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As 2020 drifts off into the realm of seeming like a bad dream, we can start looking forward to everything 2021 has to offer. Opening Day at Hastings may be around 4 months away, however the off-season preparation for the Hastings Racing Club 2021 is well underway.

Registrations are now open, and although we’ve already had a lot of people rejoin for the upcoming season, we have some room for new members and would love to see some fresh faces along for the ride! Still at only $300 for a whole year of thoroughbred ownership action, the Racing Club continues to offer fantastic value for the die hard racetracker and casual sports fans alike.

As an added incentive, for everyone who signs up for the Club before the end of January, we have a gift in the way of our first ever Racing Club merchandise! The baseball caps (shown below) will help minimize your “railbird sunburn” and be a great way to spot your fellow Clubbers at morning training or racedays.

The Club’s three horse barn is going to have a youthful feeling this year. Two-year-old, Look At My Socks and three-year-old Richard’s Command will both offer plenty of enthusiasm for the future, accompanied by Warrior’s Promise who did a stellar job against some of the best fillies and mares on the grounds in 2020.

If you have any questions at all about the upcoming Club season, just drop us an email at hastingsracingclubs@gmail.com

Matt and Mark

NEW STRIDE NEWS

Little Brown Derby

Little Brown Derby

By: Erin Shea

Little Brown Derby only raced as a juvenile, tallying one win and two thirds. The Canadian-bred son of Safely’s Mark retired with earnings of less than $5,000 and made his way to TAA-accredited New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society.

Katrina Hamilton was in the market for an off-track Thoroughbred, so she headed to New Stride near Vancouver. It was there she spotted Little Brown Derby, who was being tried by another potential adopter at the time but once she hopped on, his great canter sealed the deal.

Now called “Kato,” the gelding and Hamilton have grown their bond and have competed in the show ring up to three foot at venues such as Milner Downs and Arbutus Meadows.

“My goal with all my horses is to find what they are happiest doing and give them the tools to succeed for anyone to enjoy,” Hamilton said, adding that her mother has taken over Kato’s training and is working with him in dressage, low-level jumping, and equitation.

“Kato will be a lifelong member of our family,” she said. “He has been pleasure ridden by my boyfriend, jumped with juniors, packed me around at show jumping clinics and shows, and now he’s expanding his knowledge in my mom’s disciplines.”

Little Brown Derby

He’s also serving as a model and mascot for Hamilton’s Derby Clothing Company, a British Coumbia-based retailer specializing in everyday equestrian wear. But regardless of his official title, Kato has found a permanent place in Hamilton’s heart and herd.

“Kato was the light in my darkness,” she said. “I adopted him to be a trail horse for myself and my boyfriend when I was no longer enjoying the competition world. He has taught me just as much or more than I have taught him. He was the perfect mascot for my equestrian clothing company, and now he can enjoy his years in my herd of ever changing OTTBs.”

Little Brown Derby OTTB herd

Hamilton’s OTTB herd

NEW STRIDE NEWS

Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer

By: Alexandra Kokka

Shadow Dancer ran nine times, earning $11,900 and retiring with a record of 1-1-1. The daughter of Mass Market retired to TAA-accredited New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society shortly after her last race in 2018. Shadow Dancer spent nearly a year at British Columbia’s only accredited aftercare facility before being presented to adopter Victoria Parsons.

“I mentioned at the tack store that I was looking for a young horse,” Parsons said. “The owner of the store had adopted a horse from New Stride in the past. I looked at the adoptable horses online, contacted New Stride, sent in an application, then set a day to go try horses. Two of the horses were not yet available for adoption, but I was able to provide references for previous experience with backing young horses so I got to see them. Shadow Dancer was one of the ones not yet available, but I got along with her right away.”

Parsons immediately noticed Shadow Dancer’s calm and intelligent nature, despite the mare being just 5 years old.

“She was sensitive, light, athletic, and had a willing attitude,” Parsons said. “She was respectful of space but also very friendly and cuddly on the ground. She felt like a horse that would be an athlete and a friend—the type that enjoys having a job and hanging out with you.”

Shadow Dancer in western tack

Now, Shadow Dancer, or “Sera,” is excelling in her training and her pragmatic nature continues to shine through. Parsons keeps the British Columbia-bred engaged with a variety of tasks including aspects of natural horsemanship and liberty training.

“‘Sera’ is simple to train- She’s either calm and focused, or she’s ‘up’ and needs things to be slowed down and reapproached,” Parsons said. “Despite being a naturally enthusiastic and athletic horse, she’s never thrown me off. She wants to have a job even if that job is to stand in the arena by the hoola hoop. She’s learned how to ground tie consistently, do pole courses, and has started over fences, goes in western tack, and has started some liberty training as well. We’ve also ponied my gelding a few times and herded the deer a bit if they come into the riding ring. She calls to me when I arrive at the barn, and comes right up to the gate ready to go do things.”

