RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

HASTINGS TRAINING HOURS CHANGE ON MONDAY, MARCH 25TH. 

Hastings General Manager, Darren MacDonald passes along that the training hours will change is coming Monday,  The track will open for training at 7:00am.

HASTINGS WORKOUTS

The Hastings Clockers have been kept very busy the last week as training picks up as we draw closer to opening day.   With the track currently open 7 days per week we have noticed the daily as posted here in the Derby Newsletter are more evenly spread out over the week.

HASTINGS 2019 PURSE SCHEDULE

  PURSE SCHEDULE 2019    
Marathon Series   Purse BC Bred
       
Marathon #1 $6250 Opt/c $15,000 $15,000
Marathon #2 $6250Opt/c $16,000 $16,000
Marathon #3 $6250Opt/c $17,000 $17,000
CATEGORY ALW Purse BC Bred
Alw/Open ALW $30,000 $30,000
Alw/F&M/Open ALW $30,000 $30,000
Claiming C& G/ Opt/$50,000 ALW $28,000 $28,000
Claiming F&M/Opt/$50,000 ALW $28,000 $28,000
Alw/NW 2/ 3 (3 & 4 yr olds) ALW $20,000 $20,000
Alw/NW 2/ 3 ( 3 & 4 ) Fillies ALW $20,000 $20,000
Alw/NW 2 ( 3 yr olds) ALW $20,000 $20,000
Alw/NW 2 ( 3 yr olds) Fillies ALW $20,000 $20,000
   
CATEGORY Claim $ Purse BC Bred
Claiming C& G $35,000 $24,000 $24,000
Claiming F&M $35,000 $24,000 $24,000
Claiming C& G $25,000 $20,000 $20,000
Claiming F&M $25,000 $20,000 $20,000
Claiming C&G $16,000 $15,000 $18,750
Claiming F&M $16,000 $15,000 $18,750
Claiming NW2/BC3 C&G $16,000 $13,000 $16,250
Claiming NW2/BC3 F&M $16,000 $13,000 $16,250
Claiming C&G $12,500 $14,000 $17,500
Claiming F&M $12,500 $14,000 $17,500
Claiming C&G $8,000 $12,500 $15,625
Claiming F&M $8,000 $12,500 $15,625
Claiming NW2/BC3 C&G $8,000 $11,500 $14,375
Claiming NW2/BC3 F&M $8,000 $11,500 $14,375
Claiming C&G $6,250 $11,500 $14,375
Claiming F&M $6,250 $11,500 $14,375
Claiming NW/2019/NW2/NW3NW/4 C &G $4,000 $11,000 $13,750
Claiming NW/2019/NW2/NW3/NW4 F&M $4,000 $11,000 $13,750
Claiming Non 1-2-3 $4,000 $10,000 $12,500
Claiming Non 1-2-3 $4,000 $10,000 $12,500
   
Maiden Races Only ALW Purse BC Bred
MDN – C&G MSW $25,000 $25,000
MDN- F&M MSW $25,000 $25,000
MDN – 2 yr C&G MSW $25,000 $25,000
MDN- 2 yr F&M MSW $25,000 $25,000
Mdn 2 yr 3 1/2 * to July 31 MSW $25,000 $25,000
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * After Aug 1 MSW $20,000 $20,000
Mdn $75,000 $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
Mdn $75,000 F & M $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
MDN 2 yr C&G $75000 $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
MDN 2 yr  F&M $75000 $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
MDN 2 yr olds 3/12 * $75000 $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
MDN $50,000 $50,000 $20,000 $20,000
MDN $50,000 F & M $50,000 $20,000 $20,000
MDN 2 yr C&G $50000 $50,000 $20,000 $20,000
MDN 2 yr  F&M $50000 $50,000 $20,000 $20,000
MDN 2 yr olds 3/12 * $50000 $50,000 $16,000 $16,000
   
