09/29/2006 12:00AM

Hastings cuts purses 20 percent

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Purses at Hastings will drop by 20 percent beginning Oct. 7, the track announced Friday, citing yet-unrealized slot-machine revenue. Although Vancouver City Council approved slots at Hastings in July of 2004, there is still no clear indication when they will actually be installed. The latest setback is that a local citizens group, the Hastings Park Conservancy, has appealed a court's denial of a lawsuit filed to prevent the slots from being installed at Hastings.

The final four stakes races this year, which includes the Grade 3, $150,000-added Ballerina Breeders' Cup on Oct. 14 and the Grade 3, $125,000-added B.C. Premiers on Oct. 15, will not be affected.

"The appeal really hurt us," said Michael Mackey, general manager of Hastings. "All of our projections regarding purses were based on having the slots in by now."

The Hastings meet concludes Nov. 26.Purses at Hastings will drop by 20 percent beginning Oct. 7, the track announced Friday, citing yet-unrealized slot-machine revenue. Although Vancouver City Council approved slots at Hastings in July of 2004, there is still no clear indication when they will actually be installed. The latest setback is that a local citizens group, the Hastings Park Conservancy, has appealed a court's denial of a lawsuit filed to prevent the slots from being installed at Hastings.

The final four stakes races this year, which includes the Grade 3, $150,000-added Ballerina Breeders' Cup on Oct. 14 and the Grade 3, $125,000-added B.C. Premiers on Oct. 15, will not be affected.

"The appeal really hurt us," said Michael Mackey, general manager of Hastings. "All of our projections regarding purses were based on having the slots in by now."

The Hastings meet concludes Nov. 26.