Assiniboia Downs, Century Mile and Hastings Racecourse have joined forces to create a new Western Canadian Triple Crown debuting in 2023. The series begins with the $125,000 Manitoba Derby Aug. 7, continues with the $200,000 GIII Canadian Derby Aug. 26 and concludes with the $125,000 GIII British Columbia Derby Sept. 16.
In addition to $450,000 in purse money, there will be an additional $100,000 bonus should a horse win all three races.
“To link a meaningful financial bonus to the already robust purse offerings should only elevate the participation and competitiveness of the races,” said Darren Dunn, Assiniboia Downs Chief Executive Officer. “It also results in a rewarding outcome for both the racing fans and related horse connections. We are excited to work collaboratively with our western provincial partners who are so energized to put an even brighter spotlight on these historic Derby events.”
Allen Goodsell, Racing Manager at Century Casinos, praised officials at both Assiniboia Downs and Hastings Racecourse for the teamwork needed to create the series.
“This initiative will bring additional fanfare and excitement to Western Canada’s premier races for 3-year-olds,” Goodsell said. “We look forward to additional collaboration in the future which only strengthens our collective industries.”
Nichelle Milner, BC Director of Racing, looked forward to expanding the series’ rewards in the future.
“A Western Canadian Triple Crown has such great potential,” Milner said. “I can see eventually awarding points for first, second and third place finishes and have the top three connections profit from it. We’re thrilled to be part of it.”