RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

This past Sunday was day 20 of the 51 day live racing season at Hastings Racecourse.  That is nearly 40% of the season already behind us. Wow, how time flies?

I don’t know what’s with weather it feels like April and July.  The weather hasn’t kept the racing fans away on race days as crowds appear to be up over previous years and the handle for out live racing in up 23% over the first 20 days of 2018.

Our field size is holding nicely at 7.12 horses per race.  To date we have run 150 races with 1068 participants.  Personally I think that has added to our increase in handle with the problems in California with short fields etc.

Our purse pool is in excellent shape and we are right on budget for the season.  As of Sunday, July 7th.  the overnight purse payouts is $2,198,135.00 which consists of 2,005,000.00 to all breds of horses, $173,990.00 to BC Breds and $19,145.00 to 9-12 finishers.

The stake purses paid out totals $600,000.00 which is broken down as $20,000.00 by sponsors,  $156,400 ,00 and  stake allocation pool $423,600.00.

Average purse pools total payout per day is $139,906.75.

 

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

CTHS SALE REBATE APPROVED

Presidents of the Horsemen’s Association have agreed that all BC Bred Horses sold at the upcoming CTHS Sale in September will have the first $1500.00 paid for by the associations allocation of funds.

It is for BC Bred horses only and the purchaser must agree to running the horse at Hastings Racecourse in 2020. The papers will be electronically forwarded to the Hastings Racing Office upon purchase.

TRACK RENOVATIONS

The Hastings track maintenance team were hard at early on Monday morning will a number of improvements.

Stabilizer was added first and could be seen early on Monday morning.  Stabilizer is a product that has been added to help hold moisture in the racing surface.

When that was completed a 1/16 of inch of a mixture of silt, clay and some organic material was added. This hopefully also hold more moisture and provide the horse with better footing and more cushion.

It will be interesting to hear on Tuesday morning the results of this change to the racing surface.

Hastings management have stated they are going to do whatever it takes to make the surface right for the safety of horses and humans.

LIVE RACING THIS SUNDAY AND MONDAY

Its hard to believe but the season will be one third over after Sunday.  We are racing on Canada Day, Monday, July 1st.

Hastings is planning a number of Canada Day activities on Monday.

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

HASTINGS STATS TILL JUNE 9TH

Tuesday is always a slow day on the racing scene so its a good day to bring everybody up to date on how we are doing at Hastings Racecourse after 12 days of the current 51 day live racing season.

As of Sunday, we have run a total of 89 races, 8 of those are stakes races and 81 are overnight races.

The 8 stake racing have paid out a total of $400,000 which consists of $107,600.00 in nomination fees, Sponsorship of $20,000 and the stake pool total payout is $272,400.00.

Overnight races which total 81 races has had a payout of $1,297,770.00 which consists of $100,063 to BC Breds, $11,708.00 to 9-12 finishers and the purse pool total is $1,186,000.00.

The average overnight payout per race is $16,021.86 and average daily purse pool payout after 12 days is $141,480.83. per day.

NUMBER OF HORSES THAT HAVE STARTED

According to Equibase a total of 347 horses have started at least once after 12 days of racing.

A total of 632 horses have entered the total of 89 races which is an average of 7.1 horses per race.

WAGERING TOTALS

The total amount of wagering after 12 days is $6,324,272.42 compared to $5,566,542.37 in 2018.

We keep track of the daily handle day by day compared to the corresponding day of 2018 so after 12 days on a day to day basis the daily handle is up a total of $757,730.00.

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS PAYOUTS TO DATE

The Wintering Incentive program last year in total paid out 84 horses and already in 2019 we have paid 107 horses the incentive for lower level claiming horses which is already 23 more then the previous year.

Of the 81 races to date a total of 33 races have been filled by the lower level claimers so the figures speak for themselves.  That works out to 41% of the races so far have been filled by the lower level claimers.  Without them where would we be?  I will tell where would we be, racing one day per week.

Fresh Horse Program has been very successful so far as we have paid out $82,000 to assist owners in bringing in new horses.  That number is expected to more then double by the end of the season,  This also is way ahead of 2018.

The Maiden Special Weight Bonus has paid out a total of $30,000 to BC Breds that have won a MSW Race.

Broodmare Purchase Program has slowed some which is not good news but the total payout is a mere $8,000.

Weanling Incentive Program in the meantime has paid out a total of $107,000.00 which is a very productive program and has been for the last few years.

The CTHS Maiden Program has paid out a total of $30,000.00.

The Racing Associations should be applauded for the programs that they have put in place, as without them?

 

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

 

TWO GREAT CARDS FOR OPENING WEEKEND AT HASTINGS RACECOURSE

Hastings Racing Secretary, Nichelle Millner was more then pleased with the two opening weekend programs.  Speaking with Nichelle over the phone after the entries were closed she wanted to pass along a huge shout out to agents and horsemen for filling the entry box.

