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.”

Brad Auger More than 1 year ago
Sinking ship..it's a dump. Two weekends into the season and no horses or jockeys..lol
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
Perhaps Hastings and Northlands could co-ordinate with to create a western Canada circuit pool of horses with alternate meets ....just saying I ain't playin 5 horse races
David Giannotti More than 1 year ago
I totally agree forget this five horse stuff,and as for weather i spend five months out on the coast I don't remember the weather being bad.It was quite typical of Vancouver. A western circuit makes sense!!
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
Sundays are our stronger days, why would you opt to have Sat & Mon and not Sun/Mon? Stupid decision.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
That Saturday is the Preakness, when a lot of Triple Crown-only day fans come out and Monday is a holiday a lot of more casual fans come out. They likely didn't have enough horses to fill three cards this early in the season.
Crystal Harrison More than 1 year ago
I agree Walt. I remember when they did get the late start this February. I live beside a horse farm and I expected the horses to travel to Hastings for the start of their pre season training as usual on February first. I asked the owner of the horses why they weren't gone yet and he said " The track is frozen". They finally left but I imagine that late start in training did put a wrinkle in all the horse's readiness. So, if they don't have enough horses for 3 days racing, then keeping the Sat and Monday as the days for this holiday week end makes perfect sense. With the Preakness on Saturdayand the holiday Monday, then Sunday is the logical day to drop.