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Alberta T-Breds Facing 2010 Reduction

Published: February 25, 2010 11:25 am ET

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The 2010 thoroughbred racing schedule at Edmonton, Alberta's Northlands Park has been announced, and the runners will be forced to take a cut in dates and purses in comparison to last year.

According to an article by The Edmonton Journal, an 85-day Northlands meet has been agreed upon by the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Horse Racing Alberta. The meet's start date will be May 14, which the article describes as the latest start in modern Alberta racing history.

The thoroughbreds were allotted 96 race dates in Alberta last year, but the meet was eventually shortened to 89 days. The meet had over 100 dates in both 2007 and 2008.

The report also states that the thoroughbreds will be running for less purse money this upcoming season. Runners chased $10.7 million purses in Alberta last year. The 2010 meet will see the thoroughbred compete for $10 million.

The HBPA's executive director Mat Monaco, offers comments on the purse reduction in the article.

(With files from The Edmonton Journal)


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