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30 Years Ago: Alberta Harness Racing

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Rod Hennessy in the winner's circle in 1985 at Stampede Park Rod Hennessy in the winner's circle in 1985 at Stampede Park

The following stats come from an old TROT magazine dating back to 1986...
 
Edmonton: There were 98 race days at Northlands Park in 1986 for a total handle of $54,075,913. *Daily average was $551,795.
 
Top 5 Drivers (Wins) at Northlands Park 1986:
Keith Clark 120 ($446,254)
Jerv Clifton 65
Rod Hennessy 63
Don Monkman Jr. 57
Daryl Litke 43
 
Top 5 Trainers (Wins) at Northlands Park 1986:
Keith Clark 86 ($291,791)
Rod Hennessy 62
Clark Beelby 36
Richard Turcotte 36
Don Monkman Jr. 34
 
Track Records at Northlands Park 1986:
2YO Filly - 1986 Quille Lauxmont (E. Tracey) 1:58.4
2YO Colt - 1982 Roarin Snortin (R. Hennessy) & 1986 Scenicrsuer (T. Beelby) 1:59.2
3YO Filly - 1985 Stienam (W. Gilmour) 1:55.2
3YO Colt - 1985 Me Gotta Bret (W. Gilmour) 1:55.2
Aged Mare - 1986 Turola Hanover (G. McQuaid) 1:54
Aged Horse - 1983 Cam Fella (P. Crowe) 1:54
Aged Trotter - 1978 Holridge Alec (J. Baxter) 2:02.2
 
Calgary: There were 106 race days at Stampede Park in 1986 for a total handle of $40,100,823. *Daily average was $387,309.
 
Top 5 Drivers (Wins) at Stampede Park 1986:
Keith Clark 148 ($404,696)
Rod Hennessy 69
Ed Tracey 63
Richard Turcotte 61
Patt Barr 60
 
Top 5 Trainers (Wins) at Stampede Park 1986:
Keith Clark 111 ($282,660)
Rod Hennessy 57
Ed Tracey 47
Richard Turcotte 42
Clark Beelby 36
 
Track Records at Stampede Park 1986:
2YO Filly - 1986 Quille Lauxmont (E. Tracey) 2:00
2YO Colt - 1984 Lemoyne Hanover (F. Gillis) 1:58.4
3YO Filly - 1986 Just Takin Orders (J. Martineau) 1:58.2
3YO Colt -  1985 Falcon Seelster (T. Harmer) 1:53.3
Aged Mare - 1986 Turola Hanover (B. Sifert) 1:56.1
Aged Gelding - 1986 Me Gotta Bret (B. Sifert) 1:55.1
Aged Horse - 1986 Lemoyne Hanover (F. Gillis) 1:54.3
Aged Trotting Mare - 1982 No Stuff (A. Porter) 2:04.1
Ages Trotting Horse - 1981 Jon Coaltown (T. Turcotte Jr.) 2:02.2
 
Lethbridge: There were 6 race days at Whoop-Up Downs in 1986 for a total handle of $211,538. *Daily average was $35,256.
 
Track record at Whoop-Up Downs in 1986:
All Aged - 1984 Jonquil Bye Bye 2:00.2
 
Fair Tracks: Alberta fair tracks in 1986 consisted of the Camrose Agricultural Society and Grande Prairie.

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