Hastings starts shortened meet with big fields

By: Randy Goulding
“We’re being patient and working with the government to meet all their demands regarding safety,” Zerebeski said. “We know B.C. is in a real good spot with the pandemic, and understandably they want to keep it that way.”
The stakes schedule took a big hit with the loss of the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby. The richest races are the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity and Sadie Diamond Futurity. They will share the spotlight Sept. 28.
The 14-race stakes schedule, worth a total of $710,000, begins with the $40,000 Chris Loseth for 3-year-olds and up on July 20.
Last year’s co-leading riders, Enrique Gonzalez and Antonio Reyes, head a strong jockey colony that includes 2018 leading rider Amadeo Perez.
There will be a new leading trainer. Phil Hall, who topped the standings the previous three years, has a string of horses at Woodbine, where he is off to a good start. Through Friday, he had a win and a second from three starters.
The opening-day feature marks the return of Capilano Canyon in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up or British Columbia-bred nonwinners of three. Based on his win going 1 1/16 miles in the $75,000 Ascot Sophomore, Capilano Canyon was voted the champion 2-year-old in the province last year.
Trained by Dave Forster, the British Columbia-bred son of Abraaj romped going 3 1/2 furlongs in his debut, so he can sprint and fire fresh.
Compliments of the DRF

Hastings Daily Results and Activity

Final Entries

Monday, July 6
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Claiming – $8,000 $8,000
Race 2 Waiver Claiming – $8,000 $8,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $10,000
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $8,000
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $16,000 $10,000
Race 6 Allowance $14,000
Race 7 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $8,000

 

Tuesday, July 7
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $8,000
Race 2 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $10,000
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $8,000
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $8,000
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $16,000 $12,000
Race 6 Allowance $14,000
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $8,000

HASTINGS 2020 STAKES SCHEDULE

MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

 

DATE STAKE PURSE CATEGORY DIST
Jul-20 CHRIS LOSETH $40,000 3 YR OLDS 6.5
Jul-21 SUPERNATURAL $40,000 3 YR FILLIES 6.5
Aug-04 MONASHEE $40,000 3 &UP F&M 6.5
Aug-05 LT. GOVERNORS $40,000 3 & UP 6.5
Aug-10 HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB $50,000 3 YR FILLIES 8.5
Aug-11 SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL $50,000 3 YR OLDS 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 3 & 4 YR OLDS 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 3 & 4 FILLIES 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 2 YR OLDS 6.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 2 YR OLD FILLIES 6.5
Sep-28 SADIE DIAMOND FUTURITY $100,000 2 YR OLD FILLIES 6.5
Sep-28 JACK DIAMOND FUTURITY $100,000 2 YR OLDS 6.5
Sep-28 S.W. RANDALL PLATE $50,000 3 & UP 8.5
Sep-28 DELTA COLLEEN $50,000 3 &UP F&M 8.5

Hastings Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Monday, July 6 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Claiming – $8,000 $8,000
Race 2 Waiver Claiming – $8,000 $8,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $10,000
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $8,000
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $16,000 $10,000
Race 6 Allowance $14,000
Race 7 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $8,000

 

Tuesday, July 7 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $8,000
Race 2 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $10,000
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $8,000
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $8,000
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $16,000 $12,000
Race 6 Allowance $14,000
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $8,000

Abbreviated Race Meet for Hastings Racecourse Confirmed

DATE, June 30th, 2020 Vancouver, B.C. – Hastings Racecourse (“Hastings”) is pleased to announce an abbreviated racing schedule for 2020 consisting of 25 race days, beginning Monday, July 6.

The race meet will be conducted with all areas of the facility closed to the public, and all racing participants will be adhering to strict health and safety protocol, as part of the ongoing effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hastings’ live races will be available for viewing and wagering through the industry’s simulcast network as well as at hpibet.com.

“Recognizing the hundreds of horse owners, trainers, grooms, jockeys and other support personnel who depend on racing for their livelihood, this abbreviated meet is critical to the ongoing sustainability of the industry,” stated David Milburn, President of the HBPA.

The 2020 live racing season at Hastings was scheduled to begin on April 26 and run through October 18 with 51 race days in total but was suspended due to COVID-19.

The schedule includes Monday and Tuesday afternoons in July, August and September with start times at 1:15 p.m., as well as one Wednesday afternoon in August and another in September.  The lone Saturday date at Hastings will be September 5 which is also the date of the 146th running of this year’s Kentucky Derby.

“The BC racing industry, like so many other sectors, has been extremely challenged by the impact from COVID-19. Although we will greatly miss our on-track guests, we want to thank everyone that has worked so hard to prepare for the upcoming race meet,’ stated Michael Zerebeski, General Manager, Hastings Racecourse.