Maiden Races Only Claim $ Purse BC Bred
MDN   C & G $25,000 $16,000 $20,000
MDN   F&M $25,000 $16,000 $20,000
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * (C&G) $25,000 $13,000 $16,250
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * $25,000 $13,000 $16,250
MDN   C & G $16,000 $14,000 $17,500
MDN   F&M $16,000 $14,000 $17,500
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * $16,000 $13,000 $16,250
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * Fillies $16,000 $13,000 $16,250
MDN C&G $12,500 $13,000 $16,250
MDN F&M $12,500 $13,000 $16,250
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * $12,500 $11,500 $14,375
MDN C&G $8,000 $12,000 $15,000
MDN F&M $8,000 $12,000 $15,000
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * $8,000 $11,000 $13,750
MDN C&G $4,000 $11,000 $13,750
MDN F&M $4,000 $11,000 $13,750

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

HASTINGS NEWS

Hopefully training horses will get back to normal sometime this week, but as I write this update its currently snowing at my house in south Langley.  The forecast looks good starting tomorrow and hopefully winter is over and we can get back on schedule.

We started postings Hastings Workouts which we will do daily until the end of meet.

The starting gate will open for schooling etc. on Wednesday, March 13th which is tomorrow.  The Paddock will also be open on Wednesday for schooling during training hours.

PURSE POOL 2019

Horsemen’s Associations are meeting today to put the final touches on the 2019 Purse Pool and as soon as that is done Condition Book #1 should follow shortly after.

CTHS HORSES OF RACING AGE SALE

The advanced hype for this Saturday’s Horses of Racing Age has been very strong and hopefully its going to be a fairly strong sale.  The Preview of the Horses training on Saturday, March 9th can be found of the CTHS Website or Hastingshorsesale.com

To see the Preview Video just click on the Hip # and the video will appear along with pedigree page and past performance lines on those who have run.

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

HASTINGS CHANGES TRAINING HOURS

Hastings Racing Office announced due to the continuing cold spell that the track hours till further notice will be from 10:00am till 2:00pm

OPENING DAY AT HASTINGS

Racing Associations are currently discussing some possibilities to setting back opening day at Hastings. The current cold spell and the number of training days missed so far is obviously having an serious effect on having horses ready to run on April 21st.  We will keep you updated as talks continue with Hastings Management.

 WEATHER FORECAST AND LONG TERM FORECAST

Snow Warning is in effect for today and tomorrow with amounts up to 10 cm predicted.  The Long Range Forecast is for continuing below freezing overnight temperatures to at least March 2nd.  Where is that Global Warming?

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES – OFF TO SUPER BOWL – NO NEWS LETTER UNTIL NEXT WEDNESDAY

 

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

My family and I are off today to our annual trip to Las Vegas for Super Bowl.

We will not be returning until next Wednesday, so there won’t be a Derby News Letter until we return.

 

FURTHER HASTINGS UPDATES

HASTINGS TRACK TO OPEN FOR TRAINING ON SATURDAY

I ,  spoke yesterday morning with Hastings, GM, Darren MacDonald on the long range weather forecast which is predicting below freezing temperatures overnight between Minus 5-8 until February 13th.

Darren has assured me the track maintenance crew will work around the clock in that period to keep the track open for training.

SNOW AND ICE

The track has also plan in place for snow and ice removal if that happens.

They need our help to try to keep the roads and shedrows clear of ice.

BARN HOSES

Everyone knows we have to keep our hoses running so that they don’t freeze.  Please put your hoses in a drain and not running down the roadways.  Its almost impossible to clear ice when people leave their hoses running down the roadway.

This is great news as the track crew will everything possible to keep the track and barn area clear  to the best of their ability with our help.

 

SUPER BOWL LIVE AT THE DERBY

KICK-OFF IS AT 3:30PM

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

Hastings, General Manager, Darren MacDonald sent along a finished photo of the backstretch fence yesterday.  Hastings well underway for opening of Spring Training.  The track opens on January 30th for setup and actual racing surface open on Saturday, February 2nd.

