Off to the the races! Hastings Racecourse opens for 2015, Deighton Cup set for July in Vancouver

Photo credit: Hastings Racecourse on Facebook

Photo credit: Hastings Racecourse on Facebook

And there they go!

This coming Saturday and Sunday (April 25 and 26), the thoroughbreds will be off and running as Hastings Racecourse marks its opening weekend in Vancouver.

Whether or not you’re interested in betting, the scenic spot is a good place to enjoy some high-energy excitement on a nice day.

The season’s first stakes races happen this Sunday (April 26): the $50,000 George Royal and $50,000 Brighouse Belles. In 2015, the 50-day meet runs through October 12, with four tentative dates later in October.

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Off to the the races! Hastings Racecourse opens for 2015, Deighton Cup set for July in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Doors Open Vancouver, Hawker’s Market, Water’s Edge Days and Toronto Raptors basketball game are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Gear up for the weekend with World Cup Final viewing parties, street dance lessons, music festivals, and more!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Wiener Dog Races Return to Hastings Racecourse this Weekend!

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Image courtesy of Hastings Race Course

Release the dachshunds! This weekend at Hastings Racecourse, the track is going to the dogs during the annual Wiener Dog Races being held this Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th. 

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Wiener Dog Races Return to Hastings Racecourse this Weekend!

Wiener Dog Racing Returns to Hastings Racecourse this Weekend

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Photo Credit: Hastings Racecourse

The dogs are back in town this weekend at Hastings Racecourse for the annual Wiener Dog Races!

The free event, taking place on both Saturday and Sunday (July 13-14), features 8 heats throughout the day and one final Top Dog Race pitting the winners from all of the earlier races against each other.

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Wiener Dog Racing Returns to Hastings Racecourse this Weekend

Wiener Dog Racing at Hastings Racecourse: July 16+17

After my recent post on Hastings Racecourse, I thought I had to say something about this.  This weekend (July 16, 17) Hastings will be hosting wiener dog races.  It’s free to watch and parking is free, too.

The wiener dogs only race a small portion of the horse track.  But their handlers actually load them into the starting gate (more or less) and there’s a live announcer commenting on all the action.   The dogs race in multiple heats throughout the afternoon (Just an FYI: These races are totally tongue-in-cheek – none of the ethical quandaries of greyhound racing).

Races take place in heats during the half-hour intervals between the official horse races.  On Saturday, July 16, the first horse race is at 3:20 p.m., and there will be five wiener heats scattered throughout the afternoon.  On Sunday, July 17, the first horse race is at 1:50 p.m.  There will be three wiener dog heats, followed by a grand finale where the winners of all eight heats face off.

In the meantime, here’s a video of last year’s races.

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Wiener Dog Racing at Hastings Racecourse: July 16+17

Vancouver Has a Horse Track?

Photo credit: Remy Scalza

Among Vancouver’s must-sees, one place that almost never gets mentioned is the old Hastings Racecourse, squirreled away next to the Playland amusement park.   Maybe it’s because horse racing has a bit of a seedy rep.  Or maybe it’s the location, out on the edge of town.  Whatever the reason, it’s a shame because a day at the races is a lot of fun.

I checked out the Racecourse for the first time on a recent Sunday. I’d never been to a race before and wasn’t sure what to expect.  My first big surprise: It’s free to watch.  You can just wander right into the racetrack area: No tickets, not even any security.

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Vancouver Has a Horse Track?