Goods news for the 2018 Live Season at Hastings Racecourse the stall applications are ahead of 2017.
Trainers are moving in on a daily basis to prepare their horses for opening day on April 21st.
Last years leading trainer its reported has 45 horses, Craig McPherson has applied for 53 stalls and Craig is currently in Florida preparing a number of his horses in the sunshine state.
Last year’s leading owner, NATHC has 50 horses plus several still in Phoenix at Turf Paradise that will come north by opening day.
Greg Tracy who is currently racing at Charles Town has applied for 39 stalls and Swift Thoroughbreds and Mark Cloutier have 27 horses each.
All and all the horse population looks good for 2018.
HASTING 2018 STAKE BOOK
Hastings Racing Secretary, Nichelle Milner is just putting the finishing touches on the 2018 Stake Book and it should be available shortly.
We should see a number of upgrades around the track as soon as the weather gets a bit brighter. The track and horsemen’s associations have worked together since last fall and have agreed on a number of upgrade projects and we should start seeing some of them shortly.
RACING SURFACE IMPROVEMENTS
We continue to here nothing but positive reports on the track refurbishments that started late last summer and continued over the winter. It’s been reported even with the few days of heavy rain the track was in excellent condition. Yesterday the track was even harrowed and not floated. Now we just have to keep it that way?
My two daughters Shelley and Dana and I made our annual trip to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl. We had a great weekend although I didn’t fair to well at gaming end.
Shelley my oldest daughter arrived home and repacked and headed to Lexington, Kentucky today as she now oversees our breeding operation in Kentucky.
We have several mares due to foal in the next week or so and some are mares we raced here at Hastings. Due soon are Marketway who is in foal to Orb, Mariglianella a full sister to Taylor Said and she is due to drop a foal any minute by Lookin at Lucky, Casinette Dancer is in foal Sky Mesa and is ready to foal as well. We have several others that are due later in the month or early March.
NATHC also bought several yearlings at the Keeneland Sale and Barrett’s with the intention of entering them all in the CTHS Mixed Sale in September. We have bought several very good yearlings over the years at Keeneland and we hope these ones that we are offering for resale are good ones too.
HASTINGS OPENS FOR TRAINING
Reports from trainers who have already moved in is that track which had new material and leveling etc. over the winter is the best its been in many years. That is good news for horsemen.
The track now opens for training at 7:30am and closes at 11:30am and as it gets lighter in the mornings those times will change.
Hastings Racecourse has released several important dates for Horsemen
The Barn area will open for horsemen to set-up their barns on January 29th.
Movement of horses into the barn area will begin on February 1st.
The racing surface will open for training on February 3rd. The track will be open for training Tuesday – Sunday with Monday being a dark day.
Starting on March 6th the clocking crew will be onsite everyday the track is open until the end of the meet.
The starting gate crew opens the gate for schooling on March 15th and will be open to start the season from Thursday – Sunday’s -Times to be announced at a further date.
The first day of live racing is Saturday, April 21st and closing day is set for Sunday, October 14th.
The entire 2018 Live Racing Season can be found at http://www.hastingsracecourse.com/racing-schedule/
Horsemen can find an online stall application at http://www.hastingsracecourse.com/racing-office-for-horsemen/
INSTALLATION OF NEW WAGERING EQUIPMENT UNDERWAY
Hastings Racecourse, Fraser Downs (Element Casino) are installing the lastest and greatest wagering equipment which includes all of the off-track wagering facilities as well.
The track has made a change from Sports Tech who has been the provider for seems like forever and its equipment as well which I personally think came over on the Mayflower. The conversion to American Tote Equipment will hopefully have been completed by the time you read this article or sometime today.
The Derby Bar and Grill certainly welcomed the change as our equipment was down far to often. Hopefully this change over will be a step forward for our customers.
FULL HOUSE AT THE DERBY FOR OPENING DAY AT SANTA ANITA
Boxing Day has been opening of the Winter Meet at Santa Anita for 79 years. The winter meet kicked off with the Grade 11 San Antonio with Giant Expectations at 13-1 defeating 1-5 shot Collected who finished 3rd beaten 3 3/4 lengths.
