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Experience Gordon Badger Stadium!

The Grandstand at Gordon Badger Stadium is a dominate feature of the park. It has a covered seating area with a capacity of 2,860 people that may be expanded to 5,760. The Gordon Badger Stadium is the stage for our 1/2 mile & 5/8 mile oval tracks for Live Racing. The Horses At Evergreen Park are active during two months of pari-mutuel racing July and August. This venue is perfect for Live Horse Racing, Outdoor Rodeos, World Professional Chuckwagon Races, Monster Trucks, Tractor Pulls, Music Festivals and more! For inquiries contact Evergreen Park at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call The Park at 780-532-3279

The Horses @ Evergreen Park

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    The stall doors were closed on another season of pari-mutuel racing at Evergreen Park on Sunday and there were a lot of winners.

    Tyler Walker was one and Riley Rycroft another, but The Horses At Evergreen Park also came out of the 25-day season looking pretty good too.

    “We’re up significantly in our handle; we’re up significantly in our attendance from last year again and overall, it’s just been a wonderful race season and we’ve been very fortunate with the weather,” said Dan Gorman, general manager at Evergreen Park.

    “I think we’ve made it a focus on making it more of an overall family event out here with the bouncy castles and sand piles and everything else. Our demographics (average age) are down quite a bit, so we’ve got a much younger crowd that is coming out and it is a very inexpensive, no charge night – there’s a no admittance charge to come and enjoy an outdoor activity in the Grande Prairie-area. It’s just a buzz. Horse racing excitement seems to be growing in our area.”

    Walker, in a battle with Larris Allen right to the wire, ended up the top jockey with 25 wins, 29 seconds and 28 thirds and $151,174 in purse money for the owners he raced for. Allen finished with 25 wins, 29 seconds and 22 thirds and galloped off with $157,611 in purse money.

    Rycroft - from a local family whose horse racing pedigree stretches back for decades and includes owners, trainers and jockeys - was easily the top trainer at The Horses At Evergreen Park with 24 firsts, 13 seconds and seven thirds and $115,581 in earnings.

    William Leech was second with 12 wins, nine seconds and 12 thirds and $60,152 in earnings.

    The season was highlighted by the Alberta Derby and Grande Prairie Derby on July 19, as well as the Brekkaas Vacuum & Tank Race For the Cure - Paint The Park Pink on Aug. 9

    It was the first time the Alberta Derby was held in the area. Gorman said the provincial race attracted several young spectators.

    “We were just thrilled to be able to host the Alberta Derby out at Evergreen Park this summer and we already have plans in place next year for an improved and larger purse. That particular derby day, the Alberta Derby and the Grande Prairie Derby, showcased some of the A and B horses in Alberta,” said Gorman.

    Though he said horse numbers were down this year, Gorman noted the Gordon Badger Stadium track remains highly regarded. 

    “All of the horsemen, the trainers, the owners and the jockeys all say it’s one of the finer tracks in North America and they’re always happy to come here,” he said. 

    Last weekend, for the first time, a survey was conducted asking race fans various questions that will, hopefully, help Evergreen Park in its decision-making in the future.

    Gorman said park staff have already begun to look ahead to next year at potential enhancements and changes. 

    To view a list of the top jockeys, trainers and horses click here.

    ACCOMMODATIONS: Anyone looking for accommodations during The Horses At Evergreen Park (or at any other time) can book through Evergreen Park's Preferred Hotel, the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.

    Here are the Boston Pizza Slow Horse Sweepstakes winners. They each receive a $50 gift certificate at Boston Pizza:

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    Friday, July 10: Patti Willier

    Saturday, July 11: Sarah Sather

    Sunday, July 12: Carol Lambert

    Friday, July 17: Chris W.

    Saturday, July 18: Brian Descoteaus

    Sunday, July 19: Sandra Va Schaick

    Friday, July 24: Jerry Wilner

    Saturday, July 25: Liberty Wilard

    Sunday, July 26: Tasha Johnson

    Friday, July 31: Charlotte Patterson

    Saturday, August 1: Megan Ebbett

    Sunday, August 2: Kristen Perth

    Monday, August 3:Missy Sly

    Friday, August 7: Ryan Pagan

    Saturday, August 8: Claudette Hoyes

    Sunday, August 9: Barry Vanamburg

    Friday, August 14: Mitch Limoges                                  

    Saturday, August 15: Lori Halladay

    Sunday, August 16: Angela Smith

    Friday, August 21: Heather Coutts

    Saturday, August 22: Leona Sullivan

    Sunday, August 23: Bill Pollick

    Friday, August 22: Jenna Rycroft

    Saturday, August 29: Angela Miller

    Sunday, August 30: Shane




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