

(iii) each year a licence is sought on and after the applicant becomes 65 years old.

Dated in the City of Edmonton
in the Province of Alberta
this 04 day of March 2024.

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
HORSE RACING ALBERTA

 

Homegrown Heroes - 2018 Canadian Derby Feature (video)

Homegrown Heros features the connections to Shimshine and Regal Max — the two local favourites running in the 89th Canadian Derby. This year's renewal is set for Saturday, August 25 at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino. Post time is noon.

2024 Racing Directives

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The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 3: General Horse Racing Rules Part 2 Race Meetings \ Division 2 Entries and Nominations

The following rule is AMENDED to read:

Rule 164 t Limitation on entries

(1) A *horse may only be entered in a major and minor race meeting if:

(a) in the case of a horse that is racing for the 1st lifetime start, the horse has had, in the presence of an official clocker, 2 qualifying workouts within 30 *days of the day of the race for which it is entered and the results have been filed with the racing secretary and are included in the official program;

(b) in the case of a race of less than 6 furlongs, the horse has either started or had, in the presence of an official clocker, one qualifying workout within 30 days of the day of the race for which it is entered and the results have been filed with the racing secretary;

(c) in the case of a race of 6 furlongs or more, the horse has either started or had, in the presence of an official clocker, one qualifying workout of at least 5 furlongs within 30 days of the day of the race for which it is entered and the results have been filed with the racing secretary;

(d) in the case of a horse that has not started for 30 days or more but has had a race of five furlongs or more during the current calendar year, the horse must have, in the presence of an official clocker, one qualifying workout of at least 4 furlongs within 30 days of the day of the race for which it is entered, and the results have been filed with the racing secretary.

(2) A Quarter Horse may only be entered in a major and minor *race meeting if:

(a) in the case of a quarter horse is racing for the 1st lifetime start, the horse has had, in the presence of an official clocker, 2 qualifying workouts within 45 *days of the day of the race for which it is entered, and the results have been filed with the racing secretary and are included in the official program; and

(b) in the case the quarter horse has not started for 45 days or more, but has had raced in the current calendar year, the horse must have, in the presence of an official clocker, one qualifying workout within 45 days of the race for which it has been entered.

(3) If a race in the condition book is written

(a) in yards as the distance, all horses entered in the race would follow the Quarter Horse qualifying 45 day rule and,

(b) in furlongs as the distance, all horses entered in the race would follow the Thoroughbred qualifying 30 day rule.

Rule 164 t Limitation on entries currently states:

(1) A *horse may only be entered in a major and minor race meeting if:

(a) in the case of a horse that is racing for the 1st lifetime start, the horse has had, in the presence of an official clocker, 2 qualifying workouts within 30 *days of the day of the race for which it is entered and the results have been filed with the racing secretary and are included in the official program;

(b) in the case of a race of less than 6 furlongs, the horse has either started or had, in the presence of an official clocker, one qualifying workout within 30 days of the day of the race for which it is entered and the results have been filed with the racing secretary;

(c) in the case of a race of 6 furlongs or more, the horse has either started or had, in the presence of an official clocker, one qualifying workout of at least 5 furlongs within 30 days of the day of the race for which it is entered and the results have been filed with the racing secretary;

(d) in the case of a horse that has not started for 30 days or more but has had a race of five furlongs or more during the current calendar year, the horse must have, in the presence of an official clocker, one qualifying workout of at least 4 furlongs within 30 days of the day of the race for which it is entered, and the results have been filed with the racing secretary.

(2) A two-year old Quarter Horse may only be entered in a major and minor *race meeting if:

(a) in the case of a two-year old quarter horse is racing for the 1st lifetime start, the horse has had, in the presence of an official clocker, 2 qualifying workouts within 45 *days of the day of the race for which it is entered, and the results have been filed with the racing secretary and are included in the official program; and

(b) in the case the two-year old quarter horse has not started for 45 days or more, but has had raced in the current calendar year, the horse must have, in the presence of an official clocker, one qualifying workout within 45 days of the race for which it has been entered.

