British Columbia 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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Favored Sky Promise Comes Running To Collect British Columbia Derby Win

The year 2015 flashed before trainer Craig MacPherson’s eyes Saturday at Hasting Racecourse in the closing seconds of the 73rd running of the BC Derby. It was one of those moments when you cringe and say to yourself:   “Oh no, this can’t be happening; I’ve already lived through this.” MacPherson, a two-time leading trainer at Hastings, had every reason […]

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Weekend Lineup: A Turf Feast Awaits At Kentucky Downs

It’s a light weekend of graded stakes across the country, with Kentucky Downs soaking up most of the spotlight with a historically excellent card. The 10-race day features four stakes, three of them graded, with total purses reaching $1.7 million. The feature event and final race is the Grade 3, $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf […]

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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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Opportunistic Favored In 71st British Columbia Derby

Not only is Saturday’s BC Derby/Oaks Day card the richest of the 2016 thoroughbred season at Hastings Racecourse, the fields in six stake races are being cited as the most competitive on this year’s calendar. The marquee event is the 71st running of the Grade 3 BC Derby for 3-year-olds with a purse of $150,000.  […]

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Weekend Lineup: Super Derby, Kentucky Turf Cup Highlight Saturday Cards

The racing lineup this Saturday is highlighted by a pair of Grade 3 races with relatively large purses: The Super Derby at Louisiana Downs with a $400,000 purse, and the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs with its $600,000 pot. Kicking off the action on Saturday is the G3 Violet Stakes (5:04PM EST) at Monmouth […]

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Alert Bay Much the Best in British Columbia Derby

3-2 favorite Alert Bay and jockey Rico Walcott took the lead rounding the far turn at Hastings and didn’t look back, running on to win going away in the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby on Sunday. Koffee Grinder closed late for second, and Del Rio Harbor stuck around for third after setting the pace. […]

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