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  • Century Casinos wins local horse racing bid

    Edmonton horse racing contract awarded to gaming company
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...pany-1.3769645

    Alberta has chosen an international gaming company to own, build and operate a new horse racing facility in the Edmonton market area.

    Century Casinos Europe GmbH is the successful candidate. Expressions of interest for the contract closed in May 2015.

    The announcement was made Monday by a non-profit, private organization called Horse Racing Alberta (HRA), after months of speculation about the future of the sport in Edmonton and the province at large.

    A news release didn't specify the exact location for the new racetrack or say when it would open.
    I'm surprised, I thought Enoch Cree would be a no-brainer for this.
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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    Century Casinos plans to build new horse-racing track south of Edmonton
    http://globalnews.ca/news/2950086/ce...h-of-edmonton/

    Century Casinos has been chosen by Horse Racing Alberta to build, own and operate a new horse-racing track in the Edmonton area.

    Century Casinos plans to build a new track and casino south of the city on Edmonton International Airport land, west of the RedTail Landing golf course.

    “It’s basically going to be modelled after our Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Calgary,” Paul Ryneveld with Century Casinos said, adding the Edmonton facility would be about 50 per cent larger than Calgary’s.

    Ryneveld said the plan is to build a mile-long track with stabling for up to 800 horses. The facility will be two, possibly three, floors. Century Casinos hopes to break ground either later this year or early 2017, with plans to open in late 2018.
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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    • #3
      We need more details. I can't picture what they have planned to make this work.

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      • #4
        For the love of all that is good, can someone explain why everyone is so keen to build stuff next to our airport? As far as airports go, ours is little league and we have about zero tourism. From where I stand, all this development (outlet mall, casino, etc.) is simply SEC round two, even further from the city.

        Is there some data that supports sub-suburban retail and entertainment development? Or are they just getting in now before the city gets there?
        "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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        • #5
          Maybe this means horses and sprint cars on the same track.

          I think I'm Joking.
          There can only be one.

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          • #6
            If a track was not successful in the city, why would it be successful on the edge of the city?

            "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
              If a track was not successful in the city, why would it be successful on the edge of the city?
              the first step - regardless of where it is in the region - if you want a first class track is to make sure it is a one mile track. when northlands refused - for whatever reasons over the years - to increase their oval from a 5/8 mile track horse racing remained doomed at that location. 5/8 mile tracks are slower and more dangerous and owners, trainers and jockeys all hate them. it's why cineplex is successful at south edmonton common and you can't catch a movie any more at the paramount theatre.
              "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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              • #8
                From speaking with people in the racing business about this, I think they're quite happy to be moving in a couple years to the new facility, and in reference to why build it there, there's no thing there, if you build more things there, golf course, car racing, horse racing, you make it a destination
                Excellence is a continual Journey up a staircase where there is NO top step...

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                • #9
                  I think Enoch would have been a more palatable location with the casino, live venue, enough land for a mile-long track and closer proximity to the city. I get the impression that Horse Racing Alberta (headed by former Tory cabinet minister Shirley McLellan) simply wanted to replicate Century Casino's track in Calgary.

                  Anyway, another article on this:
                  http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...y-casinos-mile
                  “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                  • #10
                    Could be good for the airport. A few decent hotels with new ones in the retail district going ahead. Also shopping, golfing, and now gambling and horse racing. Sounds like it will be a big casino.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kcantor View Post
                      Originally posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
                      If a track was not successful in the city, why would it be successful on the edge of the city?
                      the first step - regardless of where it is in the region - if you want a first class track is to make sure it is a one mile track. when northlands refused - for whatever reasons over the years - to increase their oval from a 5/8 mile track horse racing remained doomed at that location. 5/8 mile tracks are slower and more dangerous and owners, trainers and jockeys all hate them. it's why cineplex is successful at south edmonton common and you can't catch a movie any more at the paramount theatre.
                      Thanks, I know squat about tracks so I was wondering if there was any rational.

                      "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong"

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                      • #12
                        ^ it's also a function of density, land itself is worth more at Northlands.


                        I was also pulling for Enoch, but I guess that was without knowing any details on Century's plan. That it's going to prop up airport finances, and that it's going to be a full-length track (Alberta's only one) is great news too though. Still very curious for details, like will this be thoroughbred ready on day one, or standard bred only, like Calgary's track. (Thoroughbred are where they ride the horses, standard bred are where they ride the wagons.)

                        Good news for the region to retain it.
                        Let's make Edmonton better.

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                        • #13
                          Does anyone here actually go to the horse races now? I do. While I was at the Canadian derby half the idiots there had no clue what was going on. These people won't drive out to the airport for races.

                          Horse Racing isn't a hot commodity in Edmonton.. pushing it out into the middle of no where will only hurt it's attendance.

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                          • #14
                            The airport can't lose for winning. Now this falls in their lap.
                            “Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity,”-Marshall McLuhan

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
                              Originally posted by kcantor View Post
                              Originally posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
                              If a track was not successful in the city, why would it be successful on the edge of the city?
                              the first step - regardless of where it is in the region - if you want a first class track is to make sure it is a one mile track. when northlands refused - for whatever reasons over the years - to increase their oval from a 5/8 mile track horse racing remained doomed at that location. 5/8 mile tracks are slower and more dangerous and owners, trainers and jockeys all hate them. it's why cineplex is successful at south edmonton common and you can't catch a movie any more at the paramount theatre.
                              Thanks, I know squat about tracks so I was wondering if there was any rational.

                              12 furlongs is considered enough of a test of thoroughbred horses. 5 furlongs tend to bunch up and lead to no surprises. Like the 400m for humans, it allows for drama, endurance, and is completed in a relatively constant sprint.
                              My hope is that you can finally get rid of the anger in your heart, and fill it with peace, compassion, understanding, and a desire to uplift rather than suppress.

                              After all, we are all together on this home, this pale blue dot, the "only home we've ever known.”

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