RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

LOCAL BREEDERS AND OWNERS ACTIVE AT KEENELAND SALE

Several of local owners and breeders have been active at the Keeneland, November Breeding Stock Sale.

JOHN GUNTER AND THE MARE OF JUSTIFY

Owner, Breeder John Gunther sold two weanlings on Day 1 of the sale.  Gunther sold Hip#32 a filly by Uncle Mo out of the mare Molto Vita for $400,000.00.  Molto Vita was also the dam of local handicap runner Venetian Mask.

Also on Day 1, he sold a filly by Bernardini out the his mare Traveling Alone for $15,000.

Peter Redekop

On Day 3 of the Sale local and owner and breeder, Peter Redekop hit pay dirt when he sold a weanling filly by Curlin out of the mare Fly to the Stars for a record breaking $775,000.00, the most any weanling had brought in Keeneland history.

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

HASTINGS 2019 LIVE SEASON COMES TO AN END

MANY THANKS TO DERBY NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS

HASTINGS FINAL STATS FOR THE SEASON

FINAL OWNER, TRAINER, JOCKEY AND HORSE STATS FURTHER DOWN IN TODAY’S DERBY NEWSLETTER

The Hastings 2019 Live Season came to an end on Sunday after 51 days of live racing and 390 races.

First off I need to thank the many people who contribute to the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter that goes out nearly everyday year round. A total of 2997 people receive the Newsletter that goes out at 6:00am each morning and now 7:00am in the off season. The change to 7:00am is to allow me a little more sleep as I get up at 3:00am everyday to put the Newsletter together and send it off. Now I can get up at 4:00am.

Thank you to the following people who make our Newsletter possible with up to date information,

Hastings Roundup by Nigel Reid

Hastings News by Greg Douglas

Hastings Preview by Mike Heads

Hastings Track Talk by Brook Ward

Hoss Talk by Tom Wolski

Photo’s by Patti Tubbs, Michael Bye, Four Footed Fotos, Lisa Thompson and Jackie Humber

Handicappers Corner by Mike Heads, Drew Forster & Jason Bourassa the Producer, Director, Camera and Sound Man

The Pacific Customs Brokers IT Department for maintaining the servers and Newsletter Software

Many many thanks to all of you

 

HASTINGS FINAL STATS FOR 2019

HASTINGS 2019 HORSES OWNERS TRAINERS
566 312 73
HASTINGS 2018 HORSES OWNERS TRAINERS
520 308 76
HASTINGS 2017 HORSES OWNERS TRAINERS
550 359 92
HASTINGS 2016 HORSES OWNERS TRAINERS
  560 353 91

Please note we had the highest number of horses that actually started at least once in 2019.  A total of 566 horses started the most in the last several years.

PURSE POOL FINAL STATS

In total for the 51 days we ran 354 overnight races,  the total payout was $5,449,450.00 for an average of $15, 394.00 per race which was broken down to Purses $14,010 to all breeds, plus $1279.00 to BC Breds and $105.00 to 6-12 starters.

The stake pool paid out a total of $2,270,000.00 which consisted of $270,000.00 from Sponsors of Stake Races, $630,150.00 from nominations and $1,369,850.00 from the total allocation of funds.

The Average daily payout of purses was $151,362.00 including overnights and stakes races.

NUMBER OF RACES

All together we ran a total of 390 races which was a total of 354 overnight races and 36 stakes races.

A total of 566 horses started in at least one race and total number of horses that started in 390 was 2713. That is an average of 6.96 horses per race which was the highest in the last several years.

Our records show there was only 5 days of racing on a off track which was 5 less then in 2018.

Hastings Handle

We keep track of the daily handle on a day to day comparison basis and the total handle was up over 2018 by $3,869,094.00.  The 2018 total was $25,243,879.00 and 2019 was a total of $29,1122,973.00.

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

ONLY 3 RACES DAY LEFT IN THE 2019 LIVE RACING SEASON AT HASTINGS

We are scheduled to run 8 races per day for this weekend and next weekend and going with 9 & 9 the final weekend.

TRACK NOW OPENS AT 7:30AM

Fall in in the air and its getting lighter later each day. Track will be open until 11:30 and only one break per morning.

TOTAL NUMBER OF HORSES SURPASS THE LAST  SEASONS

A total of 543 have so far stated this season which is more then in 2018 when a total of 532 horses started.  We still have six racing days left so hopefully that number continues to rise.

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEET TODAY WITH HASTINGS TO DISCUSS 2020 RACING CALENDAR

HASTINGS HAS RECEIVED IN PRINCIPLE NEW 5 YEAR LEASE AGREEMENT

PURSE POOL UPDATES ETC

BCTOBA & HBPA are meeting this morning with Hastings Management to discuss the 2020 racing calendar.  Once agreed upon it will go to GPEB for final approval.  Hopefully we can announce the 2020 rather quickly.

GCGC and the City of Vancouver have reached a new 5 year agreement with an optional 5 year renewal in principle.

BCHRIMC met last week and a new 5 year agreement was agreed to as far as income splitting is concerned.

HASTINGS STATS FOR THE 2019 LIVE SEASON UP TO SEPTEMBER 30TH

The overnight purse pool is within budget heading into the last month of live racing at Hastings.

To date we have paid out a total of $4,547,373.00 in overnight pures. The Breakdown of the that sum consists of  $4,129,000 in purses, $385,243.00 to the BC Bred Bonus Program and $33,130 to the 6-12 finishers.

The stake pool purse has paid out a total of $2,120,000.00 with only two more stakes to be run next weekend.  That total includes $1,062,628.00 from the purse allocation, $569,250.00 from Nominations and $270,000.00 from stake sponsors which it should be noted those sponsors are horse owners.

The average daily payout of purses is currently at $155,055.00.  The average overnight payout is $15,573.00 per race.

At the end of September we have run a total of 326 races with a total of 2292 starters which averages 7.03 horses per race which is slightly higher then 2018.

The Hastings live handle is currently at $25,209,012.00 dollars which is 14% higher then 2018 on a racing day to racing day comparison.

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

ENTRY DAY FOR BC DERBY AND OAKS

Today is entry day for the BC Derby and BC Oaks along with the S.W. Randal Plate and the  Delta Colleen.

My oh My where has the summer gone, this year seems to be going by really fast?

DEL MAR AND SARATOGS LAST TWO DAYS

Today and tomorrow are the last two days of the summer meets at both Del Mar and Saratoga.

CTHS YEARLING AND MIXED SALE

Consignors who have pictures and resumes for their yearlings, we would gladly run them for you in our Newsletter.  The photo’s have to be in .jpg format and please write a brief description and pedigree etc for each horse.

The sale is just a little over a week away with the Preview next Monday and the sale next Tuesday.

Please forward them to me at glen@nathc.ca

 

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