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Only eight racing days remain on Hastings Thoroughbred schedule


November 2, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Vancouver, B.C. (Nov. 1/06) -- With Ookashada winning the Ascot Graduation Breeders’ Cup Sunday and Suva capturing the Fantasy Stakes Saturday on the final weekend of October at Hastings Racecourse, now the focus switches to the closing eight racing days of the 2006 season through the month of November.

It begins with live simulcast coverage of the $20 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Churchill Downs Saturday, Nov. 4 that will be included in the regular Hastings racing schedule. For the first time in 22 years the Breeders’ Cup will not be broadcast in Canada on network television.

With a lock on the leading jockey honours this year at Hastings, the charismatic Pedro Alvarado rode back-to-back stakes victories in Sunday’s $134,337 Ascot Graduation and $114,550 Fantasy on Saturday.

Trained by Toni Jacobson Cloutier and owned by Michael Boylan and Anthony Zitko, Ookashada won the 1 1/16-miles Ascot Graduation by a head over longshot Mountain Musician. Ookashada earned $78,630 for the victory in a final time of l:45.18 on a track rated sloppy.

Suva wrapped up the local 2-year-old filly championship with a 3 1/4 length win over Deadly Zone in the Fantasy Stakes. Trained by Steve Henson and owned by Jeff Sengara, Suva moved to the lead approaching the quarter-pole and was drawing away in the stretch to earn $68,730 in a final time of 1:46.69.

Live racing at Hastings goes at 1:25 every Saturday and Sunday through November with Fan Appreciation Day slated for the finale on Sunday, Nov. 26. Also, the Melbourne Cup - The Race That Stops a Nation - will be shown at Hastings “live” via simulcast from Australia from 3:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, with the feature race going at 8:00 p.m. (PST).

For further racing related inquiries contact: Raj Mutti 604 - 251-0445