Increased Purses, Lower Takeouts at Hastings

71-day meet will be highlighted by BC Derby on Sept. 11.

Hastings Racecourse & Slots in Vancouver, British Columbia has announced increased purses and decreased takeouts on wagering for the 71-day meet that begins April 16.

According to the track, overnight purses are increasing by 19% and stakes horses will compete for 23% more with a retooled 41-race stakes schedule. The track will also have a 15% takeout rate on win, place, and show wagers, Pick 4, and a new Pick 5.

A new start time of 1:20 p.m. will apply on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, with the exception of major stakes days on Monday, Aug. 1 (BC Cup Day) and Sunday, Sept. 11 (BC Derby Day). Start times for both will be 12:20 p.m.

In addition to the $200,000 BC Derby, which highlights the meet, the Sept. 11 card also includes the BC Oaks, and four additional stakes for over $500,000 in purses. The $50,000 Redekop BC Cup Classic is the feature attraction of eventful BC Cup Day Aug. 1, when seven stakes races totaling $350,000 in purses make up the holiday card.  

The 2011 stakes schedule and other information about the meet that concludes Oct. 2 are available on the Hastings Racecourse website at