Parsons has big plans for “Sera”, and with a variety of disciplines being added to the mare’s repertoire, it’s clear this pair will shine in and out of the arena.

“Right now we are working on building a solid foundation on the flat, with a goal of showing hunter/jumper,” she said. “I would also like to trail ride her more, compete in a few dressage shows, and either clinic or compete in a few western events. I’d love to try working cows on her as well, and maybe try barrel racing if she likes it.”

Parsons riding Shadow Dancer bareback

DERBY BAR AND GRILL OPENS TODAY AT 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Today’s Events

  • Monticello H 9:25 AM
  • Parx T 9:25 AM
  • Mahoning Valley T 9:45 AM
  • Meadows H 9:45 AM
  • Delta Downs T 10:55 AM
  • Fairgrounds T 11:00 AM
  • Dover Downs H 1:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY

JANUARY 1ST

SPECIAL HANDICAPPING CONTEST

DERBY BAR AND GRILL

$5000 GUARANTEED TO THE WINNER

$100.00 ENTRY FEE

YOUR SELECTIONS MUST BE IN BY 10:00AM FRIDAY, MORNING

FIRST RACE AT 12:00PM

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DERBY BAR AND GRILL WINTER HOURS

SUNDAY’S  OPEN AT 9:00AM  CLOSES AT 5:00PM

MONDAY’S  OPEN AT 9:00AM  CLOSES AT 200PM

TUESDAY’S  OPEN AT 9:00AM  CLOSES AT2:00PM

WEDNESDAY’S  OPEN AT 9:00AM  CLOSES AT 5:00PM

THURSDAY’S OPEN AT 9:00AM  CLOSES AT 5:00PM

FRIDAY’S  OPEN AT 9:00AM  CLOSES AT 5:00PM

SATURDAY’S  OPEN AT 9:00AM  CLOSES AT 5:00PM

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID 19

 

 

 

 

KEENELAND JANUARY SALE UPDATE

Keeneland Sales Update

To our customers:

As we wind down what has certainly been an unusual year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you. We could never have fathomed the challenges that we faced in 2020. However, we came together as an industry and showed our resilience when it mattered most. While our racing and sales looked different this year, we are humbled and grateful to our horsemen, clients, partners, bettors, fans and team members that supported our Summer and Fall race meets, the September and November sales and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. When the world thought we couldn’t do it, this industry made it happen. On behalf of Keeneland, thank you!

The conclusion of 2020 is also bittersweet for the Keeneland family as our President and CEO Bill Thomason retires after a decade at Keeneland and a lifetime of service to the Thoroughbred industry. We will miss Bill greatly but wish him all the best in this new chapter as he is able to spend more time with his wonderful family. I hope you’ll join me in congratulating him on the tremendous impact he has made here at Keeneland and within the Thoroughbred industry.

As we close out the year, we also have a few updates for you related to the January Sale which will take place January 11-14. The team is working diligently on preparations for the sale and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Thank you again for your continued support and I wish each of you a safe, healthy and happy holiday and a 2021 full of hope and opportunity.

All the best,

Shannon B. Arvin

SPECIAL BOXING DAY HANDICAPPING CONTEST -$5000 GUARANTEED TO THE WINNER

BOXING DAY

DECEMBER 26TH,

SPECIAL HANDICAPPING CONTEST

OPENING DAY AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE

DERBY BAR AND GRILL

$5000 GUARANTEED TO THE WINNER

$100.00 ENTRY FEE

YOUR SELECTIONS MUST BE IN BY 10:00AM SATURDAY MORNING

FIRST RACE AT SANTA ANITA IS 11:00AM

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SANTA ANITA ENTRIES FOR OPENING DAY

CONTEST IS BASED ON RACES 1-10

FIRST POST 11:00AM

FIRST RACE Probable Post 11:00 PST 
1 1/8 Miles. Turf. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Fillies and Mares. Allowance. Purse: $63,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 10   Hermaphrodite   Rosario J    124       3-1 
 3   Aunt Lubie   Espinoza V    124       7-2 
 11   Shanghai Truffles   Rispoli U    122       4-1 
 1   Kookie Gal   Prat F    124       6-1 
 8   Rocking Redhead   Cedillo A    122       6-1 
 2   Sassyserb   Santana R Jr    122       8-1 
 4   Avenue de France   Van Dyke D    122       8-1 
 6   Donut Girl   Maldonado E    124       12-1 
 5   Cover Version   Franco G    122       15-1 
 7   Go Big Blue Nation   Pereira T J    120       15-1 
 9   Tizno’s Dilemma   Valdivia J Jr    122       15-1 
       
