Northlands may be thinking about getting out of the horse racing business, but not this weekend.
The 20th edition of the Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic features the top thoroughbred horses in the province, and a $350,000 purse over seven stakes races.
Meanwhile, the future of the racetrack and casino remains to be seen due to the Vision 2020 plan.
“We’re kind of on a wait and see pattern right now,” explained the track’s interim general manager Scott Sinclair. “We have the RFP (Request For Proposal) process that the HRA (Horse Racing Alberta) stuck out about two months ago and they’re at the cusp of making their decision right now of what is the future for horse racing. We’ll see what happens. Will there be racing here next year at Northlands . . . potentially.”
The racing gets underway at 1 p.m., Saturday, and then you can see all of the future thoroughbred stars at the sale on Sunday afternoon at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
Sinclair says bids are expected to range from a thousand dollars, all the way up to $100,000.
“In addition to the racing elements, we have Alberta Market Place, where a bunch of local producers are here selling their wares; kind of like a flea market atmosphere. We also have promotion where we’re giving away five or six different prizes. Tickets to CFR, and not to mention on the casino floor — we’re giving away a trip to Las Vegas.” (rk/td)