Friday night marks the return of popular female rider Shannon Beauregard after missing all of 2012. "I can't wait!" says an excited Beauregard. "I am so excited!" She'll see action in Races 1, 4, 6 and 7 on the card.
Saturday afternoon features nine races (seven at 6F and three at 3 1/2F) with the final live dash taking place following the simulcasted Kentucky Derby (approximately 5:00 PM). Racing gets under way at 1:00 PM with the 8th race '$20,900 Allowance' highlighting the card. Gone In A Flash, with Rico Walcott aboard for trainer Ron Grieves, always comes to play and will look to begin his 2013 campaign on a winning note. *Walcott is just 3 wins shy of 500 career victories going into opening weekend.
Noticeably absent, this weekend, will be jockeys' Quincy Welch (day-to-day and likely makes it back in the irons next weekend), Jorge Espitia (riding suspension - due back May 11th) and Stephan Heiler (out indefinitely).
HBPA AGM held
The HBPA's Annual General Meeting was held this past Monday evening. A good crowd was on hand to take in the event, in the Sky Paddock, at Northlands Park. Guest speakers were HRA Chair Rick LeLacheur and Chris Roberts of Northlands Park.
LeLacheur spoke, in detail, on the Balzac race track project. "Depending on AGLC approval, the track in Balzac could be operating by late 2014," he said. "UHA would operate the track, with Century looking after the casino side of things."
'Racing never goes out of style!' That's the theme at Northlands Park this season and Roberts gave an excellent outlook on the upcoming thoroughbred meet in Edmonton. His comments were well-received and applauded by those in attendance