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Century Mile Ceremonial Work Friday

Published: October 24, 2018 3:58 pm ET

Last Comment: October 24, 2018 4:29 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Trot Insider has been informed that Century Mile Racetrack and Casino, which is being constructed northeast of Alberta’s Edmonton International Airport, will be hosting an invitation-only event this Friday (Oct. 26) which will feature the first horses galloping over the facility’s mile-long track.

The ceremonial run will take place at 3:00 p.m.

Construction of the Century Mile Racetrack began in the summer of 2017. This Friday will be the first-time horses gallop the track. The first official races will occur in the spring of 2019.

The Century Mile facility contains Canada’s only mile-long Class ‘A’ horse racing track west of Ontario. This is Century Casino’s second horse racing track in Alberta, joining the successful Century Downs, located just north of Calgary, which opened in 2015.

Horse racing began in Edmonton in 1882, on a rough track located in (what would become) Downtown Edmonton. From 1900 until 2018 horse racing has been hosted at Northlands Park. Starting in the spring of 2019, Century Mile Racetrack and Casino will be excited to continue the tradition of horse racing in Alberta. The track will showcase Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, and will host the Canadian Derby, a true Edmonton tradition.

This invite-only event will feature leading Alberta Thoroughbred trainer Tim Rycroft and members of the Horse Racing Alberta Board, the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association and the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

(With files from Century Mile)

October 24, 2018 - 4:29 pmIts a shame the oval couldn't

terry gudz SAID...

Its a shame the oval couldn't open this fall. With the slots not operating their will be no purse increases next year!

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