Popular Mascots Part of Sunday’s Live Racing Card

Can Hasty Horse repeat as defending champion? Will Chef Wasabi return to his winning form of previous back-to-back victories? Has Jack the Giant changed his rambunctious attitude?

These and many more questions will be answered at Hastings Racecourse with the running of the 6th annual Mascot Derby as part of Sunday’s live thoroughbred card that starts at 1:50 p.m. The Mascots will run, waddle or dive to the Derby finish line at approximately 3:00 p.m. following the third race on Sunday’s card.

Representing Hastings Racecourse, Hasty won the 2013 title in a photo finish against the baseball Vancouver Canadians’ Chef Wasabi, a repeat winner in 2011 and 2012. But according to Vancouver Giants’ executive Dale Saip, there could be a new champion on the horizon.

“A couple of years ago Jack the Giant bumped and tripped a couple of competing mascots and we had to discipline him,” Saip says. “We put him through some anger management courses and his many fans and followers will see a much more sportsmanlike-style on Sunday.”

Meantime, the Canadians are predicting another stellar performance from Chef Wasabi, one of the C’s fun-loving, sushi-inspired mascots who treat baseball fans on game days to a race around the bases during their summer season at Nat Bailey Stadium. “We do not take the Mascot Derby at Hastings as a recreational activity,” says Canadians sales and marketing vice-president Graham Wall. “There is always a big pride factor involved.”

The lineup of popular mascots will be prepping in the Paddock before parading to the post following the third race on the live card.

Besides Hasty, Chef Wasabi and Jack the Giant, this year’s impressive lineup includes Dale and Clover who run as a Cloverdale Rodeo entry, Eagle and Stetson the Bull, another entry from Cloverdale Rodeo, Barney (Killarney Community Centre), Return-It-Man (Encorp Pacific and Traction Creative), Oiley the Oil Drop (BC Used Oil Management Association and Grey Advertising), Peter Pin (Bowl B.C.), Mr. Fox (99.3 FM Fox Radio) Salty (Port Metro Vancouver), Bumper Bear (Richmond Auto Mall Association and Van Van (Vancouver Chinatown).

The annual Mascot Derby is geared to family fun and, as always, there is no admission to watch the thoroughbreds run at Hastings Racecourse.