May 17/19

Local owner Peter Redekop has Anothertwistafate racing in Saturdays $1,5million Preakness Stakes

Local owner Peter Redekop’s top three-year-old Anothertwistafate has a good chance at winning the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.  Along with being seen internationally by millions of viewers around the world, it will also be shown live at Hastings Racecourse on the big infield screen and simulcast network throughout the facility. Redekop  himself won’t be watching the race, however.  “I’ll be in Alberta attending a  wedding for one of my granddaughters,” he says.  “Sure, I would enjoy being  there in person but family always comes first and that’s fine with  me.”

As  for the chances of Anothertwistafate, Redekop adds: “In his last two races he  didn’t get the best of rides and was boxed in both times nearing the finish.
That’s the reason we’ve made a rider change.”  Jockey  Jose Ortiz gets the call as Anothertwistafate starts from the number 12 post in  a field of 13 horses. “Our horse has lots of natural speed so we’re either going  to be in front or near the lead,” Redekop says. “It’s as simple as that.”



Dixie & Roy Jacobson’s in the winners with their Coulterberry winner of Sundays feature race at Hastings

Owners Dixie and Roy Jacobson were smiling from ear to ear last Sunday after their homebred Coulterberry easily won the feature race.  It was an extra special victory because Coulterberry’s full sister Sweet Sixteen ran  second in an earlier race and both horses are off-springs to mare Badgetts Star  who several years ago was instrumental in helping raise awareness for Breast  Cancer.

It  was in 2005 when Dixie along with several women pals such as Tracy Bell, Brenda  Kinsella, Mary Martin and Sasha Keeling pooled together $16,000 to purchase a racehorse.  They formed the Pink Ribbon Stable and purchased Badgetts Star who  had been racing in California.

During  her career, Badgetts Star won $122,000 to help Breast Cancer research. TOUGH  JOB:  Cindy and Darcy Barroby are track outriders at Hastings meaning their jobs are to protect horses and jockeys from injury if a horse gets loose before or after a race. They consider themselves troubleshooters.  “When things go wrong with a horse’s equipment or something out of the ordinary happens, our job is to try to prevent an accident on the track,” says Darcy.

Long considered among the most dangerous jobs in horse racing, outrider Cindy Barroby catches a loose horse prior to a race at Hastings

This  past couple of weeks you may have seen Cindy making near impossible moves when horses got loose in separate incidents.  One that caught the eye happened on opening weekend when owner George Gilbert’s Flight Data bolted in the post parade from a pony person and the jockey, taking off in full flight down the stretch.

“When  I saw her (Flight Data) running away I immediately took off after her and was able to catch her before anything serious happened,” Cindy said.It
was a save good enough that Flight Data returned safely to her barn and returned to the races last Saturday and this time made it the winner’s circle for Gilbert.

STRONG  COMPETITION:  While this season is still young it could become one of the closest jockey races seen at Hastings in years.  Enrique Gonzalez already has seven wins; Amadeo Perez has six while newcomer Denny Velazquez and veteran Richard Hamel follow with four.  Trainers Phil Hall and Glen Todd are off to fast starts with five wins each.

WORTH NOTING:  A Celebration of Life will be held for long-time horseman Arnie Turner at The Derby Bar and Grill in Surrey on Tuesday, May 21 at 3 p.m.

ON A PROGRAM:  Live racing resumes Saturday and the Holiday Monday at Hastings  with the regular 1:50 p.m. starts.  There will not be any races on Sunday.


The Hastings Racing Club, a newly formed stable at Hastings Racecourse put together by Richard Yates, arrived in the winners circle to greet their Square Dancer for the 2015 Redekop Stakes – Photo – Michael Bye

For many of us and those who have not had a chance to have met owner, trainer and breeder Richard Yates, was that go-to guy when it came to horse racing.

Among his many achievements Richard was extremely proud of the Hastings Racing Clubs. He had helped form in 2015.

On March 22, 2019, sad news hit the racing community when news of Richard passing away at home from a massive heart attack.

To help us relive some of his memories, here are a few quotes, he gave to yours truly for the VancouverProvince.

“Our goal was to primarily sell 200 memberships,” says Yates. “We sold out within 60 days. Now there’s a waiting list of perspective new owners.”

He also chuckled when potential owners would ask about that cost of owning a racehorse.

“One of the most-asked questions was if the $250 was a one-time fee.” said Yates. “When we told them that it was, other than a $30 cost of acquiring an owner’s licence, it wasn’t a very hard sell.”

In another quote, Richard would go even further helping prospective owners understand how owning a racehorse could be affordable. “We are taking out as much of the financial risk as possible,” said Richard Yates, secretary-treasurer of the HBPA. “The associations will buy the horses with money set aside for the purpose of introducing people to the sport and lease them to the Clubs for the season at no cost to members. The $250 will be used only for training and related expenses. At the end of the season, any money remaining after training costs will be returned to the partners.”

White House Stables, Exhorbitant, who lost her left eye in freak accident in as a youngster shows courage winning, jockey Leo Espinoza – Photo – Patti Tubbs

SMALL STABLE VICTORY: Among several interesting horses with unique stories who won on last weekend’s race program was White House Stables, Exorbitant, a wire to wire winner in the sixth race.

For the four-year-filly, it was a journey to the races did not come easy. “As a baby, her mother kicked her accidentally,” said her trainer Mary-Anne Baumgartner. ” and she lost her eye after having surgery. So it’s taking a while for her to get comfortable with running.     

