Hastings Racecourse

Gonzalez, Reyes Tie For Leading Jockey Title At Hastings

When Enrique Gonzalez won his first-ever Leading Jockey title at Hastings Racecourse in 2013 it came down to the final day of the season when he was deadlocked with Amadeo Perez at 57 wins each. Gonzalez won two races; Perez was skunked. Gonzalez was no doubt thinking of repeating those same theatrics Sunday when he […]

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‘I Don’t Have Any Regrets’: Hastings Jockey Richard Hamel Retires At Age 50

Over the last several months jockey Richard Hamel has been listening to his body. Finally, at age 50 and after 32 years in a competitive saddle, the message became clear. “I’m done,” he told his friend and retired Hall of Fame rider Chris Loseth in the jock’s room prior to Sunday afternoon’s card at Hastings […]

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Emotional Father-Son Moments Celebrated In Weekend Stakes At Hastings

Thanksgiving weekend could easily have been mistaken for a Father’s Day celebration Sunday and Monday afternoons at Hastings Racecourse. When Jose Asencio rode Capilano Canyon to victory in the $75,000 Ascot Graduation Monday, the first person on the scene in the winner’s circle was his dad, Gabriel, the retired jockey who now gallops horses at […]

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Reyes Guides Longshot Brave Nation To BC Premiers Victory At Hastings

Antonio Reyes rode Brave Nation to victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 BC Premiers Sunday at Hastings Racecourse. Richard Hamel rode Here’s Hannah to victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Ballerina Saturday. Reyes and Hamel. Hamel and Reyes. They are literally neck-and-neck in the current Leading Jockey standings. Not even Hastings’ Hall of Fame race […]

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Animal Kingdom Gelding Powers Gains At CTHS British Columbia Sale

The annual Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (British Columbia Division) Yearling and Mixed Sale, held Sept. 11 at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, B.C., enjoyed brisk business, with solid middle-market trade. The median price of $14,250 represented a whopping 90 percent leap on last year’s rather anemic figure, while the average price of $16,648 reflected […]

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‘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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‘The Nuge’: NHL Co-Owner Celebrates Stakes Win At Hastings

It was another CTHS Sales Stakes ‘game day’ under the lights Friday at Hastings Racecourse and for a short time Ryan Nugent-Hopkins appeared to be on his way to first star status, something hardly new to him as a key player with the NHL Edmonton Oilers. The Burnaby-born Nugent-Hopkins was the center of attention in […]

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British Columbian Official Under Investigation For Providing False Licenses To Hastings Workers

An inspector at British Columbia’s gaming policy and enforcement branch is under investigation for allegedly providing licenses to work at Hastings Racecourse for prices between $600 and $1,000, according to Global News. An immigration raid at the Hastings by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) saw 25 individuals arrested on Monday. Seven of those, all from […]

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Trainer Heads Notches Four Wins On Hastings’ BC Day

It was difficult to determine who was having more fun on the PNE grounds during BC Day Monday afternoon: the squealing revellers enjoying the rides at Playland or the vast combinations of horse owners, trainers and jockeys who spent BC Cup Day sharing the winner’s circle at Hastings Racecourse. It was a scene right out […]

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Hastings: Five-Win Weekend Propels Jockey Richard Hamel As He Nears 50

For veteran rider Richard Hamel to win two of the three $50,000 stake races at Hastings Racecourse on the weekend was one thing but his sudden rise in the overall jockey standings was another.   Approaching the age of 50, Hamel is determined to prove to himself and his army of staunch supporters that the party […]

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