This year's BC Cup will runneth over with more than $400,000 in total purses as part of the 2006 stakes schedule at Hastings Racecourse."With every stakes race this season now offering a minimum purse of $50,000, we'll go over the $2.8 million mark," said Raj Mutti, director of operations. "BC Cup Day alone will result in purses of more than $400,000."The traditional BC Cup card Aug. 7 is highlighted by the classic with a $75,000 purse for 3-year-olds and up that were bred in British Columbia or owned by a resident.One of the richest weekends on this year's Hastings calendar begins with the $150,000 BC Breeders' Cup Oaks on Sept. 23, followed by the $250,000 BC Derby the next day. Three major dates in October include the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity Oct. 1; the $150,000 Ballerina Breeders' Cup Oct. 14; and the $125,000 BC Premiers Oct. 15.The 78-day Hastings Racecourse meet will begin with an April 14 matinee card at 1:25 p.m.
Visit www.hastingsracecourse.com for a complete schedule of 2006 stakes races at Hastings.