 She’s not spooky, ignorant and does everything we ask of her.”

In her first two starts last year, she went to the front and tired, “some jockeys would not be comfortable riding her, but jockey Leo (Espinoza) exercising her in the mornings, and he was so  felt comfortable letting her run.”

As for that win. “I thought she would run well,” adds the trainer.” but honestly never thought she would run that well. What’s great about winning any race is it makes getting up in the morning a lot easier.”

WELCOME TO HASTINGS: For over twenty years, horse owner and businessman George Sharp, has raced his stable in California. This season, after evaluating some of his stable, decided to send a few of them to Hastings.

“I had a couple of speed horses.” said Sharp, ” and thought they would run well on a smaller racetrack. And because of my business, I knew it could be the  right time spending summers in Vancouver, it was the logical thing to do.”

It was a decision that proved to be a good move for the owner. In his first local start Saturday, he had a winner with One Last Hit, trained by  Kerri Raven. 

“I’m always exciting winning a race.” said Sharp, ” Especially when it comes in your first start and here atHastings. I have four horses in Vancouver and hopefully, will have a few more there during the season.’

SOMETHING TO PONDER: How many of us knew. State of Kentucky regulations reveal incidents during the running of a race are not appealable. Which may explain the long delay following That controversyKentucky Derby finish. Bizarre.

Also on Derby day at Hastings Racecourse, the total mutual handle was $810,252.14. 

SAD LOSS: Horse racing and yours truly lost a great friend when popular trainer former jockey Dennis Terry passed away comfortably at home with his family. So much to say about our relationship and not enough space to do it.

NOTES ON A PROGRAM: If you’re wondering why popular trainer Mike Anderson’s name is missing from this years program, the answer is simple. Anderson has taken a sabbatical from training at the racetrack, preferring to spend more time on the farm.. Horse Racing at Hastings Racecourse starts Saturday & Sunday 1:50 p.m. 


130 Counting

This weekend marks the 130th season of live horse racing at Hastings Racecourse and that itself calls for a celebration at the local east-end racetrack.

Even more, was that dismal weather local horsemen had to deal with. Impressive enough to make you want to tip your hat off to both management and horsemen for working together and making this elite afternoon of horse racing reality and be nothing short of a miracle?

To open this weekend the industry put together an extraordinary racing program that includes a full card of eight races, with nearly every one of them, almost filled to the maximum of horses allowed.

In fact, horsemen were thrilled knowing Racing Secretary, Nichelle Milner, had included four major $50,000 Stakes, the Brighouse Belles, Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural, Jim Coleman and Ross McLeod on that race card.

George Gilbert’s Summerland heading back to her barn with regular jockey Enrique Gonzalez riding

On Saturday fans will see many of the best horses fit and ready to run entered for that card including,  Under Par, Dancin Shoes, Summerland, Dat Day, Weekend Wizard, Driller, Calgary Caper all Divisional Champions from last year. Along with the 2017 Horse of the Year, Daz Lin Dawn.

Also on Saturday’s eight-race card, the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Or known by many as the ‘Run For the Roses. It’s that one race where everyone involved in sports has a dream of winning. This year’s purse has been bumped up to $3,000,000 from $2million.

And with a 20 horse field running, don’t expect any standout With the early favorite Omaha  Beach (4-1) recently scratched due to a  trapped epiglottis, which could impact his ability to breathe.

Drawing into the race is longshot Bodexpress (30-1).

And with only three horses under 10-1. There’s a good chance this Derby, will be won by a horse with large odds.

Keep in mind, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has three horses running and is going for his sixth Kentucky Derby victory.

Or better yet, close your eyes and pick a horse from the racing program, maybe not a bad option for this race.

FAN FAVOURITES: Fifteen jockeys have applied for a license to ride this season at Hastings, including last years, leading rider Amadeo Perez (57), Enrique Gonzalez ((47) and top Apprentice jockey Lenny Seecharan.

JOCK TALK: Stewards at Hasting has reported 15 jockeys have applied for licenses this season, among them last years top riders Amadeo Perez (57), Enrique Perez (47) and Antonio Reeves (33).

Not returning are jockeys Aaron Gryder (43), Denis Araujo (36) and Sirhan Civaci (28) who opted to ride elsewhere.
Among new faces are Denny Velázquez arriving from Turf Paradise to ride for owner Glen Todd. And jockey Keishan Balgobin deciding to return after riding the past few years in Alberta.

Despite being injured within days of each other, jockeys Ruben Lara and Alex Marti still remain optimistic about their future season at Hastings

HAZARDS OF RIDING: The last thing any jockey needs to happen is to be injured in a fall. In two separate morning workouts and within days of each other jockeys Alex Marti and Ruben Lara received injuries in two separate spills. While not career threatening both appear upbeat despite missing the early part of this season at Hastings.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Fans can also expect to see many of the human champions of racing back in action this season.

Trainer Phil Hall (40) returns is back with a strong stable to defend his title (Wins). And runner up Mike Anderson 29) Mark Cloutier (28) and Glen Todd (28) also have powerful barns. Also, Top  Breeder Todd Mountain Thoroughbreds are back with a strong stable.


‘Special thanks to Horsemen and Owners at Hastings Racecourse for their valuable support promoting this wonderful sport!’