For further information contact:

Chuck Keeling

Executive Vice President,

Stakeholder Relations

and Responsible Gaming

HASTINGS UPDATE PER CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED NEWS

Hastings Racecourse Aims for July 6 Opening; B.C. Derby Off

The last major Canadian racetrack awaiting approval from health officials, but reports are entries will be taken next week; BC Derby not on stakes schedule.

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Owners involved in the Hastings Racing Club watch their star horse SQUARE DANCER train at Hastings Racecourse recently – Hastings Racing Club photo

It has been quiet out in British Columbia since horses were allowed back on the Hastings Racecourse backstretch on May 1 (horses had shipped in earlier, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic had to leave the track).

But an opening day has finally been announced, Monday July 6, subject to approval from the British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee  GPEB (Gambling Policy and Enforcement Branch) and the Health Department for Final Approval. More at the BC HBPA site.

Racing is scheduled to be held Mondays and Tuesday and 25 dates are set through September 28. No spectators will be allowed.

This is half of the dates originally scheduled for the Vancouver track, which was originally scheduled to run April 28 through late October.

And the track’s biggest race, the Grade 3, $250,000 British Columbia Derby, is not on the re-vamped stakes schedule (see below).

Entry day will be on Thursdays for both racing days which are Monday and Tuesday with the first post time at 1:15pm.

Training and workouts has been continuing since May and owners are allowed to watch horses train on the grandstand side of the track (no backstretch admittance) while adhering to social distancing protocols.

The CTHS Yearling Sale is scheduled for September 8.

The CTHS Breeders’ Incentive Program, introduced to try and help alleviate some of the pain currently being endured by breeders in the region during these difficult times, was very well received, with 190 applications made to the CTHS by the June 1st deadline.

NEW STAKES SCHEDULE – HASTINGS RACECOURSE

DATE STAKE PURSE CATEGORY DIST

Jul-20 CHRIS LOSETH $40,000 3 YR OLDS 6.5
Jul-21 SUPERNATURAL $40,000 3 YR FILLIES 6.5
Aug-04 MONASHEE $40,000 3 &UP F&M 6.5
Aug-05 LT. GOVERNORS $40,000 3 & UP 6.5
Aug-10 HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB $50,000 3 YR FILLIES 8.5
Aug-11 SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL $50,000 3 YR OLDS 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 3 & 4 YR OLDS 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 3 & 4 FILLIES 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 2 YR OLDS 6.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 2 YR OLD FILLIES 6.5
Sep-28 SADIE DIAMOND FUTURITY $100,000 2 YR OLD FILLIES 6.5
Sep-28 JACK DIAMOND FUTURITY $100,000 2 YR OLDS 6.5
Sep-28 S.W. RANDALL PLATE $50,000 3 & UP 8.5
Sep-28 DELTA COLLEEN $50,000 3 &UP F&M 8.5

HASTINGS REVISED STAKES SCHEDULE

MICHAEL BYE PHOTO
DATE STAKE PURSE CATEGORY DIST
Jul-20 CHRIS LOSETH $40,000 3 YR OLDS 6.5
Jul-21 SUPERNATURAL $40,000 3 YR FILLIES 6.5
Aug-04 MONASHEE $40,000 3 &UP F&M 6.5
Aug-05 LT. GOVERNORS $40,000 3 & UP 6.5
Aug-10 HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB $50,000 3 YR FILLIES 8.5
Aug-11 SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL $50,000 3 YR OLDS 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 3 & 4 YR OLDS 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 3 & 4 FILLIES 8.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 2 YR OLDS 6.5
Sep-05 CTHS SALE STAKE $50,000 2 YR OLD FILLIES 6.5
Sep-28 SADIE DIAMOND FUTURITY $100,000 2 YR OLD FILLIES 6.5
Sep-28 JACK DIAMOND FUTURITY $100,000 2 YR OLDS 6.5
Sep-28 S.W. RANDALL PLATE $50,000 3 & UP 8.5
Sep-28 DELTA COLLEEN $50,000 3 &UP F&M 8.5

ENTRIES FOR HASTINGS RACECOURSE OPENING DAY WILL BE ONE WEEK FROM TODAY

Hastings Racecourse  will be taking entries for opening day, July 6th, one weekend from today.  We are still awaiting Health Board approval, hopefully we shall receive it shortly.

Entry day will be on Thursday’s for both racing days which are Monday and Tuesday’s with the first post time at 1:15pm.

The Gate Days will be Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesdays.

Clockers will be Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesdays.

Scratch Time will be 8:30am the morning of the race.