go and a GIVEAWAY :: The 83rd Canadian Derby


The Canadian Derby has quite a history in our city. The first Canadian Derby to take place in Edmonton was in 1957. On Saturday, you and your friends have the opportunity to get dressed up and bet on the Thoroughbred races of the season at Northlands Park. You have no excuse, general admission and parking is free! 

We’re so excited to team up with the Canadian Derby to give our readers (yes, you!) a chance to win a private box with the perfect view for you and 3 friends at the Derby. To enter, send us your name and email address any 1 of 3 ways: by leaving a comment on this post, commenting on our facebook page, or sending an email to gillian@cityanddale.com. The lucky winner will be contacted on Friday afternoon via email with all the info needed for Saturday.

What: The 83rd Canadian Derby

Where: Northlands Park

When: Saturday, August 25 – Gates open at 9am with all day events leading up to the races.

Tickets: General admission is free, but you can reserve other tickets here.

Derby Fashion

It is customary and completely acceptable to go all out for these races. Dress in your finest Derby-inspired dress and finish off the look with the finest hat or fascinator you can get your hands on (and practice a fancy accent while you’re at it). How fun is this? For those of you who want to show off your Derby style, or those who like to appreciate others’, there is the Annual Hat Parade between 11:30am and 2:30pm. Your photo is added to their Fashion Wall and a winner is announced after the 9th race. Here are a couple places you can look for Derby appropriate hats and fascinators:

  • Headcase Hats – Two locations 10125–124 Street (780.757.4755) or #301, 10368–Whyte Avenue (above Starbucks) (780.435.6601) 
  • The Bay in Edmonton City Centre West 10205 102 Ave (780.424.0151)

Derby Betting

The horse names are entertaining enough as it is, but it’s even more fun when you’re loudly cheering those names hoping to take home some cash after their win.  Here are a couple betting terms you will need to know to be Derby-ready.

  • Win – Single horse must finish 1st
  • Place – Single horse must finish 1st or 2nd
  • Show – Single horse must finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd
  • Exacta – Two horses must finish 1st and 2nd in a defined order
  • Exacta Box – Two horses must finish 1st and 2nd in either order
  • Trifecta – Three horses come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in a defined order
  • Trifecta Box – Three horses come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in any order
  • Trifecta Key – Three horses are played, one horse (the key horse) must win 1st, with any order of 2nd and 3rd place for the other two horses.
  • Superfecta – Four horses must finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in a defined order
  • Superfecta Box – Four horses must finish 1sst, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in any order.
  • Superfecta Key – Four horses are played, one horse (the key horse) must win 1st, with any order of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place for the other three horses

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