Century Mile Racetrack Allowed to Renew Horse Races

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Following an equine influenza outbreak, the Century Mile Racetrack has been cleared to recommence horseracing activities.

2021 hasn’t been too kind on Century Mile Racetrack, with the pandemic-related restrictions giving way to further activity curtailments due to an unanticipated outbreak of equine influenza.  Nonetheless, the vets have now deemed the venue virus-free, and Horse Racing Alberta has given the go-ahead for races to resume.

Due to the equine influenza outbreak, Century Mile Racetrack was forced to cancel several racing events from the current live harness calendar over the last two weekends. Horse Racing Alberta expressed its gratitude to all trainers, vets, racetrack staff, and the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association for their cooperation and patience during the shutdown.

Racing Events Ready to Resume

Last week, Horse Racing Alberta stated that Century Mile Racetrack is safe to host horseracing events again. The corporation, along with the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association and the track’s management, has closely monitored the situation at the venue before clearing the track for other events.

Due to the cancellation of racing dates, Horse Racing Alberta extended the qualifying period for the local horses from 45 days to 60 days until the end of December. Additionally, the racetrack accepted entries on Tuesday, 7 December. The track is projected to announce new race dates in the upcoming days.

After the discovery of the equine flu, the Alberta Communicable Diseases Control closed down the track.  All affected horses were put in quarantine and have remained isolated for a minimum of seven days, regardless of whether they had shown symptoms of the virus or not. During this time, stalls, tracks and equipment were regularly sanitised.

Horses scheduled to participate in the cancelled 19 November race were placed on the Vet List. These equines will be allowed to race again once they get taken off the list by a Horse Racing Alberta appointed vet. Initially, racing at the venue was scheduled to return on 3 December.  However, the situation was not thoroughly resolved by then.

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