Northlands Park to Cease Racing Operations

The 2016 season will be the last at the Edmonton, Alberta, track.

CBC News

Northlands Park will cease racing operations following its 2016 season, which opens May 6.

Representatives of Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, announced Wednesday that the racetrack would cease operations at the conclusion of the 2016 racing season, which opens May 6.

Horse Racing Alberta issued the following statement regarding the Northlands announcement:

"The Alberta Horse Racing and Breeding industry is rich in history, tradition and culture. Horse Racing began in Alberta in 1905, and we thank Northlands Park for being a part of that tradition for over 100 years. Obviously we are disappointed in their decision to leave racing at Northlands Park, they have been a strong partner over many years. However, we respect their decision and wish them well in their new endeavors. We will work with Northlands Park as they transition out of racing to minimize the impact on our industry.

"In Alberta, the Horse Racing and Breeding Industry is a way of life. Every day over 7,000 Albertans work hard caring for over 7,000 horses in communities across our Province.

"Horse Racing Alberta remains committed to continue to race, entertain, provide jobs and contribute significantly to Alberta's economy.

"Horse Racing Alberta is aware of interests in building a track in the Edmonton area and will explore, with our industry partners, options for racing in the Edmonton area."

Last year, Northlands Park ran five official American Quarter Horse stakes worth $136,821(US) in purses, topped by the $45,616 Alberta Stallion Futurity (R) on July 29.

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