Dated in the City of Edmonton
in the Province of Alberta
this 04 day of March 2024.

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
HORSE RACING ALBERTA

 

The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 3: General Horse Racing Rules Part 2 Race Meetings \ Division 4 Apprentice Jockeys, Jockeys and Jockey’s Agents

The following rule is AMENDED to read:

Rule 207 t Attendance at the jockey’s room

(1) *Jockeys must attend at the jockey’s room each *day of the *race meeting at least one hour before post time of any race in which they are programmed to ride, unless excused by the Stewards.

(2) Jockeys must remain in the jockey’s room until their engagements for the day have been completed.

(3) After leaving the jockey’s room the jockey must not return without the consent of the jockey’s room superintendent or the superintendent’s designate.

(4) Jockeys must fulfill all engagements in respect to racing unless excused by the *stewards board.

Rule 207 t Attendance at the jockey’s room currently states:

(1) *Jockeys must attend at the jockey’s room each *day of the *race meeting to be weighted at such time as may be designated by the clerk of scales.

(2) Jockeys must remain in the jockey’s room until their engagements for the day have been completed.

(3) After leaving the jockey’s room the jockey must not return without the consent of the jockey’s room superintendent or the superintendent’s designate.

(4) Jockeys must fulfill all engagements in respect to racing unless excused by the *stewards board.

Dated in the City of Edmonton
in the Province of Alberta
this 04 day of March 2024.

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
HORSE RACING ALBERTA

 

The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 3: General Horse Racing Rules Part 2 Race Meetings \ Division 2 Entries and Nominations

The following rule is AMENDED to read:

Rule 153 t Conditions on racing a horse

(1) A *horse may only be entered in a *horse race if

(a) In the case of a horse entered in a thoroughbred *race, the horse has been registered with the Jockey Club;

(b) in the case of a horse entered in a quarter horse race, the horse has been registered with the American Quarter Horse Association;

(c) in the case of a horse entered in a race for other breeds, the horse has been registered with their respective breed organizations that are recognized by *Horse Racing Alberta;

(d) registration certificates have been filed with the *licensed operator, unless filing is excused by the *stewards board;

(e) the horse is in good standing, is owned by a *licensed owner and is in the care of and saddled by a *trainer;

(f) the horse is entered in the name of the *owner as recorded on the registration certificate or in the name of a registered lessee, or in their respective stable names.

(2) Thoroughbred horses foaled in Canada must be registered with the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society prior to being allowed to race.

Rule 153 t Conditions on entering horses in races currently states:

(1) A *horse may only be entered in a *horse race if

(a) In the case of a horse entered in a thoroughbred *race, the horse has been registered with The Jockey Club;

(b) in the case of a horse entered in a quarter horse race, the horse has been registered with the American Quarter Horse Association;

(c) in the case of a horse entered in a race for other breeds, the horse has been registered with their respective breed organizations that are recognized by *Horse Racing Alberta;

(d) registration certificates have been filed with the *licensed operator, unless filing is excused by the *stewards board;

(e) the horse is in good standing, is owned by a *licensed owner and is in the care of and saddled by a *trainer;

(f) the horse is entered in the name of the *owner as recorded on the registration certificate or in the name of a registered lessee, or in their respective stable names.

(2) Horses foaled in Canada and registered only with The Jockey Club may be entered in thoroughbred races in major meets but are not eligible for

(a) any weight allowance accorded to Canadian *bred horses or Alberta bred horses;

(b) any race restricted to *Canadian bred horse or Alberta bred horses;

(c) any *entry preference accorded to Canadian bred horses or Alberta bred horses;

(d) any weight allowance accorded to Canadian bred horses or Alberta bred horses.

Dated in the City of Edmonton
in the Province of Alberta
this 25 day of March 2024.

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
HORSE RACING ALBERTA

 

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