Vancouver, B.C. (April 7/15) – Two new stakes races have been added to BC Cup Day on Monday, August 3 while two established BC Cup stakes are moving to a huge Friday Night Live program August 21 on the eve of the 2015 PNE Fair.
Darren MacDonald, Hastings General Manager and Director, BC Racing, announced the addition of a new $100,000 Redekop Classic for B.C. bred and owned colts or geldings 3-years-old & up as well as a $75,000 Pegasus Distaff for B.C. bred and owned fillies and mares 3-years-old & up.
“Our horsemen, owners and breeders want to extend a sincere thank you to Mr. Peter Redekop and Pegasus Training & Equine Rehabilitation Center owner Dr. Mark DeDomenico for sponsoring these additions to our stakes schedule,” MacDonald said. By adding the new races to the BC Cup Day program, MacDonald said the traditional $50,000 BC Cup Classic and $50,000 BC Cup Distaff restricted to B.C.-breds will be moved to Friday Night August 21.
“That now provides us with six challenging stakes races on both August 3rd and August 21st,” MacDonald noted. “It will put Hastings Racecourse front and centre in August with over $675,000 in purse money from just those two dates alone.”
On another positive note, the CTHS Sales Stake races on Monday, Sept. 7 – four in total – have had their purses increased to $60,000 each from $50,000.
With the opening of the 2015 thoroughbred season at Hastings set for the April 25-26 weekend, MacDonald said he is encouraged by the fact more than 550 horses are currently on the grounds with more on the way.
The 2015 regular season schedule and revised stakes schedule are available HERE
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Greg Douglas – Media Relations