05/09/2014 8:10PM

Hastings cancels May 18 card, adds racing July 23


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Following a meeting with horsemen Friday, Hastings canceled its card for Sunday, May 18. To make up for the loss, Hastings will add a racing day, 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,” said Hastings general manager Darren MacDonald. “Tentatively, we’re looking at a 3 p.m. start time for the July midweek card.”

MacDonald said the change of dates was made in cooperation with horsemen.

“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. 

David Milburn, president of the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association of British Columbia, agreed with MacDonald.

“Due to bad weather in February, we got off to a late start training our horses this winter,” said Milburn. “I am in complete agreement with the rescheduling. We’ll be in the middle of the season in July, and there should be more horses ready to run.”