Hastings Racecourse is a horse racing facility at Hastings Park four miles from downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Originally called East Park, it opened for business in 1889, making it Vancouver’s longest continuously used professional sports facility. The racing operation is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation who acquired the lease of the city-owned track in 2004.
On the first Monday in August, a public holiday, the track hosts BC Cup Day that features a series of six races for top Thoroughbreds in various classes. In September, the two most important races for three-year-olds in British Columbia, the British Columbia Oaks and the British Columbia Derby, are run at Hastings Racecourse. Major races include:
- Lieutenant Governors Stakes
- British Columbia Derby
- British Columbia Premier's Handicap
- Ballerina Stakes
On May 18, 2011 it was reported that the course could close at the end of its 2012 lease due to low profits from wagering revenue and slots as well as difficulty reaching an agreeable new lease with the city. A decision by Great Canadian had to be made by October 31 of that year. The result of those negotiations was that the track remain open and running.
In 2012, Hastings Racecourse made international headlines when little-known Mexican-born jockey Mario Gutierrez (who had emigrated to Canada in 2006 and begun riding at Hastings, winning the track's riding titles in 2007 and 2008), won the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes aboard I'll Have Another.
- Bob Mackin (May 19, 2012). "Winning Jockey Came From a Struggling Track". The New York Times.
- Hastings Racecourse could close - News1130
- Yvonne Zacharias (May 5, 2012). "Mario Gutierrez takes unlikely path from poverty to Kentucky Derby win via east Vancouver racecourse". Vancouver Sun.
- Cam Tucker (May 19, 2012). "Mario Gutierrez, I'll Have Another wins 137th Preakness Stakes". Vancouver Sun.
- Hastings Hastings Entertainment Inc. official website
- Hastings Racecourse at the NTRA
- Exhibition Park/Hastings Racecourse at the City of Vancouver website
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