Thoroughbred Racing

About the Track

Track Facts, Specifications & Map

Northlands Park is a dual-breed racetrack in Edmonton, Alberta — owned and operated by Northlands — a non-profit, community service organization. It was founded in 1879, before the official incorporation of the city of Edmonton, or the province of Alberta.

The first races in Edmonton were run in 1882 on a beaten track that, were it still around, would be sitting in the downtown core. In 1900, the track was moved from its home in the storied Rossdale Flats to its present site where racing continues today.

Northlands’ predescessor — the Edmonton Exhibition Association — took managerial control of the track’s racing activities in 1957. With the completion of a new grandstand and racing surface in 1951, and construction of a new racetrack in Winnipeg, the jewel of Western Canada racing, The Canadian Derby, was relocated to Edmonton. The track surface was extended 17 years later to 5/8 of a mile — and The Derby’s home was permanantly solidified.

Some other facts about the Northlands Park track:

  • 5/8 mile race track, composed of sand and clay
  • Stretch length is 527 feet
  • Most common distances are: 6 furlong, 6.5 furlong, 1 mile, 11/16 mile
  • Overnight money: $95,000 per day
  • Jockey mount: $60
  • Lasix administration: $47
  • Hitching fee of $120 paid to each horse finishing 6th or worse in all races.

grounds map

Track Records

Course Distance Horse Age Weight Time Date
Dirt 3 1/2 Furlongs Shakenwithanolive 4 119 37.80 May 21, 2010
Dirt 5 1/2 Furlongs So Long Fellas 5 115 1:04.40 Aug 16, 1975
Dirt 6 Furlongs Littlemiss Allison 4 122 1:09.60 Oct 03, 2009
Dirt 6 1/2 Furlongs Timely Ruckus 6 118 1:15.40 Jun 26, 1999
Dirt 1 Mile Bagfull 5 115 1:35.80 May 16, 1981
Dirt 1 1/16 Miles Chilcoton Blaze 4 119 1:42.60 Aug 04, 1984
Dirt 1 5/16 Miles Arctic Laur 7 116 2:09.00 Aug 20, 1995
Dirt 1 3/8 Miles Slyly Gifted 3 126 2:15.80 Aug 30, 1986
Dirt 1 5/8 Miles Dancers Nugget 6 117 2:45.20 Sep 21, 2001
Dirt 2 Miles Skimmer Jim 5 120 3:30 Oct 03, 2015