The entry window for the opening two days at Hastings Racecourse couldn’t have been any busier then yesterday morning.
Horsemen have been waiting for this day for sometime and they showed up in droves.
Monday’s opening day card drew a total of 69 entries for an average of 9.86 entries per race and Tuesday’s seven race program drew a total of 82 entries but only 70 of those will get to start for an average of 10 horses per race.
I don’t think I can remember when we have had a card with the maximum amount of starters in every race. Several of the races have also eligibles and even some races had horses excluded. Unheard of for many years.
Watch for our Derby Picks available later today at www.derbybarand grill.com
Once again we will have our daily race preview and daily roundup for each and every racing day.
The Derby Bar and Grill is the only Off Track Betting site open currently where you can watch and wager on Hastings Racecourse. Reservations are recommended as we have limited seating available because of covid19. Call 604-536-2978 fpr reservations.
The Derby Bar and Grill will also have the Daily Racing Form available for the first two day on Saturday.
Please find here the overnight sheets for each day
Hastings Racing Office opens at 7:00am tomorrow morning to take entries for the first two days of the 2020 live racing season. I must admit I often wondered if this day would ever come but here our and even though its a short season we are racing.
We all must be thankful for all of the owners who kept the faith and continued to pay for the training for the last several months, Without these owners who kept many of the trainers , grooms, exercise riders, etc, employed thru these unknown times we would not be racing.
A large shout out to the many owners who reached into their pockets and sponsored several of the stake races for the season. Without these gracious owners we would not have a stake schedule. What little money we do have was nearly all directed at the overnight races.
To David Milburn, President of the HBPA and Ole Nielsen the President of BCTOBA who worked alongside of me for tireless hours trying to put this season together, many, many thanks. We had some hard decisions to reach several times but we stuck together and came up with what we have.
Good Luck to everyone as we move forward in these very trying times
Canmor Farms, Canadian Derby Winner Explode’s ( Trappe Shot – Light Bow) half brother Sole Volante ( Karakontie (JPN) – Light Bow) is the 9-2 second choice in today’s Belmont Stakes.
NATHC’S, 2 yr old Great Gasby (Tiznow -White Pants Night) is a half brother to Mischevious Alex (Into Mischief – White Pants Night) is 5-2 in the Gr1 Woody Stephens which goes as the second race on the Belmont card.
Our apologies to the shortened version today as we have been fighting a system problem all morning. It was just resolved. Tomorrow we will be back to normal with much more content including some of today’s missing information.
Please take note that masks or bandanas are mandatory as of today
All participants and workers must wear face coverings at all times, that fully cover the nose and mouth, and that are washed and disinfected daily, unless specifically stated. Bandanas are an acceptable form of face covering, if worn according to PHAC guidelines noted below. Bandanas are discouraged from being worn if a racing participant will be on camera during live racing. Persons requesting access are required to bring their own face covering. Person(s) without a face covering will not be permitted entry. Any person found on track premises without wearing a face covering will be requested to leave the premises immediately. All face coverings must be worn in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) guidance. For more information, see: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/about-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html
Trainers must police their employee to make sure all of their staff members obey the protocols set out by GCGC. If we want race folks please follow this rule and the many protocols to follow shortly
GOOD NEWS FOR OWNERS WANTING TO WATCH THIER HORSES WORK
ESSENTIAL WORKERS ONLY ALLOWED ON BACKSTRETCH AT HASTINGS
Talks with Hastings Racecourse and Horsemen’s Association on securing an opening date and racing schedule are on going. Hopefully soon we can announce a live racing season for 2020.
This coming Friday the clockers will once again take their positions and we will have recorded works on Friday, Saturday and Sundays only. Trainers who wish to have recorded works will have to work on Friday- Sunday from 6:00am – 10:30am until further notice.
Hastings Racecourse management and the horsemen’s association have come to an agreement to allow owners on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 6:00am to 10:30am STARTING NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 22ND to enable owners watch their horses work on the Tarmac in front of the grandstand.
Owners may enter the grandstand coming thru Gate 6 just below the Pacific Coliseum. Park their cars in the VIP Parking lot just behind the Marquee Tent and enter thru a gate at the east end of VIP Lot. The gate will be locked at 10:30am each day. But please be reminded owners are not allowed on the backstretch only essential workers as list below. There is plenty of room on the tarmac so please assure we practice social distancing of at least 6ft.
We thank Hastings Racecourse for this concession to allow our owners to watch their horses work or train on weekends.
Protocol for Hastings Barn Area
Hastings barn area re-opens on May 1st 2020 at 6:00 a.m. Horses may ship in from this time forward.
The racing surface will open for training on May 2, 2020.
Training hours will be from 6:00am to 10:30am, with one break from 8:00am to 8:30am Tuesday through Sunday inclusive. The Track will be closed on Mondays.
Only licensed Essentials Personnel will be allowed entry to the barn area, which includes:
HBPA Feed store employees
Owners, Jockey Agents and guests are not permitted entry to the barn area at this time.
All Essential Personnel must comply with Physical and Social Distancing Rules and Personal Hygiene as set out by the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia.
All personnel must abide by any Hastings Racecourse health & safety requirements and COVID-19 precautionary measures. This includes but is not limited to:
Passive and self-screening at the barn area entrance.
Hastings Racecourse’s provided signage of protocol at all entrances of the backstretch must be visible
Stay home when ill or when a family member in the household is ill, and self-isolate/isolate as advised by provincial health authorities
Maintain strict physical distancing of at least two (2) metres (or six (6) feet)
Strict hand handwashing and hygiene when on site
Report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 immediately to the HBPA, security gate personnel and Michael Zerebeski (General Manager)
Tracker’s cafeteria will be open for take-out only and abide by all Provincial orders and WorkSafeBC requirements.
HASTINGS RECOURSE TO REOPEN FOR TRAINING ON MAY 1ST
The British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee met yesterday with the newly formed Task Force via Teleconference.
It was announced by GCGC that Hastings Racecourse would reopen for training on May 1st for training. Many of the terms and conditions will be worked out by the two racing associations BCTOBA and HBPA and track management before that date and will be announced prior to May 1st.
Obviously a lot could change over the next few weeks as this Covid19 virus change from day to day. Actually British Columbia seems to be headed in the right direction in my opinion but of course I’m neither a Doctor or a Health Expert.
To Consignors and those people who bought horses in the CTHS Horses of Racing Age Sale. Please be notified that those horses qualify for the 2020 Racing Season Postponement Program. The racing association have decided that both the consignor and the purchaser are eligible for $500.00 each. Please contact Cristan Gossen and get a copy of the application form at email@example.com , Fill out the form and return it to Cristan.
BRITISH COLUMBIA HORSE RACING INDUSTY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The BCHRIMC have been meeting frequently over the past few weeks to discuss the Covid – 19 virus and its serious effect on racing in 2020.
We have the assurance from GCGC that the moment its declared safe the track will re-open to training.
On our teleconference call yesterday it was decided to add a new Task Force Committee to the committee until this deadly virus is behind us. The Task Force will be made up of persons from both the Standard Bred Association, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and GCGC (Hastings Racecourse). More on the forming of that committee shortly.