HorseRacing Central – Friday, July 12th, 2013


Friday Night Live thoroughbred racing resumes this week (July 12) at Hastings Racecourse with a seven-race card that features fillies and mares going a mile and sixteenth in Race 6. The morning line favourite at 2-1 is Notis Her, trained by Barbara Heads and ridden by Scott Williams.
Start time Friday is 7:00 p.m.

The talk of the town has been the return of the popular Wiener Dog Races at Hastings Saturday and Sunday.  A total of 64 dachshunds have entered the 5th annual competition sponsored by Schneiders with five qualifying heats on Saturday between live thoroughbred races numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 and three qualifying heats on Sunday between thoroughbred races 2, 3 & 4.  The Top Dog championship final goes after the 6th race Sunday with $1,000 as top prize with a special ceremony in the Wiener’s Circle.

Incredibly enough, ‘Joey’ from North Vancouver owned by non-skier Nancy Green won all four previous championships but won’t be competing for a fifth consecutive title. However, ‘Joey’ is expected to make a special guest appearance.

The Wiener Dog Races have been a big hit as family entertainment at Hastings and as always, admission is free. The seven-race thoroughbred cards Saturday and Sunday start at 1:50 p.m.


Two-year-olds will be showcased Sunday in the two $50,000 stakes on the card:  the Boulevard Casino for fillies and the New Westminster for colts and geldings. Also on Sunday the late Ronnie Williams will be honoured in the Hall of Fame spotlight.  Inducted into the B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1989, Williams was an accomplished jockey and his son Danny and grandson Scott carried on the tradition.  Scott goes into the three-day racing weekend in fourth place in a tightly contested run for the 2013 Leading Rider title.

With three wins last Sunday, Aaron Gryder sits atop the jockey stats with 33 wins, followed by Amadeo Perez (30) Frank Fuentes (27)  and Williams (23).

Ronnie Williams’ wife Barb is the family matriarch.  She raised Danny and has also been a major influence in Scott’s life.  Barb will be representing her husband in Sunday’s tribute prior to Race 3.


Hastings Racecourse has announced that all three B.C. Racing Associations have agreed to the cancellation of the Friday, July 26 and Saturday, August 3 thoroughbred cards due to a shortage of entries and a flu virus circulating through the backstretch.  The decision was made to ensure a strong card for the annual BC Cup Day on Monday, August 5 that includes six stakes races totaling $325,000 in purses restricted to horses bred in British Columbia.

David Milburn, president of the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA) told Randy Goulding of the Daily Racing Form:  “We just did a survey and we found that approximately 25 per cent of the horses on the grounds are sick or coughing. These things burn themselves out so we should be okay in a few weeks.  But I think it’s not only prudent but also necessary to cancel these days.”