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Hastings reschedules race dates to provide stronger cards

May 9, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

With the intention of ensuring quality race cards, Hastings Racecourse general manager Darren MacDonald announced today the rescheduling of the Sunday, May 18, card to Wednesday, July 23.

“We will strive to have strong nine-race cards on Saturday, May 17, and the Victoria Holiday Day Monday on May 19,” MacDonald said. “Tentatively, were looking at a 3:00 p.m. start time for the July mid-week card.”

MacDonald said that the decision to make the adjustment was in concert with the horsemen at Hastings Racecourse, citing the availability of more race-ready horses in July.

“I want to thank the horsemen for working collaboratively with management to accommodate this date change with the belief it will provide a better product for our race fans,” MacDonald said.

The Victoria Holiday Monday card will include two long-standing $50,000 stake races at Hastings: the Strawberry Morn for fillies and mares and the John Longden 6000 for 3-year-olds and up.

Start times for both Saturday, May 17, and Monday, May 19 will be the regular 1:50 p.m.

The decision comes on the heels of draws for this weekend’s races, which resulted in two seven-race cards. 40 horses are entered for Saturday’s card (an average of 5.7 horses-per-race) with 44 entered for Sunday (6.3 horses-per-race).