THE HORSEMEN’S BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA Attention Horsemen 2020 Century Mile Move in and Training Horsemen will be allowed to move in and set up their stalls at Century Mile on Friday February 21st. Track opening (weather permitting) will be Monday February 24th at 9:00 am. A couple of housekeeping items from Century Mile racing management: NO PARKING in the barn area during training hours. Do not drive off the road pathways to unload your barn items. There areas off the roadways are soft due to fall of 2019 construction. If you have any questions or concerns please call the Century Mile race office at 1-587-416-5415. February 19th, 2020
THE HORSEMEN’S BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA Attention Horsemen 2020 ACCIDENT INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS It is this Association’s understanding that effective January 31, 2020, Alberta Employers can once again carry Private Accident/Disability Insurance in lieu of WCB coverage. The HBPA approached its previous Insurance Provider and obtained a quotation with respect to the cost associated with coverage. In the end, the cost would have put additional financial strain on the Association, thus for 2020 there will be no change with the procedures that have been in place since 2017. Trainers will once again be required to provide Insurance coverage for their employees through WCB. To help defray a portion of your Premium cost, the HBPA will once again rebate Trainers in good standing with WCB, $5/start for starts made during the 2020 Century Mile and Downs race meets. It will be necessary to obtain a WCB clearance Letter at the end of the Downs meet and forward
ATTENTION: HBPA MEMBERS & INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS APPOINTMENT OF HBPA MANAGER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The HBPA of Alberta is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Allen Goodsell as Manager/Executive Director effective November 20, 2019. He will report directly to the Association President and indirectly to the Board of Directors. Allen will replace outgoing Manager, Mat Monaco. To ensure a seamless transition, Mat will leave the HBPA officially on March 1, 2020. On behalf of the Association, we wish to convey our thanks to Mat for his recent contributions to the HBPA of Alberta. For those of you who may not know Allen, he has trained both Quarter horses and Thoroughbreds in Alberta and US jurisdictions since 2007 under the Goodsell Racing banner. He has served as a Director, and Officer of the Alberta Quarter Horse Association since 2011 and in 2016 was appointed President. In these roles he has maintained an excellent working relationship within the Association as well as industry stakeholders and
ATTENTION: HBPA OWNERS/TRAINERS REVISED 2019 AB BRED BONUS PAYMENTS TO OWNERS Background Clause 5 of the 2019 Thoroughbred Breed Improvement Program covers an allocation of funds ($455,322) to be paid out in real time as an added bonus on purse earnings to Owners of qualifying Alberta bred horses. Prior to commencement of racing, the Breed Improvement Sub Committee was tasked with determining the qualifying criteria and estimating a percentage amount to be paid out. In 2019, horses racing for a minimum purse and claiming price of $8,000 finishing first, second or third in races would qualify for a 23% Owner’s Bonus. Actual payments are monitored against estimates throughout the year. Depending on actual funds expended, the Program can be tweaked during the year or unexpended funds remaining at yearend are retained by HRA and added to the following year’s allocation. In the case of an overpayment, the amount would be deducted by HRA from the following year’s funding for this category.
TRPB DIGITAL TATTOO PROJECT PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY FAIR HILL, MD (Thursday, September 19, 2019) With the introduction of a digital tattoo system now less than four months away, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) announced today that it has conducted technician training in 25 states and five Canadian provinces, and that more than 900 Thoroughbreds have already received their digital tattoos. “Effective January 1st, 2020, all Thoroughbred horses that have not previously been TRPB lip tattooed must have a Digital Tattoo for race day identification,” said J. Curtis Linnell, Executive Vice President of the TRPB. “This Digital Tattoo indicates that the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau has confirmed the identity of the horse and uploaded updated digital photographs to the breed registry database at The Jockey Club.” The TRPB provides authentication of identity for every Thoroughbred racing jurisdiction in the United States and Canada. The transition to the TRPB Digital Tattoo was preceded by a requirement by The Jockey Club which calls for
ATTENTION: HBPA OWNERS/TRAINERS & BACKSTRETCH PERSONNEL RACE FANS ADDITION OF LIVE RACE DAY - CENTURY DOWNS SATURDAY– OCTOBER 12, 2019: CENTURY DOWNS Please be advised that Century Casino and The HBPA of Alberta jointly requested and received approval from Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) of our desire to add Saturday October 12, 2019 to the Century Downs Thoroughbred Race Schedule. As you know racing was canceled on Sunday, September 29 due to poor weather/track conditions. By adding the October 12 date it will keep the 2019 Downs Schedule whole at 16 live race days. Any questions with respect to the foregoing should be forwarded to the undersigned at 403-650-6448. Thank You. ORIGINAL SIGNED BY: Mat Monaco – Manager, HBPA of Alberta