2019 STAKE SCHEDULE TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS WEEK

The  Hastings Racing Office is in the final stages or producing the 2019 Stakes Schedule and we are told it will be released later this week.  We will post a copy as soon as we receive it.

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

HASTINGS BACKSTRETCH FENCE

We spoke with Hastings General Manager, Darren MacDonald yesterday and he advises us that the backstretch fence that blew over between the 3/8th pole and the 1/4 pole during that horrific wind storm is starting Monday under construction.  MacDonald quotes it will be ready for opening day of training.

He also stated the 2019 Stakes Schedule will be published very shortly.

BC DERBY IS NOW $250,000.00

Speaking of the stakes schedule we have learned that local longtime owner and breeder, Peter Redekop has personally added an additional $100,000.00 to the BC Derby. That will make it the most prestigious race in the Pacific Northwest at $250,000.00.  We thank Mr Redekop for his very generous support of our local racing.

KEENELAND SALES

Some local breeders and buyers were active at the lately ended Keeneland Sales in Lexington, Kentucky.

Speaking to Bruce Whitehouse on Wednesday, he passed on he had bought a Bayern filly.   He purchased Hip#972 .

NATHC bought a total of eight yearlings with the intent to resell them in the September, CTHS Yearling Sale at Thunderbird Show Park.   NATHC purchased Hip#s  447, 1017, 1184,  1316, 1372, 1404, 1425 and 1463.

NATHC is now moving on to the CTBA at Ponoma on Tuesday to attempt to buy a few more for resale.

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Glen Todd’s,, Railbird notes.

2018 LIVE RACING SEASON STATS

The season total of races run was 374 which consisted of 36 stakes races and 338 overnight races.  Total payout was $7,654,679.00,  the overnight race totaled $5,484,649.00 and stake race payouts were $2,170,000.00.

Breakdown of the overnight purses was $4,953,500.00to purses, plus $501,244.00 to BC Breds and an additional $29,935.00 to 8-12 finishers.

Stake Races totals where an combinations of $712,250.00 from nomination fees, $180,000.00 from Sponsors and $1,277,750.00 from the horsemen’s purse pool.

Wintering Incentive Fund payout for horses returning from 2017 who had started  at Hastings in last start of 2017 for $6250.00 or less totaled $168,000.00 or a total of 84 horses returned.

The Maiden Special Incentive Bonus paid out a total of $170,000.00 with the Purse Pool providing $127,500.00 and the CTHS BAP Program paying $42,500.00 directly to the breeder.

Average purse pool payout on a daily average was $147,205.00 per day.  The overnight payouts averaged $16,842.00 per race. That by the way is the highest average payout since 2009.

The total number of horses that made at least one start totaled  532 horses which was slightly off of 2017 when 550 horses started.  The average number of horses per race was 6.877.

The total handle by my figures which should be fairly accurate was $25,243,879.00 compared to $27,770,077.00 in 2017 or $2,526,198.00. less then 2017.  The loss of handle was mainly attributed to only running 7 races on Sundays.

DERBY NEWSLETTER

The Derby Newsletter would like to thank the following people for their contributions during the 2018 season as without them it would be pretty boring.

Brook Ward for his weekly Horse Talk.

Tom Wolski for his weekly Hoss Talk

Greg Douglas for his Hastings News Updates

A very special thanks to Patti Tubbs, Michael Bye, Lisa Thompson, Four Footed Foto’s and Jackie Humber for all of the great  photo’s they provided us with during the season.

Of course Richard Yates a special thank you for his daily wrap-up on every racing day throughout the season made for great treading to all of our subscribers.

Mike Heads and Drew Forster for their weekly Handicapper’s Corner and their selections which appeared every week. Also a special thanks to the IT Department of my company who directed and  produced the show weekly.

Mike Heads for the  daily preview of the day’s upcoming feature race.

Last but not least thank you to the 2865 daily readers of our newsletter. We have readers daily from all over Canada, the USA and several countries around the globe.