       
SECOND RACE Probable Post 11:32 PST 
7 Furlongs. 2-Year-Olds. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $61,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 2   Affable   Prat F    122       8-5 
 6   Wipe the Slate   Gutierrez Mario    122       5-2 
 1   Barraza   Velazquez J R    122       7-2 
 4   Sir Flatter   Rosario J    122       6-1 
 5   Deservedly   Gonzalez R    122       6-1 
 7   Man Friday   Cedillo A    122       12-1 
 3   Racing Ace   Baze T C    122       20-1 
       
     Blinkers On: Wipe the Slate 
THIRD RACE Probable Post 12:04 PST 
1 Mile. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Claiming ($16,000 to $12,500)N2L. Purse: $24,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 1   Defense Wins   Cedillo A    122       5-2 
 2   Hapi Hapi   Pereira T J    122       3-1 
 7   Zorich   Prat F    124       3-1 
 4   Alvaaro   Hernandez J J    124       7-2 
 5   Next Revolt   Desormeaux K J    122       8-1 
 8   Bam Bam Again   Pyfer J    115       12-1 
 3   Tromador   Maldonado E    122       15-1 
 6   Bodega   Centeno A    115       20-1 
 0   Union Leader   SCRATCHED    0   SCRATCHED     
       
       
FOURTH RACE Probable Post 12:36 PST 
1 Mile. Turf. 3-Year-Olds. MthsBrMl (Grade 2). Purse: $200,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 5   Smooth Like Strait   Rispoli U    124       8-5 
 6   Field Pass   Santana R Jr    122       5-2 
 7   Scarto   Prat F    120       4-1 
 1   Whisper Not   Rosario J    120       5-1 
 3   Storm the Court   Velazquez J R    120       8-1 
 2   Strongconstitution   Cedillo A    122       12-1 
 4   Heywoods Beach   Hernandez J J    120       12-1 
       
       
FIFTH RACE Probable Post 1:06 PST 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 2-Year-Olds. Fillies. California-bred. Maiden Claiming ($50,000 to $45,000). Purse: $35,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 11   Warren’s Memorable   Centeno A    115       7-2 
 5   Half Hoping   Valdivia J Jr    122       4-1 
 10   Great Curves   Baze T C    122       4-1 
 1   Big Chick   Cedillo A    118       8-1 
 6   Miss Tater Tot   Maldonado E    122       8-1 
 8   Watchful Eye   Hernandez J J    118       8-1 
 9   Ms Michelle   Pereira T J    122       8-1 
 7   Here Comes Ralphie   Franco G    118       12-1 
 4   Esja   Pyfer J    115       15-1 
 3   Medusa’s Gaze   Gonzalez R    122       20-1 
 12   Grazen Road   Rivera S    117       20-1 
 2   Military Princess   Amparan F    122       50-1 
       
     Blinkers On: Medusa’s Gaze 
SIXTH RACE Probable Post 1:37 PST 
6 1/2 Furlongs. Turf. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Allowance. Purse: $63,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 12   Anaconda   Van Dyke D    122       4-1 
 8   Preaching Trainer   Rosario J    124       5-1 
 1   Tripoli   Rispoli U    122       6-1 
 6   Quick Finish   Velazquez J R    124       6-1 
 2   Rayray   Prat F    124       8-1 
 4   Highly Distorted   Hernandez J J    124       8-1 
 9   One Flew South   Cedillo A    124       8-1 
 5   Appreciated   Pereira T J    124       10-1 
 7   Club Aspen   Centeno A    115       12-1 
 13   City Rage   Prat F    124       12-1 
 10   Mecklenburg   Gutierrez Mario    122       15-1 
 11   Wayne O   Gonzalez R    122       15-1 
 3   The Rule of King’s   Franco G    122       30-1 
       
     Blinkers On: Mecklenburg 
SEVENTH RACE Probable Post 2:09 PST 
1 1/16 Miles. 3-Year-Olds and Up. SnAntno (Grade 2). Purse: $200,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 8   Mucho Gusto   Velazquez J R    123       2-1 
 4   Sharp Samurai   Prat F    121       5-2 
 3   Extra Hope   Hernandez J J    123       5-1 
 6   Midcourt   Espinoza V    123       5-1 
 7   Idol   Saez G    119       5-1 
 5   Combatant   Santana R Jr    123       12-1 
 1   Take the One O One   Valdivia J Jr    121       15-1 
 2   Kiss Today Goodbye   Smith M E    119       15-1 
       
