BC derby

‘Best Day’ In 50 Years Of Racing: Five Star General Produces Emotional Win In British Columbia Derby

It was shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday when track announcer Dan Jukich warned the crowd at Hastings Racecourse of a “spoiler alert” and proceeded to share the news that 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu had just defeated Serena Williams to capture the U.S. Open tennis championship. It would the first of many ear-piercing cheers throughout the […]

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Plenty Of Storylines Heading Into BC Derby, Oaks At Hastings Racecourse

There are so many intriguing storylines behind Saturday’s 74th running of the BC Derby and 56th edition of the BC Oaks at Hastings Racecourse, it is a challenge to know where to begin.  An ideal start might be Peter Redekop, the 84-year-old owner/breeder who’s been a major part of the local thoroughbred scene for more […]

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Hastings Racecourse: Owner Redekop Boosts BC Derby Purse By $100,000

The 74th running of the BC Derby will take on a new look at Hastings Racecourse this year thanks to the generosity of BC Horse Racing Hall of Fame owner Peter Redekop. Traditionally the richest stakes race on the Hastings calendar, the 2019 BC Derby became $100,000 richer with Mr. Redekop increasing the purse from $150,000 […]

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‘Northwest Triple’ Allocates $100,00 Bonus For Sophomores At Hastings, Emerald

Northwest 3-year-olds will have their own triple crown in 2018. Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, BC and Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.—separated by just 165 miles/265 kilometers—will offer a $100,000 bonus for any horse that sweeps a new three-race series, the tracks have announced. The “Northwest Triple” begins with the Muckleshoot Derby at Emerald Downs on […]

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Hastings: BC Derby, BC Oaks Dominate Spotlight In ‘Ultimate Afternoon’ Of Racing

While the 72nd running of the BC Derby will definitely be the feature attraction at Hastings Racecourse Saturday afternoon, the five supporting stake races deserve single billings of their own. That’s what happens when there is $550,000 in total purse money on the line with a schedule that breaks down this way: Race 3 – […]

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‘Throwback’ Wednesday: Hastings Schedules Special Mid-Week Card

Remember the “good ol’ days” in the 1980’s when going to a movie theatre cost $3 and you could dive into a big bag popcorn for 50 cents? A gallon of gasoline cost 59 cents; postage stamps were 13 cents and the average price of a new car was $7,200. It was also a time […]

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Glen Todd ‘Overwhelmed’ In Aftermath Of First BC Derby Victory

On one hour’s sleep, horse owner Glen Todd was back at his Hastings Racecourse stable Sunday morning wondering if life could get any better. It was 12 hours earlier when Todd had won his first BC Derby with Sorryaboutnothing, describing the moment as “the last thing on my bucket list”. The victory in Saturday’s 71st […]

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Emerald, Hastings Announce Bonus For Winners Of Tracks’ Oaks, Derby Races

Emerald Downs and Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia, have announced a new bonus for horses that sweep the tracks’ signature events for 3-year-olds in 2016. A sweep of the $75,000 Emerald Downs Derby on July 31 and $150,000 BC Derby (G3) on September 10 is worth a $25,000 (CDN) bonus, and a sweep of […]

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Title Contender Sharp in British Columbia Derby

The biggest and richest day of the year was a day of dreams at Hastings Racecourse Sunday. From wealthy owner Peter Redekop to the struggling stable of trainer Brian (Spud) O’Connell, there were unforgettable thrills in the making before 10,000-plus fascinator and fedora-clad thoroughbred fans on BC Derby Day. Redekop won the $150,000 BC Derby […]

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