Friday Night Live Returns in Peak Summer Months
VANCOUVER, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Hastings Racecourse has announced its
71-day card for the 2012 season with Raj Mutti, Regional General
Manager, BC Racing, calling it "a balanced schedule" geared to build on
the momentum established last year.
"We are starting with racing two days a week in the early Spring and
will add the popular Friday Night Live cards during our peak months,"
Mutti said. "Our mandate is to build on the momentum we had in 2011
with increased handle figures and attendance."
The new season begins on Saturday, April 14 and runs until Friday Oct.
14 with an exciting stakes schedule that is anchored by the two richest
single day events of the year: BC Cup Day (Aug. 6) and BC Derby Day
There are 40 stakes races scheduled with a total of $2.5 million in
purse money. Traditionally, the stakes program gets underway on
Sunday, April 15 with the $50,000 George Royal as part of the opening
The 2012 racing calendar consists of six dates in April, ten in May,
thirteen in June, fourteen in July, fourteen in August, nine in
September and five in October. August includes six matinee cards during
the Fair at the PNE with special 3:20 p.m. starts.
The Friday Night Live cards (7:00 p.m.) begin on May 25 with twelve in
total that will continue to run in June, July and August. All
Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays have 1:50 p.m. start times with
the exception of BC Cup Day (Monday, Aug. 6) and BC Derby Day (Sunday,
BC Cup Day has six stakes races totaling $325,000 in purses while BC
Derby Day features six stakes totaling $700,000. Start times for both
will be 12:50 p.m. to accommodate the two biggest dates on the 2012
Mutti confirmed earlier that the $100,000 BC Premiers on Monday, Oct. 8
has been upgraded to Grade 3 status, joining the $100,000 Ballerina
(also on Oct. 8) and the $200,000 BC Derby.
With more than 450 horses currently on the grounds at Hastings, training
hours are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday with starting
gate training set to begin March 8.
The complete 2012 Hastings Racecourse schedule is available at www.hastingsracecourse.com
Hastings Racecourse & Casino is located in Vancouver, B.C. and features
live and simulcast wagering, a vibrant gaming floor, numerous dining
options, private and public event facility rental opportunities,
spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains and outstanding guest
SOURCE Great Canadian Gaming Corporation - Media Relations
For further information:
For Media & Entertainment inquiries: Howard Blank - 604.303.100
For Racing inquiries: Raj Mutti - 604.216.5245