A Little About The Track
Open year round, the property boasts a large grandstand with plenty of indoor seating for viewing the races on both the first and second floor, as well as a third floor with luxury suites above the finish line. The space is also available for weddings, corporate events and Christmas parties.
In addition to the one mile dirt track, there is a 7/8 turf track as well. Featuring live standardbred horse races from July to October in 2020. Outside of the live race season, guests can view streaming international races in the simulcast lounge!
Inside the restaurant, you will also find a VLT lounge! During the winter months, we offer hayrides from 5-8PM with a donation of $5 per person (reservations required). In 2020, we opened up our outdoor skating surface under the grandstand overhang!
A Little About Us...
The Track is locally owned and operated by Kurt & Kyla Belich and their business partner Ross Morrison. Learn more about the owners and their amazing management team below!
The Funky Monkey Kitchen + Bar is home to Executive Chef Sophear (Pete) Sok and his amazing Western Gastro and Asian Cuisine. Chef Pete is a brilliantly talented award-winning chef that has a very extensive and diverse background in the restaurant industry. A hilarious and personable man, you will often see him visiting guests in the restaurant and if you have the pleasure of attending one of his cooking classes, you will experience his delightful sense of humour.
Through a mutual friend, we had approached Pete in 2018 to have him help to create our menu and facilitate our first race season. What started as a commitment of a few months quickly turned into a long-term friendship and partnership with a vision for the future and many exciting collaborations.
Chef Pete was the oldest brother in his family of seven with one older sister, two younger brothers and one younger sister. Having endured four years in Thailand refugee camps fleeing from his native land Cambodia because of the Khmer Rouge war, his family was able to immigrate to Canada when Pete was just 5 years old. The Sok family are very proud Canadians that were able to establish several successful business ventures.
Pete is married to his adoring wife, Melissa, and they welcomed their first baby, Maximus in 2019. Chef Pete was raised with a Southeast Asian Cuisine background and is classically trained in French Cuisine having studied at Le Cordon Bleu Sydney and Ottawa. He spent over a decade at a renowned Steakhouse starting as an appetizer cook/dishwasher and worked his way up to a General Manager and National Corporate trainer. During his time there, Pete helped launch six new locations. He spent three years operating Bamboo Hut in Sylvan Lake, which his brother Dany now operates independently. His other brother Pon and sister Sue still operate Blue Dragon in Red Deer. For five years, Pete also operated his own restaurant, Sophear in Red Deer.
In 2015, Pete competed against his brother Dany on Chopped Canada. Given some very challenging ingredients, Pete was victorious!
In 2019, our team planted what will be the first of many garden plots and veggie/herb planters. With this farm-to-table approach, Chef Pete utilized as much fresh produce as possible in his dishes.
Chef Pete loves the opportunity to be creative with weekly features and when there is an opportunity for a unique catered event. His well-rounded menu is sure to please all of our guests, from the traditional “meat and potatoes” to those with a more exotic palate!
She brings to our team 25+ years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Through her many life and work experiences, she has developed a very personable attitude and is eager to provide excellent service, resolve conflicts, and is a joy to have on our management team.
You may not find a friendlier person in our building, so whether you had an amazing experience or a concern that needs to be addressed, Janice is your go to; she will always look forward to hearing from you.
She graduated from RDC with a diploma in Social Work in 2019 and dreams of combining her education and love for horses into a career one day. She has been involved with horses for 14 years, four of which were spent guiding trail rides at an outfit that used mainly retired standardbred race horses.
Crystal entered into the racing world in 2015 as an outrider and in 2017 as a groom; this is where she truly developed a passion for the Standardbred breed and a great appreciation for their versatility. She joined the crew at Track on 2 in the spring of 2019, and now, outriding as a co-owner of a gelding who races at the Track on 2, the races really could not get any more exciting for her. She takes her job looking out for the horsemen on the track and parading the races seriously, but that doesn’t mean she won’t have a smile or a laugh for you at the rail. So be sure to come over and say hi to her and her mare, Nova, on the next race day!