40 Stakes Races on Tap with $2.5 Million in Purses
VANCOUVER, Jan. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Building on the momentum of a successful
2011 thoroughbred season, Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC
Racing, is optimistic the trend will continue through 2012.
"The increase in attendance and the pari-mutuel handle last year was
encouraging," Mutti said while announcing Opening Day at Hastings
Racecourse in 2012 will be Saturday, April 14. "We have some exciting
plans in store for the coming season that will maintain the growth of
our industry that was apparent in 2011."
The 2012 meet will have other positive news, the season will start with
a 10 per cent increase in average overnight daily purses as well as the
starter fee that was introduced in 2011 will also apply again. "Every
horse that starts a race and finishes out of the purse money (6th thru last) will receive $300", Mutti said.
The $200,000 BC Derby on Sunday, Sept. 9 will highlight a stakes
schedule that includes 40 premier races with $2.5 million in purse
money. Derby Day alone will feature $700,000 in purses with $600,000 of
that amount included in six stakes: the prestigious BC Derby, BC Oaks
($100,000), Delta Colleen ($50,000), SW Randall Plate ($50,000), as
well as the Jack Diamond Futurity and Sadie Diamond Futurity ($100,000
Another "Stakes Day" extravaganza is the traditional BC Cup Day on the
Aug. 6 Holiday Monday, highlighted by the $75,000 Peter Redekop
Classic. Five other stakes are included on the card, all with $50,000
purses: the BC Cup Debutante, Nursery, Dogwood, Stellar's Jay and
Mutti said the official 2012 Hastings Racecourse thoroughbred schedule
will soon be released. The 71-day meet will run from April 14 to Oct.
14. Horses will start arriving on the Hastings grounds Jan. 30, with
training beginning on Feb. 1.
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 Hastings Racecourse
For further information:
For racing related inquiries: Raj Mutti @ 604.216.5245
For media & entertainment inquiries: Howard Blank @ 604.303.1000