Thank you from the many readers for their kind words about the newsletter and hundreds tell us its the first thing they read every morning when they rise.

RAILBIRD NOTES

Glen Todd’s,, Railbird notes.

NATHC has cheering interest in this Saturday’s, Pattison $800,000.00 Canadian International at Woodbine.

Our Stakes Placed Broodmare, Champagne Gal who raced here at Hastings has a half brother Thundering Blue in the race and is the morning line favorite at 2-1.

Champagne Gal is the dam of stakes placed Vintage Man at Hastings this year  and has a weanling by Mine Shaft in Kentucky.

Thundering Blue galloping at Woodbine

 
NINTH RACE Probable Post 2:41 PDT 
1 1/2 Miles. Turf. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Can Intnl (Grade 1). Purse: $800,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   PR.ODDS 

 2   Thundering Blue   Berry F    126       2-1 
 6   Spring Quality   Prado E S    126       4-1 
 10   Desert Encounter   Atzeni A    126       6-1 
 4   Funtastic   Velazquez J R    126       8-1 
 9   Johnny Bear   Contreras L    126       8-1 
 3   Khan   Lecoeuvre C    126       10-1 
 11   Focus Group   Ortiz J L    126       10-1 
 7   English Illusion   Hernandez R M    126       15-1 
 1   Markitoff   Ortiz I Jr    126       20-1 
 5   Tiz a Slam   Bahen S R    126       20-1 
 8   Bandua   Beschizza A    121       20-1

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Glen Todds,, Railbird notes.

ONLY TWO RACES DAYS LEFT OF LIVE RACING SEASON AT HASTINGS FOR 2018

Horsemen enter this morning for the last two days of live racing at Hastings.  Posted below is a large number of extra races being offered.

HASTINGS 2019 RACING CALENDAR

The 2019 Live Racing Season has been agreed too by all of the Racing Associations and Hastings Racecourse.  It will be posted the minute the calendar is approved by GBEP.

HBPA ELECTION RESULTS

The HBPA Election results have been posted further down in today’s newsletter.  Congratulations to those that have been elected.

RAILBIRD NOTES

Glen Todds,, Railbird notes. The Railbird Notes are Opinions of Mine

BCHRIMC COMMITTEE MEETING

The British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee meet tomorrow in Vancouver.

FINANCIAL UPDATE

With just six live racing days left in the 2018 live season the horsemen’s accounts are in excellent shape and we should finish the year which is really December 31st within budget.

We receive our funding over 12 months starting on January 1st and ending on December 31st.  our racing season of course is just six months from April – October.

Our commitment to the track operator is to race 52 racing days within the six month period.  So we have to able to budget the purse account and other budgeted items over nine months.

We also receive funding approximately 20 days after the previous month end.  That means for instance we don’t receive December’s funding until mid January of the next year.

OVERNIGHT PURSE PAYOUTS

The total overnight payout after 46 days of racing is $4,427,301.00 which includes $429,696.00 in BC Bred Program and $22,605.00.  The Wintering Program payout is not included in those figures and the payout is $208,000.00 paid to in addition to the overnight funds.

The average payout per race is currently $16,134.00 per overnight races.

STAKE POOL PAYOUTS

The stake pool payout total to date with 4 stakes races left for the season is $1,820,000.00.  That total is a combination of nominations of $591,200.00, sponsorship funding of $180,000.00 and $1,048,000.00 from the stake pool of funds.  The stake pool will finish the year under budget due to the strong number of nominations in 2018.

WAGERING HANDLE

The wagering handle is off from 2017 by a total of $2,398,387.00 which is mostly caused by running  one less race per day.  So overall the handle is very similar or equal to 2017.

Although the handle since Derby Day has been very dismal to say the least.  We seem to loose momentum right after Derby Day but not to the extend we have this year.

AVERAGE HORSES PER RACE

The average horse per race is currently 6.93 horses per race. Last year we ended with an average of 6.95 horses per race.