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Hastings Racecourse opens for training on February 1 as excitement builds for 2012 Thoroughbred season

January 23, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Building on the momentum of a successful 2011 thoroughbred season, Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing, is optimistic the trend will continue through 2012.

“The increase in attendance and the pari-mutuel handle last year was encouraging,” Mutti said while announcing Opening Day at Hastings Racecourse in 2012 will be Saturday, April 14. “We have some exciting plans in store for the coming season that will maintain the growth of our industry that was apparent in 2011.”

The 2012 meet will have other positive news: the season will start with a 10% increase in average overnight daily purses as well as the “appearance fee” that was introduced in 2011. “Every horse that starts a race and finishes out of the purse money (6th thru last) will receive a $300 appearance fee,” Mutti said.

The $200,000 BC Derby on Sunday, September 9 highlights a stakes schedule that includes 40 premier races with $2.5 million in purse money. Derby Day alone features $700,000 in purses with $600,000 of that amount included in six stakes: the prestigious BC Derby, BC Oaks ($100,000), Delta Colleen ($50,000), SW Randall Plate ($50,000), as well as the Jack Diamond Futurity and Sadie Diamond Futurity ($100,000 each).

Another Stakes Day extravaganza is the traditional BC Cup Day on the August 6 Holiday Monday, highlighted by the $75,000 Peter Redekop Classic. Five other stakes are included on the card, all with $50,000 purses: the BC Cup Debutante, Nursery, Dogwood, Stellar’s Jay and Distaff.

The 71-day meet runs from April 14 to October 14.