By Glen Todd
HASTINGS MONDAY RACING
Back in late February the horsemen’s associations and Hastings, General Manager Darren MacDonald made a decision to try a couple of Monday afternoon twilight cards during the Pacific National Exhibition as an experiment for 2014.
MacDonald at that time stated he had worked out a deal to allow our everyday fans the opportunity during the fair to park for free as the PNE is dark on Monday’s.
Well Monday afternoon was the first of two and it appeared to be a worth while trial if yesterday was any indication.
There was a fairly good local turn out of our everyday racing fan and what appeared to be several new faces as well. The new faces was a added bonus as I don’t think anybody anticipated that.
The handle was $392,255.00 on the seven race card which in comparison to the first Wednesday of fair last year the handle was $306,522.00.
Friday’s crowd which I have been told was huge for a Friday Night prior to the opening of the annual fair, but the handle was a little less at $373,718.00.
You can’t jump to conclusions off just one night but it would appear its worth looking into maybe for 2015.
We usually do Hastings stats summaries on Tuesday’s but we will get it done today for tomorrow’s newsletter.
MIKE HEAD’S MONDAY RECAP
Monday’s recap of the seven race card at Hastings Racecourse is done this week by Mike Heads as Richard Yates is away on vacation. Check out Mike’s recap later down in today’s newsletter.
HASTINGS CLOSED FOR TRAINING TODAY
Hastings is closed for training today (TUESDAY) and re-opens again tomorrow.
On Saturday, August 16th, the training track will close early at 10AM. The track will also be closed for training on Tuesday, August 19th.
Entries will be taken and drawn on Tuesday for Friday’s races. To accommodate horsemen who prefer not to be at the track on a dark day, the racing office will take early-bird entries all day on Monday.
Through Labour Day, gate schooling will be conducted only on Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.