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Labour Day race card marks the end of the PNE Fair

September 3, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

The mid-week “Afternoon Heat” live racing cards concluded on Friday, September 2, with the last of the 3:20 start times during The Fair at the PNE. Response to the mid-day races was encouraging with tremendous walk-up traffic, allowing a significant number of new fans to enjoy the great sport of Thoroughbred horse racing and resulting in higher wagering handles comparing 2011 to 2010 numbers.

Beginning with the holiday Monday—Labour Day, September 5—Hastings Racecourse reverts to a 1:50 p.m. start with two $50,000 stakes on the agenda: the Sir Winston Churchill for 3-year-olds & up and the Delta Colleen for fillies and mares. Two $30,000 allowance races are also on the undercard: the Fantasy Prep Allowance and Ascot Prep Allowance.

After Labour Day there are only nine live racing dates remaining on the 2011 Thoroughbred schedule and one of them will unquestionably dominate the sports scene on the Lower Mainland.

Sunday, September 11, is BC Derby Day in British Columbia when a fashion-conscious and festive crowd in excess of 15,000 will gather to watch the 66th running of the Grade 3 $200,000 BC Derby and the $100,000 BC Oaks.

“It’s the first time ever that we will combine the Oaks and Derby on the same day,” says Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing. “It will also be the first time we’ll feature six stakes races on the same card. I expect the day to rival our BC Cup Day both wagering-wise and attendance-wise.”

With a full 10-race card scheduled for Derby Day, the start time has been set for 12:20 p.m. Besides the BC Oaks and BC Derby, other stakes races on the agenda include The Derby Bar and Grill Express, The Derby Bar and Grill Ladies Express and two CTHS Sales Stakes. The six stakes races carry purses of more than $500,000.