Hastings Racecourse & Slots has announced that all three B.C. Racing Associations have agreed to the cancellation of the Friday, July 26 and Saturday, August 3 cards at Hastings Racecourse due to a shortage of entries and a flu virus affecting some horses.
The three governing bodies include the Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA), Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS), B.C. Division in conjunction with Hastings Racecourse management.
The decision was made to ensure a strong card for the annual BC Cup Day on Monday, August 5 that showcases six stakes races totaling $325,000 in purses restricted to horses bred in British Columbia.
The $75,000 Redekop BC Cup Classic highlights the Aug. 5 Holiday Monday card that includes five $50,000 stakes: the Debutante for 2-year-old fillies; the Nursery for 2-year-old colts & geldings; the Dogwood for 3-year-old fillies; the Stellar's Jay for 3-year-old colts & geldings and the Distaff for 3-year-olds and up fillies and mares. First race on Monday, August 5 for BC Cup Day will be 12:50 p.m., an hour earlier than the normal start time.
Hastings Racecourse & Slots apologizes to patrons for any inconvenience caused by these scheduling changes. As always, simulcast wagering will be available to guests on July 26 and Aug. 3.
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