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1911, 2019

2019 Announcement – Appointment of HBPA Manager/Executive Director

By |November 19th, 2019|

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

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2019 Alberta Bred Bonus Adjustment

By |October 15th, 2019|

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.

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Introduction of Digital Tattooing – January 1, 2020

By |October 3rd, 2019|

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

210, 2019

Century Downs: Live Racing Day added to Schedule: Saturday October 12, 2019

By |October 2nd, 2019|

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

309, 2019

Paddock Room Available For HBPA Use 2019 Century Downs Meet

By |September 3rd, 2019|

Paddock Room Available For HBPA Use 2019 Century Downs Meet Century Casinos has once again made available to Owners and Trainers the “Paddock Room” on race days at Century Downs which is located on the second floor at the north end of the Grandstand.  There will be no gratis service.  It would be helpful if those using the room to occasionally order off the menu or order service from the Homestretch Bar. The dates in which the room is not available are as follows: September 14th (Fall Classic Day) September 15th (Lorne Dupont memorial) September 21st (Marcel Crowe memorial) September 28th (Cam Powley and Joanne Davis memorial) The smaller Boardroom will be available on said dates. Please refer any questions with respect to the foregoing to Mat Monaco at 403-650-6448.

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2019 Bookkeeper Hours Century Downs

By |September 3rd, 2019|

Horsemen’s Bookkeeper: 2019 Century Downs Meet Office Located in Backstretch Race Office  Hours of Operation - Effective Wednesday September 4, 2019  Monday - Closed (Except October 14) Tuesday - Closed Wednesday - 9 am – 4 pm Thursday - Closed Friday - Closed Saturday - 9 am – last race Sunday - 9 am – last race   Contact Information:  Amanda and Virginia (Trainee)  Direct line: 1-587-349-7777 ext. 7801 Cell: 403-700-8620 E-mail:

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