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Hastings Racecourse 2012 stakes schedule features 40 races and $2.5 million in purses

February 4, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

BC Premiers on October 8 upgraded to Grade 3

Hastings Racecourse has released its 2012 stakes schedule that includes 40 races with a total of $2.5 million in purse money.

Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing, also announced that the $100,000 BC Premiers has been upgraded to Grade 3 status, joining the $200,000 BC Derby and $100,000 Ballerina in that category. “Several winners of the Premiers in the past have gone on to be named Horse of the Year at Hastings,” Mutti said. “We are very pleased to have it now recognized as a Grade 3 race.”

The BC Premiers will share the stakes spotlight with the Ballerina on the Canadian Thanksgiving Day holiday card on Monday, October 8.

The richest single day of stakes racing in 2012 at Hastings will be on Sunday, September 9 with the headline attraction being the $200,000 BC Derby. Five additional stakes boost the total purse money to $700,000: BC Oaks ($100K), SW Randall Plate ($50K), Delta Colleen ($50K), Jack Diamond Futurity ($100K), and Sadie Diamond Futurity ($100K).

BC Cup Day, with six stakes totaling $325,000 in purses, is set for the August 6 Holiday Monday. Reserved for B.C.-bred horses, the feature attraction is the $75,000 Peter Redekop Classic for 3-year-olds and up. All six other stakes races come with $50,000 purses: BC Cup Debutante, Nursery, Dogwood, Stellar’s Jay, and Distaff.

As has been the tradition at Hastings Racecourse, the Stakes Schedule begins with the $50,000 George Royal on Sunday, April 15, as part of opening weekend. The 71-day meet goes from Saturday, April 14, to Sunday, October 14.