A dear friend of racing – one-time owner Paul Minichiello – will be acknowledged Sunday at Hastings with a race in his name. Mr. Minichiello has been fighting recent health issues and will be accompanied by family and friends in the winner’s circle prior to the Race 5 Sunday: the Paul Minichiello Purse.

A native of Civitanova del Sannio, Italy, Mr. Minichiello is a retired master tailor who was a fixture on the Vancouver fashion scene for five decades. His clients included hockey stars Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe, as well as entertainment celebrities Sonny and Cher, Eric Clapton and Randy Bachman.