HASTINGS POST TIME FOR TODAY AND THURSDAY IS 1:00PM
CLOCKERS DONE FOR THE SEASON AT HASTINGS
HASTING ENTRY DAY FOR THE FINAL DAY OF THE LIVE SEASON
CANADIAN DERBY DAY AT CENTURY MILE
DERBY BAR AND GRILL OPEN FROM 9:00AM TO 9:00PM TODAY
Early Post Times for Hastings for the last two days. Post Time today and Thursday is 1:00pm.
Yesterday was the last day for the clockers this season we have been advised by the Hastings Racing Office. The starting gate will be open this morning although.
The racing office at Hastings will be busy this morning as they take entries for Thursday, October 1st. Thursday is the final day of the live racing at Hastings and the office is scheduling 12 races which includes 4 stake races.
Today is Canadian Derby Day at Century Mile and there is a number of locally owned horses racing on their program.
The Derby Bar and Grill opens its doors today at 9:00am and stay open till after the running of the Canadian Derby which is shortly after 9:00pm.
The Hastings Racing Office will be taking entries for Sunday, September 27th and Thursday, October 1st on Wednesday, September 23rd. and closing early on Thursday, September 24th.
The intend is to schedule 20 races over the last two days. Sunday, September 27th will have eight races with the first post time at 3:00pm. The final day now being October1st. the first race will be scheduled at 1:00pm with twelve races being carded which includes 4 stakes races.
Horsemen we all have to be off the Hastings facility by Friday, October 2nd. That was the arrangement the racing associations arranged with track management to move the last day to October 1st. from September 27th. because of the poor air quality last week and not loose a racing day/.
Due to the Air Quality surrounding Hastings Racecourse Thursday’s 9 race program was been postponed until Saturday at 3:00pm.
The air quality for Thursday is once again forecasted in the 10+ range. We have to get down to 7 or under on the air quality chart before it safe to race or any other strenuous exercise for the safety of our horses.
We will keep you updated if there are any further changes but it appears we are about to get some rain tomorrow and Saturday which should clear the air.
Entries for Sunday were taken yesterday, so the plan is to race on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm.
AIR QUALITY ADVISORY
Metro Vancouver is continuing the fine particulate matter advisory that has been in effect since September 8 for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District due to wildfire smoke from outside the region. Wildfire smoke from fires in Washington and Oregon continues to persist in the region.
Air quality has continued to improve since yesterday but ground-level smoke still remains and is expected to remain through the week. A weather system forecast for Friday is expected to bring further improvements this weekend. Localized smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes.
In the City of New Westminster, a timber wharf at Westminster Pier Park continues to burn, producing considerable local smoke. Please follow the advice provided by Fraser Health and City of New Westminster officials: http://fraserhealth.ca/news/2020/Sep/air-quality-advisory-for-new-westminster-and-surrounding-areas and http://newwestcity.ca/services/whats-happening/index/site_post/3000.php
Fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres (µm) or less. PM2.5 can easily penetrate indoors because of its small size.
Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions or acute infections such as COVID-19 should postpone or reduce outdoor physical activity until the advisory is lifted, especially if breathing feels uncomfortable. Exposure to PM2.5 is particularly a concern for people with underlying conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and/or diabetes, individuals with respiratory infections such as COVID-19, pregnant women and infants, children, and older adults. Individuals who are socially marginalized may also be at elevated risk.
As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with HEPA air cleaner filtration and air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution, but physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19 should still be observed. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, seek prompt medical attention. Call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.
Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to look after air quality.
Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at www.airmap.ca and http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/readings/find-stations-map.html .
To sign up for air quality alerts in your area, go to: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/air-quality/mailing-list
For more information, contact:
Metro Vancouver Information Centre at 604‐432‐6200
HASTINGS RACECOURSE OPEN FOR JOGGING ONLY ON TUESDAY MORNING
The air quality continues to tamper with training at Hastings Racecourse. This could change very quickly with some wind and rain. We did get some rain overnight Monday and we will have to check the air quality frequently before we open the track again for full training or racing.
I was asked yesterday on HOW we determined if the air was clear enough to train or not train.
Back in 2018 when we had the horrendous fires in British Columbia and we were covered in smoke at Hastings. The racing associations and Hastings Management reached out to Dr. Rick Arthur, director of equine medicine at UC Davis California.
Based on discussions with Dr. Arthur, the racing associations and track management we took the position copied below on when to train or race based on air quality in the Hastings area.
There are several air quality stations near and around Hastings and we check that air quality information in determining what’s safe and what’s not.
The air quality on Saturday, Sunday and Monday were over the top of the chart and as a matter of fact, Vancouver on Saturday had the second worst air quality in the world at 10+.
So dating back to the summer of 2018 the following statement was released on how Hastings would proceed with air quality and the health of our precious animals.
