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Northlands Park Bids Farewell

In the end, Northlands Park went out with a bang. Western darling Sky Promise had a lot to do with that, winning the 89th edition of the $200,000 Canadian Derby (Grade 3) with authority in the last thoroughbred race scheduled to be held at the venerable Edmonton track after 118 years worth of runners. That victory was sandwiched between wins in the $75,000 Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs on Aug. 6 and the $150,000 BC Derby (Grade 3) on Sept. 8 at Hastings Racecourse, making it something of a Western Canada triple for the son of Sky Mesa—Maddie’s Promise. The fans sent the old Alberta track out in style, too. They started arriving early on Aug. 25 in their Canadian Derby finest — top hats and tails for the gents; gowns, furs and fascinators for the ladies — and the attendance swelled as the day went on to a total…

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