Stampede Park is still in the horse racing game.
The Sun has learned that thoroughbred racing will return to the Calgary track next spring. A formal announcement is expected later this week.
Although it appeared to many people that Stampede Park had closed its doors to racing last month, this new one-year deal will be a major shot in the arm to the racing industry.
It will mean Northlands Park in Edmonton will likely be able to host harness racing next spring and then host a major thoroughbred meet next summer.
Without a deal, the Edmonton track would have likely held thoroughbred training and racing from February to late September next season, leaving the harness industry in major trouble.
The latest arrangement with Stampede Park also makes it relatively clear that the proposed $200-million racetrack near Balzac won't open until at least 2009.
A LOT TO GET USED TO
With all the hardware Tony Parker has racked up playing for the NBA-champion San Antonio Spurs, it's the latest addition to his collection -- his wedding ring -- that's on his mind.
Parker, just back from a honeymoon with actress-wife Eva Longoria, said the band will take some getting used to.
"It's weird, it's weird," Parker said Tuesday night. "I don't wear rings.
CANUCK IN FINAL FOUR
Four players, including Canadian Tuan Lam, remained at the final table of the World Series of Poker's main event after British player Jon Kalmar lost a head-to-head bet against South African Raymond Rahme yesterday.
"I'm very nervous coming into the finals," Lam was quoted by the Waterloo Region Record. "I didn't know that I would go that far but I always have confidence in myself."
The Toronto Blue Jays intend to make a strong push to land either the 2010 or 2012 all-star game when Major League Baseball starts poring over candidates in the coming weeks.
"We'll be making the request once again," team president Paul Godfrey said in an interview yesterday. "We hope we'll get it in '10 or '12."
LATE INNING BLUNDER
Robinson Cano singled home the winning run in the 10th inning after Toronto closer Jeremy Accardo balked home the tying run in a wild ninth, and the New York Yankees rallied past the Blue Jays 3-2 last night.
Accardo's meltdown cost Roy Halladay his 11th win.