HASTINGS NEWS BY GREG DOUGLAS

GREG DOUGLAS

THE AMAZING CORGI CRAZE

MAKES ITS HASTINGS DEBUT

Field of 46 Set to Run Sunday Afternoon  

Vancouver, B.C. (Aug. 10/18) – Hastings Racecourse is about to experience the ‘Corgi Craze’ that has captured dog lovers the world over. It began with the long line of corgis bred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and heightened with an even larger surge when a younger generation embraced the breed following the Disney fantasy adventure movie The BFG.

Sunday afternoon’s Corgi Races represent the final leg of Hastings’ popular Dog Days of Summer program.  It began with the Bulldog Races on June 23 prior to the wildly celebrated Wiener Dog Races spread over the July 14-15 weekend.

“Because of the response to the wiener dogs over the years we decided to give the bulldogs and corgis a shot this year,” says Darren MacDonald, Hastings Racecourse General Manager. “Our mandate is to get new fans out to the racetrack and we’re always on the lookout for something unique to attract people.”

Just how popular are the corgis? Look no further than last month’s ‘Corgi Meet-Up’ at Spanish Banks when organizers had to ask people not to attend if they didn’t own corgis or were not planning to adopt or buy one in the near future.  Added beach rangers from the Vancouver Park Board were summoned to Spanish Banks to keep things under control.

The only restriction the team of Hastings organizers has put on Corgi Day is that dogs not racing won’t be allowed on site.

Corgis named Porgi, Taco, Waffles, Winnie and Rolo will be out in force at Hastings – 46 in number – to compete in preliminary heats after live thoroughbred races 1, 2, 3 and 4 with the final championship heat going at approximately 4:30 p.m. after the sixth race on Sunday’s seven-race card.

Friday Night Live racing under the lights goes Friday with a 7:00 p.m. start. There will not be live racing Saturday prior to Sunday’s card that starts at 1:50 p.m.

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