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Hastings Racecourse hosts inaugural Pacific Challenge

July 29, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

For the first time, Washington-breds and British Columbia-breds will compete against each other in the BC Cup at Hastings Racecourse and the Washington Cup at Emerald Downs. Three races at each track been opened to include Washington- and B.C.-breds.

The inaugural Pacific Challenge is on British Columbia Day, Monday, August 3, at Hastings. Including the three Challenge races, the park is featuring seven big stakes races.

The event gets started early, with the $50,000 BC Cup Sprint carded as race two. Unfortunately, this one lacks an international flair, as the five entrants are all B.C.-breds.

The second of the three Challenge races has one U.S. standard bearer in the six-horse field for the $50,000 BC Cup Distaff at 1 1/8 miles.

The first half of the new Pacific Challenge ends with the 15th running of the Redekop BC Cup Classic, now with its new international conditions. This yearís edition includes some of the regionís top horses. Hereís the lineup, from the rail out: Ookashada (BC), Spaghetti Mouse (BC), Trick of the North (BC), Till the Storm (BC), Emancipated (WA), and Krazy Koffee.

The second day of Pacific Challenge races is Sunday, September 13, at Emerald Downs.

Other stakes on the British Columbia Day card are all worth $50,000: the B.C. Cup Nursery, the B.C. Cup Dogwood Handicap, the B.C. Cup Debutante, and the B.C> Cup Stellarís Jay.