FOUR STAKES PLUS THE KENTUCKY DERBY KICKS OFF HASTINGS OPENING

FIFTH RACE Probable Post 4:20 PDT 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Fillies and Mares. Brighouse Belles Stakes. Purse: $50,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   ML.ODDS 

 5   Daz Lin Dawn   Williams S    116       9-5 
 6   Good Luck to You   Gonzalez E A    116       3-1 
 4   Under Par   Velazquez D    115       7-2 
 1   C U At Eau Claire   Hamel R    115       5-1 
 3   Lookout Taylor   Reyes A A    116       6-1 
 2   Toni Ann’s Miracle   Perez A    120       8-1 

 

SIXTH RACE Probable Post 4:50 PDT 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural Stakes. Purse: $50,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   ML.ODDS 

 1   Apalachee Bay   Perez A    121       3-1 
 2   Weekend Wizard   Hamel R    121       7-2 
 4   Calgary Caper   Gonzalez E A    124       6-1 
 5   Bistraya   Reyes A A    117       6-1 
 3   Pan Handle   Williams S    119       8-1 
 9   Boundary Bay   Velazquez D    117       8-1 
 8   Driller   Asencio J M    124       10-1 
 6   Blue Law   Balgobin K    121       15-1 
 7   League of Shadows   Espinoza L C    117       15-1 
SEVENTH RACE Probable Post 5:20 PDT 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds. Jim Coleman Province Stakes. Purse: $50,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   ML.ODDS 

 7   Moro Texas   Gonzalez E    117       7-2 
 3   Explode   Perez A    117       4-1 
 4   Dr John H   Velazquez D    115       5-1 
 2   Call It a Wrap   Hamel R    117       8-1 
 11   Dat Day   Reyes A A    120       8-1 
 1   McMurphy   Balgobin K    113       10-1 
 5   Shruggy Bear   Burningham J    115       10-1 
 6   Ring of Kerry   Seecharan L A    120       10-1 
 9   Stay Fantastic   Asencio J M    115       12-1 
 10   Move On   Williams S    115       12-1 
 8   Bugsy   Saunders R    115       15-1 
EIGHTH RACE Probable Post 5:50 PDT 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds. Fillies. Ross McLeod Stakes. Purse: $50,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   ML.ODDS 

 6   Im Evin Im Leavin   Hamel R    115       9-5 
 2   Summerland   Gonzalez E A    117       2-1 
 7   Dancin Shoes   Reyes A A    120       4-1 
 4   One for Mom   Asencio J M    113       8-1 
 5   Notice   Perez A    117       12-1 
 3   Warrior’s Promise   Balgobin K    113       20-1 
 8   Mrs Taylor   Velazquez D    113       20-1 
 1   G M T Baby   Seecharan L A    115       30-1 

RAILBIRD NOTES

HASTINGS ENTRY DAY

Hastings first day of entries is just one week from today.  Horsemen will be at the entry window next Wednesday to enter for the first two days of the 2019 live racing season.

Opening weekend not only features the Kentucky Derby but also 4 stakes races are on the first weekend.

The Swift Thoroughbred Inaugural Stake for 3 year olds and up going six and one half furlongs,  The Brighouse Belles for fillies and mares 3 year olds and up going six and one half furlongs .  The Ross McLeod for 3 year fillies also going six and one half furlongs.  The Jim Coleman  Province for 3 year olds going six and one half furlongs.

Nominations for all of these races close this coming Saturday, April 27th.

RAILBIRD NOTES

HASTINGS TRAINING HOURS ON WEEKENDS

Hastings General Manager, Darren MacDonald passes along that on Saturday’s and Sunday’s until further notice the track will open at 6:30am.

The first 15 minutes will be for workers only and the first 15 minutes after the first break at 8:00am will be for workers only and the starting gate will be open for workers only from 8:30 to 8:45am.

The Second Break will be at 10:00am and after that break the track is open to all.

MacDonald states its all about the safety for horses and riders and they want to do this to provide the safest racing surface for the horses on the two busiest days of training.

HASTINGS CONDITION BOOK AND STAKES BOOK AVAILABLE ON LINE

Racing Office For Horsemen

NOMINATIONS FOR THE FIRST FOUR STAKES AT HASTINGS CLOSE ON SATURDAY APRIL 27TH

ROSS MCLEOD – 3 YR OLD FILLIES, $50,000 6 1/2 FURLONGS

THE JIM COLEMAN PROVINCE – 3 YR OLDS,  $50,000 6 1/2 FURLONGS

THE BRIGHOUSE BELLES – F&M 3 & UP, $50,000 6 1/2 FURLONGS

THE SWIFT THOROUGHBRED INAUGURAL – 3 & UP $50,000 6 1/2 FURLONGS

POSTIVE SIGNS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON AT HASTINGS RACECOURSE

MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

Despite the horrible weather during the first two weeks of February the number of recorded workers for March were well ahead of last March which can only be a positive for the upcoming season.

I have received several positive commands about moving the opening day until Saturday, May 4th.  It appears that trainers will have a good number of horses ready to run on the first weekend.

ANOTHERTWISTAFATE TO RUN IN SATURDAY’S LEXINGTON STAKE AT KEENELAND

ANOTHERTWISTAFATE winning the El Camino at Golden Gate

Peter Redekop’s, Anothertwistafate on the Kentucky Derby Trail flew from Sunland Park to Keeneland over the weekend.   Peter states he will run in this weekend’s Lexington at Keeneland to secure enough Derby Points to gain a place in the starting gate for the 145th running of the $3,000,000.00 Kentucky Derby.

The Stonestreet Lexington (Grade III)

38th running Grade III $200,000 To be run  Saturday, April 13, 2019 Eight And One Half Furlongs  Nominations close Wednesday, March 27, 2019

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

ANOTHERTWISTAFATE MISSES BY A LIP IN THE SUNLAND DERBY

Peter Redekop’s, Anothertwistafate ran a very game second in Sunday’s, Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico missing by just inches after some traffic problems around the final turn.

In my view he ran a winning race as he rated kindly behind some very fast fractions but got trapped on the rail around the final turn and the winner Cutting Humor got the jump on him around the turn as he had to await racing room.

Once he got clear he came charging down the stretch to just loose a heartbreaker.

He has to move up in many of the Derby Poles this week and he is currently 10th in Kentucky Derby Points which should be enough to earn him a spot in the starting gate on May 4th.

Race Replay

HASTINGS TRAINING HOURS CHANGE TOMORROW

Just a reminder to horsemen the track opens tomorrow at 7:00am

 

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?