In order to gain more information on this matter a conference call with Dr Rick Arthur director of equine medicine at UC Davis California was arranged. Dr Arthur in addition to his university duties is employed as the lead veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board. Recently he was called upon to give advice on when horses involved in the California training centre fire could safely race again.
Participants in the conference call were Darren MacDonald, Glen Todd, and David Milburn. In discussion Dr Arthur said there was not a lot of research on the issue of air quality and horse racing and therefore we should draw on human experience and common sense. If the air causes coughing, irritated throat and congestion in people then we should assume it is doing the same thing to horses. He was very clear after looking at our air quality index for today (10 plus) that he would recommend not racing. As to what lower levels are safe he said is largely speculative and we should again use common sense. After the call ended and in further discussion with Darren, Glen and others including Mike Brown (GPEB) the idea was advanced to predetermine an air quality index level above which racing will be cancelled. In looking at the air quality chart, reading what was available on line, and recognizing that we safely ran races on Monday when the air quality was a 6 it was suggested that the unsafe to race level be set at 8 with racing permitted with an air quality of 7 or less. It was further suggested that we announce the level tomorrow morning in a joint industry/track statement.
Due to the air quality caused by all of the serious fires down the U.S. coastal states that have floated north to cover most of the lower mainland we have had to make several adjustments to the last 4 days of the Hastings Live racing season.
The racing associations met with Hastings management on Sunday morning and the following changes were agreed to.
Sunday’s card will run on Thursday (no changes)
An extra day, Thursday, Oct 1st, 1pm post will be added
The entire condition book will be shifted by one day
Today’s entries for Thursday will be taken on Wednesday for Sunday.
The stakes set for Sunday Sept 27th will be run on Thurs Oct 1st
All cards will have 9 races except the last day Oct 1st which will feature a 12 day card
All horses must be off the grounds by Friday, Oct 2nd by 2:00pm
The track will open tomorrow (Monday) from 7am to 10am for jogging only.
All post times will remain at 3:00pm except the last two race days which will have a 1:00pm start.
BC-Bred Incentive Purchase Program Extended
The Industry Associations have agreed to extend the deadline for $1,500 BC-bred Incentive Purchase Program from noon Wednesday, September 9thtoSunday, September 20th.
The up to $1,500 purchase incentive for all BC-bred yearlings which went RNA at the CTHS BC on September 8th and find an arms-length third party purchase by September 20th will be eligible for the incentive.
HASTINGS 1ST POST TIME MOVES TO 3:00PM SEPTEMBER 5TH
KENTUCKY OAKS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH
KENTUCKY DERBY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH
Fall in is the air and we have move our post time at Hastings ahead to 3:00pm starting this Saturday, September 5th. This is the only Saturday we are running during the 2020 live racing season at Hastings.
We go back to Thursday and Sunday afternoons starting on Sunday, September 6th.
The Kentucky Derby runs at 4:01pm PDT Saturday and we have staggered our races around the running of the Derby so everyone can watch the Derby.
Their is only 8 days of live racing left at Hastings. The only other change is Sunday, September 27 which is the final day were 12 races are being carded with the first post time at 1:00pm.
KENTUCKY DERBY AT THE DERBY BAR AND GRILL
The Derby Bar and Grill because of Covid19 has limited seating and we are taking prepaid reservations. We only have a couple of seats left and must be purchased in advance. We have a cover charge of $25.00 for that day only.
Included in today’s Derby Bar Newsletter which is very lengthy as we have included all the information you need to attend the CTHS (BC) Yearling and Mixed Sale.
We have also included the list of all of the hip numbers being offered along with their pedigree and a photo of all of the horses in the sale.
Scroll all the way down to find all of the information. We need owners to get out and support our breeding industry as its a very important part of our industry.
In these very unknown times the owners at Hastings have stepped up to plate and hit it out of park when its come to supporting our industry in 2020. The owners have kept literally hundreds of trainers, grooms, exercise riders etc etc employed thru these rough times with very little return.
We need our owners one more time to step up and support this sale.
OWNERS AT HASTINGS
The management of Hastings have allowed owners to attend the race that their horse is running in on race days.
Please note, owners are allowed in the designated area just outside of the George Royal Room at the Clubhouse level to watch their horses race only.
Owners are not allowed on the tarmac area or the paddock etc. They must keep in the designated area only.
We ask that owners to abide by Hastings Request before we loose this privilege.
The Hastings Protocol for owners, please read carefully
CTHS SALES STAKES
Next Saturday, September 5th is not only Kentucky Derby Day but also the 4 CTHS SALES STAKES will be run at Hastings.
The Kentucky Derby will be run at approx. 2:45 PDT and the followed with an 8 race card live from Hastings with the first post time of 3:00pm PDT.
This is the only Saturday we are running at Hastings this season.