03/18/2015 11:16AM

Canadian Derby once again meet highlight

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There are no notable changes from 2014 to the 37-race stakes schedule, worth just over $2 million, at Northlands Park this year.

The Grade 3, $200,000 Canadian Derby is the marquee race at the meet, which begins May 1 and concludes Oct. 24. The 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby, set for Aug. 15, is the only graded race at Northlands.

Supporting the Canadian Derby are the $50,000 Sonoma for 3-year-old fillies and two $50,000 stakes for 3-year-olds and up: the 1 1/16-mile Westerner and the 6 1/2-furlong Sun Sprint.

The 1 1/16-mile Breeders’ Handicap for 3-year-olds and up headlines seven $50,000 stakes races restricted to horses bred in Alberta on Fall Classic Day, Sept. 19.

The richest race of the meet for fillies and mares, the $75,000 Edmonton Distaff, will be held at night on Friday, Aug. 14. The $75,000 Speed to Spare will be contested over 1 3/8 miles on Sept. 7. The Speed to Spare is the richest race for 3-year-olds and up at Northlands.

Closing weekend features the one-mile Freedom of the City for 2-year-old fillies on Oct. 23 and the one-mile Canadian Juvenile for 2-year-olds on Oct. 24. Both races are worth $50,000.

2015 Northlands Park stakes schedule

Date Race Conditions Distance Purse
Sat., May 16 The Wild Rose  3YO & UP F&M 6F $50,000
Mon., May 18 The Journal 3YO & UP 6F $50,000
Fri., May 22 The Chariot Chaser 3YO Fillies 6F $50,000
Sat., May 23 Western Canada 3YO 6F $50,000
Fri., June 12 John Patrick 3YO & UP F&M 1M $50,000
Sat., June 13 Spangled Jimmy 3YO & UP 1M $50,000
Fri., June 19 RK Red Smith Stake 3YO Fillies 1M $50,000
Sat., June 20 Ky Alta 3YO 1M $50,000
Wed., July 1 3-4YO Sales Stakes Fillies 3-4YO Fillies 6 1/2F $50,000
Wed., July 1 3-4YO Sales Stakes 3-4YO C&G 6 1/2F $50,000
Fri., July 17 Northland Oaks 3YO Fillies 1M $50,000
Fri., July 17 Madamoiselle 3YO & UP F&M 1 1/16M $50,000
Sat., July 18 Count Lathum 3YO 1 1/16M $50,000
Sat., July 18 Fred Jones Stake 3YO & UP 1 1/16M $50,000
Fri., July 24 Princess Margaret 2YO Fillies 6F $50,000
Sat., July 25 Edmonton Juvenile 2YO C&G 6F $50,000
Sat., Aug. 8 Sale Stakes Fillies 2YO Fillies 6 1/2F $50,000
Sat., Aug. 8 Sale Stakes 2YO C&G 6 1/2F $50,000
Fri., Aug. 14 Edmonton Distaff 3YO & UP F&M 1 1/16M $75,000
Sat., Aug. 15 Sonoma 3YO Fillies 1 1/16M $50,000
Sat., Aug. 15 Canadian Derby (G3) 3YO 1 3/8M $200,000
Sat., Aug. 15 Northlands Marathon (Leg 1) 3YO & UP 1 3/8M $18,000
Sat., Aug. 15 Westerner 3YO & UP 1 1/16M $50,000
Sat., Aug. 15 Sun Spirit 3YO & UP 6 1/2F $50,000
Fri., Sept. 4 Bird of Pay 2YO Fillies 6 1/2F $50,000
Sat., Sept. 5 The Birdcatcher 2YO C&G 6 1/2F $50,000
Mon., Sept. 7 Speed to Spare 3YO & UP 1 3/8M $75,000
Mon., Sept. 7 Northlands Marathon (Leg 2) 3YO & UP 1 5/8M $19,000
Sat., Sept. 19 Premier's Futurity 2YO 6 1/2F $50,000
Sat., Sept. 19 Sturgeon River 2YO Fillies 6 1/2F $50,000
Sat., Sept. 19 Alberta Oaks 3YO Fillies 1M $50,000
Sat., Sept. 19 Beaufort Stakes 3YO 1 1/16M $50,000
Sat., Sept. 19 Red Diamond Stakes 3YO & UP 6 1/2F $50,000
Sat., Sept. 19 Fall Classic Distaff 3YO & UP F&M 1 1/16M $50,000
Sat., Sept. 19 Breeders' Handicap 3YO & UP 1 1/16M $50,000
Sat., Oct. 3 Northlands Marathon (Leg 3) 3YO & UP 2M $20,000
Sat., Oct. 10 The Dutchess of York 3YO & UP F&M 1 1/16M $50,000
Mon., Oct. 12 The Harvest Gold Plate 3YO & UP 1 1/16M $50,000
Fri., Oct. 23 The Freedom of the City 2YO Fillies 1M $50,000
Sat., Oct. 24 Canadian Juvenile 2YO 1M $50,000