Hastings Racecourse

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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‘I Know What He Meant To Our Family’: Awhitesportscoat Proves Lucky For Hall

In these early days of the 2019 Thoroughbred season at Hastings Racecourse, trainer Phil Hall has won three of the six stakes races. The first two came on opening day May 4 in the Brighouse Belles and Ross McLeod. Hall appears to be taking things in stride, since scoring stakes victories in recent years has […]

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Refried Dreams Tops CTHS British Columbia Horses Of Racing Age Sale

A total of 27 Thoroughbreds were purchased for a collective $251,400 (US$188,433) at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (British Columbia) Horses of Racing Age Sale at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, and in the words of president Grant Watson, the feedback was all positive. “We were thrilled with the job everyone did, from start to finish,” […]

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Freezing Temperatures Force Hastings Racecourse To Move Meet Start Date

Opening day of the 2019 live racing season at Hastings Racecourse has been moved to Saturday, May 4 after an interruption of training schedules in February and March due to inclement weather. “Excessive February freezing temperatures in Vancouver limited our opportunities to train at Hastings,” said Darren MacDonald, Regional Director, BC Racing. “At the request […]

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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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Hastings Racecourse Changes Things Up For 2019 Season

More Friday Night Live cards and earlier start times on two of the biggest days of the year: these are two major changes to the 2019 live Thoroughbred racing schedule announced by Darren MacDonald, general manager, Hastings Racecourse & Director, BC Racing. “We’re excited about the adjustments” MacDonald said. “The 2019 season will encompass 52 live racing […]

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Forster Family Closes Out Hastings Season In Style

Television script writers would have had a ball with this one simply by calling it ‘A Day in the Life of the Forster Family’ and letting the cameras roll. It was closing day of the 2018 thoroughbred season Sunday at Hastings Racecourse and Hall of Fame trainer Dave Forster was hosting a 70th birthday party […]

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Victress, Calgary Caper Score Graded Stakes Wins On Hastings Holiday Program

From her perch in the saddle, outrider Vicky Gilker was outwardly sobbing while husband Rob at track level was bravely holding back tears. Victory celebrations sometimes result in such emotions at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Gilkers, owners and trainers of their pet 5-year-old chestnut mare Victress, graced the winner’s circle with jockey […]

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Gryder Rides Five Winners In A Row Friday At Hastings

Aaron Gryder once rode seven winners on one day but as he’s quick to point out: “Not at the same track. Four of them were at Aqueduct during the afternoon and the other three were at Meadowlands later that night.” With his movie star looks, the 48-year-old jockey who has literally ridden around the world, […]

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Reyes Rides Five Winners On BC Cup Day At Hastings Racecourse

When Antonio Reyes was a young teenager growing up in Mexico City he was introduced to horse racing by jockey Enrique Gonzalez at the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race track Hipodromo de las Americas. Gonzalez helped him land work galloping horses and by the time Reyes turned 19 he was riding professionally as an apprentice. […]

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