04/25/2014 1:44PM

Title Contender returns to sprinting in George Royal

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – When the live Thoroughbred season begins at Hastings on Sunday, it will mark the 125th anniversary of horse racing in Vancouver. The first Thoroughbred race in Vancouver was dubbed the Vancouver City Stakes, and it was reportedly won by Mayflower, who earned $250. The race was held in 1889 in downtown Vancouver on Howe Street. Originally called East Park, Hastings opened for business the same year and is considered Vancouver’s longest continuously used professional sports facility.