       
EIGHTH RACE Probable Post 2:43 PST 
7 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds. Fillies. LaBrea (Grade 1). Purse: $300,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 5   Finite   Santana R Jr    122       7-2 
 2   Merneith   Velazquez J R    120       4-1 
 8   Motivated Seller   Rispoli U    120       5-1 
 11   Stellar Sound   Espinoza V    120       5-1 
 4   Secret Keeper   Cedillo A    120       6-1 
 3   Himiko   Prat F    120       8-1 
 6   Biddy Duke   Hernandez J J    122       12-1 
 7   Provocation   Rosario J    120       12-1 
 9   Fair Maiden   Gonzalez R    120       12-1 
 10   Golden Principal   Smith M E    120       12-1 
 1   Princess Mo   Franco G    120       50-1 
       
       
NINTH RACE Probable Post 3:17 PST 
1 1/4 Miles. Downhill tur. 3-Year-Olds. Fillies. AmrcnOks (Grade 1). Purse: $300,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 9   Sharing   Velazquez J R    124       3-1 
 5   Luck Money   Santana R Jr    124       7-2 
 3   Capital Structure   Rosario J    124       4-1 
 8   Duopoly   Prat F    124       4-1 
 4   Going to Vegas   Gutierrez Mario    124       8-1 
 1   Red Lark   Van Dyke D    124       10-1 
 7   California Kook   Gonzalez R    124       12-1 
 10   Neige Blanche   Rispoli U    124       12-1 
 6   Guitty   Hernandez J J    124       20-1 
 2   Miss Addie Pray   Smith M E    124       30-1 
       
       
TENTH RACE Probable Post 3:51 PST 
7 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds. Malibu (Grade 1). Purse: $300,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 3   Nashville   Santana R Jr    120       6-5 
 4   Charlatan   Smith M E    120       9-5 
 6   Independence Hall   Rosario J    120       4-1 
 1   Collusion Illusion   Prat F    124       8-1 
 2   Thousand Words   Velazquez J R    122       8-1 
 5   Express Train   Hernandez J J    120       15-1 
       
       
ELEVENTH RACE Probable Post 4:25 PST 
1 Mile. Turf. 3-Year-Olds. Fillies. Lady of Shamrock Stakes. Purse: $75,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 9   Warren’s Showtime   Hernandez J J    124       7-2 
 2   Miss Extra   Rispoli U    124       4-1 
 8   Counterparty Risk   Rosario J    120       4-1 
 4   On Mars   Smith M E    122       6-1 
 7   Nasty   Gonzalez R    122       6-1 
 10   Annangel   Cedillo A    120       8-1 
 3   Beguiled   Prat F    122       10-1 
 1   Applecross   Velazquez J R    120       12-1 
 5   Moonhall Milly   Santana R Jr    120       12-1 
 6   Last First Kiss   Baze T C    120     

GREAT CANADIAN SECURITYHOLDERS APPROVE PLAN OF ARRANGEMENT WITH AN AFFILIATE OF FUNDS MANAGED BY AFFILIATES OF APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT, INC.

December 23, 2020 – Toronto, ON – Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (TSX:GC) (“Great Canadian” or the “Company”) today announced that at the virtual special meeting (the “Meeting”) of shareholders and optionholders of the Company (together, the “Securityholders”) held today, Securityholders voted in favour of a special resolution to approve the plan of arrangement under section 288 of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia), pursuant to which Raptor Acquisition Corp. (the “Purchaser”), an affiliate of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) (together with its subsidiaries, “Apollo”) will acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company (the “Shares”) for C$45.00 in cash per Share (the “Arrangement”).

2020 SOVEREIGN AWARDS VOTING BEGINS MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021

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Voting for the 2020 Sovereign Award Champions is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 11, 2021 with the completed online ballot due no later than 5:00 pm (EST) on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

The Jockey Club of Canada is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Media Category Awards for Outstanding Writing, Photograph and Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast.

Submissions must be received by The Jockey Club of Canada office via email before 11:59 p.m. EST December 31, 2020. Please note, submissions received after this deadline will not be accepted.

To qualify for a 2020 Sovereign Award, the submissions must have appeared in a recognized public medium for the first time between the dates of January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

The three categories in which to enter submissions for the media portion of the annual Sovereign Awards are:

1. Writing
2. Photograph
3. Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast

The nominees for each of the 2020 Media Category Awards will be announced in February 2021, and the winner in each category will be announced at the 46th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony.

For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s 46th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Candice Dixon at 416-675-7756; email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

For complete Sovereign Award Media Category Rules, Submission Guidelines and Deadlines please Click Here

Submissions must be received by The Jockey Club of Canada office by email no later than December 31, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. (EST). Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred racing and breeding, both in Canada and internationally. The Jockey Club of Canada also operates as a field office of The Jockey Club; organizes the Sovereign Awards; administers the Canadian Graded Stakes program; liaises with foreign Jockey Clubs; promotes Thoroughbred ownership; and represents Canada at international racing conferences.