06/15/2004 11:00PM

Canadian Derby tops 72-day meet

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TORONTO, Ontario - Thirty-six stakes races, worth a record total of $2.07 million, will be be run during the 2004 Northlands Park meeting. The Edmonton, lberta, track begins its season next Friday.

The highlight of the meeting, as always, will be the Aug. 28 Canadian Derby, which this year receives a $100,000 purse boost to $250,000.

"We wanted to get the purse up, to attract some outside horses," said Fred Hilts, Northlands racing secretary. "For $250,000 we might get some more interest from Eastern Canada and the U.S., particularly from the western states."

The Canadian Derby, a Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds, is the only graded race of the meet.

Races that received $25,000 purse increases are the Sonoma, now worth $100,000, and the Fall Classic Distaff and Alberta Breeders', now both worth $75,000. The Fall Classic Distaff and Alberta Breeders' are among seven stakes on Alberta Fall Classic Day on Sept. 25.

There also will be two new $50,000 sales stakes for older runners this year, one for fillies and mares on Oct. 15 and one for colts and geldings the following day. Both races are at one mile.

The Alberta division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society provided most of the funding for the stakes increases, Hilts said.

The 72-day meeting will run through Oct. 30 with live racing Fridays through Sundays, most Wednesdays, holiday Mondays, and two Thursdays in July.

2004 Northlands Park stakes schedule

DATEEVENTCONDITIONSDISTANCEPURSE
Sat., June 26JOURNAL3YO & Up6 1/2 Furlongs $40,000
Thurs., July 1WESTERN CANADA 3YO 6 1/2 Furlongs 40,000
Sat., July 3WILD ROSE 3YO & Up F&M 6 1/2 Furlongs 40,000
Sun., July 4CHARIOT CHASER 3YO F6 1/2 Furlongs 40,000
Sat., July 10SPANGLED JIMMY 3YO & Up 1 Mile 40,000
Fri., July 23KY ALTA 3YO 1 1/16 Miles 40,000
Sat., July 24JOHN PATRICK 3YO & Up F&M 1 Mile 40,000
Sun., July 25 NORTHLANDS OAKS 3YO F 1 Mile 40,000
Fri., July 30EDMONTON JUVENILE 2YO C&G 6 Furlongs 40,000
Sat., July 31KLONDIKE 3YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles 40,000
Sun., Aug. 1PRINCESS MARGARET 2YO F 6 Furlongs 40,000
Mon., Aug. 2SUN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP 3YO & Up6 1/2 Furlongs 50,000
Sat., Aug. 7COUNT LATHUM 3YO 1 5/16 Miles 40,000
Fri., Aug. 13MADAMOISELLE 3YO & Up F&M 1 1/16 Miles 40,000
Sat., Aug. 14SONOMA 3YO F 1 1/16 Miles 100,000
Sat., Aug. 21SALE STAKES 2YO F 6 1/2 Furlongs 60,000
 SALE STAKES 2YO C&G 6 1/2 Furlongs 60,000
Sun., Aug. 22WESTERNER 3YO & Up 1 5/16 Miles 40,000
Sat., Aug. 28CANADIAN DERBY (Gr. 3) 3YO 1 3/8 Miles 250,000
Sat., Aug. 28EDMONTON DISTAFF 3YO & Up F&M 1 1/16 Miles 75,000
Sat., Sept. 4BIRD OF PAY 2YO F 6 1/2 Furlongs 50,000
Mon., Sept. 6BIRDCATCHER 2YO C&G 6 1/2 Furlongs 50,000
Fri., Sept. 10SALES STAKES 3YO F 1 Mile 50,000
Sat., Sept. 11SPEED TO SPARE 3YO & Up 1 3/8 Miles 100,000
Sun., Sept. 12SALE STAKES 3YO C&G 1 Mile 50,000
Sat., Sept. 25 FALL CLASSIC DISTAFF* 3YO & Up F&M 1 1/16 Miles 75,000
  ALBERTA BREEDERS'* 3YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles 75,000
  STURGEON RIVER* 2YO F 1 Mile 50,000
 ALBERTA PREMIER'S FUTURITY* 2YO 1 Mile 50,000
 ALBERTA OAKS* 3YO F 1 Mile 50,000
  BEAUFORT* 3YO 1 1/16 Miles 50,000
  RED DIAMOND EXPRESS*3YO & Up 6 1/2 furlongs 50,000
Sat., Oct. 9 FREEDOM OF THE CITY 2YO F 1 Mile 40,000
Mon., Oct. 11 CANADIAN JUVENILE 2YO 1 1/16 Miles 75,000
Fri., Oct. 15SALES STAKES 4YO & Up, F&M 1 Mile 50,000
Sat., Oct. 16SALES STAKES 4YO & Up, C&G 1 Mile 50,000

* Restricted to Alberta-breds