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Hastings racing gets mentions as NHL alternative

September 21, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Various Vancouver publications as well as local radio and television sports shows have included Hastings Racecourse on their lists of “How to survive the NHL lockout”.

“Lockout or not,” Jonathan McDonald, sports editor of The Province wrote, “there are still plenty of teams and sports attractions out there who would love to see you in their seats. Still basking in the Mario Gutierrez glow, Hastings Racecourse runs Saturday and Sunday afternoons through October 14 and includes Thanksgiving racing on October 8.”

The 2012 Thoroughbred schedule hits the home stretch this weekend at Hastings with only nine days of live racing remaining. A first-level allowance race headlines Saturday’s eight-race card with Courtroom Kiss and Tracker listed as favorites in a 6˝ furlong sprint for 2-year-olds. Sunday’s feature is a $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies on another eight-race card.

First post on Saturdays and Sundays is 1:50 p.m.

Six stakes to go … barns close on October 17

The remaining stakes schedule at Hastings includes back-to-back CTHS Sales stakes September 29-30; the Premiers and Ballerina on Thanksgiving Monday on October 8; the Ascot Graduation and Fantasy on closing day, October 14.

Director of Racing Paul Ryneveld announced the closing of the barn area at Hastings will be at 4:00 p.m. on October 17.