Next up was the Grade 11 Mathis Brothers Mile and it was won by Bowies Hero for trainer Phil D’Amato and paid $8.80.
The Grade 1 La Brea followed and it was won by Unique Bella who rebounded to win under Mike Smith after her rather poor performance in the Breeders Cup.
The final Grade 1 of the day which went as the 8th race which is for horses on the road the Kentucky Derby was won by City of Light for trainer Michael McCarthy by two lengths and paid $17.00 for the win.
All and all it was a great start for opening day at the Great Race Place.
LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS MEET TODAY ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES LEADING UP TO OPENING DAY AT HASTINGS RACECOURSE
The three racing Associations, CTHS, HBPA & BCTOBA meet today along with management of Hastings Racecourse to discuss a number of issues as the 2018 Live Racing Season is not that far off.
The group will discuss the 2018 Purse Pool and Stake Schedule along with a number of other related topics.
We will report more on that meeting in Friday’s Newsletter: Stay Tuned
The twelve day marathon of mixed horses ended Saturday with several local owners and breeders purchasing broomares and future prospects.
Ed Dittloff and family purchased their second broodmare in foal last Thursday when they signed the sales slip for Hip# 3345 for $18,000.00. They purchased a 3 year old filly by Friesan Fire out of the Vee Vee Star. The filly is a half sister to the Gr1 winner Declan’s Moon and is in foal to Bayern.
Bayern by the way a freshman sire sold several weanlings in the sale and they sold very well.
HASTINGS PADDOCK SALE ANNOUNCED
The group of Hastings Racecourse, HBPA and BCTOBA have announced the Spring Paddock Sale of horses of racing age.
The preview day will be Saturday, April 7th and the sale on April 14th.
Consignment Forms will be available online early in the new year.
HASTINGS 2018 LIVE RACING DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Look for Hastings Racecourse 2018 racing dates to be announced very shortly. I’m led to believe opening day will be Saturday, April 21st. We will publish the schedule once we receive the official announcement.
BCHRIMC MEETS TOMORROW
The British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee meets tomorrow in Vancouver.
The preliminary budget for 2018 will be discussed and as soon as its accepted by the committee the associations will be able to discuss distribution of the funds for 2018.
Once that is done purse pools and stakes pool can be finalized for 2018.
I think our share of the pool will be less then in 2017 but I hope I’m wrong.
Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds have bought two broodmares so far in the Keeneland, November Mixed Sale.
They purchased Vandelita in foal to the very hot sire Violence. The mare is by Street Sense out of the mare Naughty Mambo. The purchase price was $85,000.00
They also bought the mare out of a half sister to 2016 BC Derby Winner, Sorryaboutnothing for $35,000.00. The mares name is ALLITERATION who is in foal to Twirling Candy. She is by Congrats out of the mare Royal Card.
The long time British Columbia breeders, Mr & Mrs. Ed Dittloff and K. Dittloff purchased the 5 year old mare Amarachi for $13,000.00.
The mare is in foal to Wicked Strong and is by Northern Afleet out of the mare Miss Holiday Inn.
The Hastings track crew are expecting 1200 cubic yards of River Silt Sand this week and will place on the racing surface and rototill it into the track as weather permits. This should be ready for spring training.
The addition of the sand should complete the track renovations that started late in the year.
LOCAL OWNERS AND BREEDERS ACTIVE AT KEENELAND MIXED SALE
The November Keeneland Mixed Sale has seen several locals signing sales slips this week.
Dr. Bryan Anderson purchased Hip #1803 a broodmare by the name of High Cholesterol in foal to Overanalyze for $20,000.00.
Owner & Breeder, Sandra Loseth has purchased two so far. Sandra bought a weanling filly Hip# 2075 for $5000 by Morning LIne out of the Unbridled Song mare Anna Pavlova. She also signed the slip for Hip# 2219 a Broodmare by the name of Honey Dew Honey by Ghostzapper out of the mare Storm Strip by Comic Strip for $22,000.00.
CTHS Vice President, Jim Alendal purchased a weanling filly Hip# 2610 for $15,000.00. The filly is by The Factor out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare I’m in Harlan.
The sale continues thru Saturday so we will keep our eye on the results over the next few days and report any further purchases by locals.