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Balzac Discussed At HBPA Meeting


Published: April 17, 2009 9:57 am ET

Last Comment: April 17, 2009 2:54 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The Edmonton Journal has run an article regarding the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association general meeting which took place last night. Horse Racing Alberta chair Shirley McClellan faced some blunt questions from horsepeople that want clarity on the Balzac situation.

"We all need some certainty," said HBPA president Jim McFadyen was quoted as saying. "We can't keep saying next year, next year, next year."

Although McClellan stated that the Balzac track does have the chance of being a reality, thoroughbred trainer R.K. 'Red' Smith was quoted as saying, "95 per cent of the backstretch believe it's not going to go." Smith went on to say, "I've got 100 horses. I'm going broke."

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

(With files from the Edmonton Journal)

April 17, 2009 - 2:54 pmI moved out here from the

I moved out here from the maritimes for the harness racing industry and now it looks like I might be moving back due to the lack of it out here. It's somewhat upsetting. I can't imagine what people who have all those horses and money invested in the industry are going through.

Kristin Scully

April 17, 2009 - 11:56 amhorsemen are going "broke"

kevin siever SAID...

horsemen are going "broke" due to fighting over the same $ instead of cooperating and building the horse racing industry as a whole instead of tb/stb as seperate industries. together we stand divided we will fall! AND we are dying a slow death!

Kevin Siever

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