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Hastings Racecourse

Hastings Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada. It opened in 1889, at Renfrew St.

History of Hastings Racecourse

1888 – It all started in 1888 when a request was sent to the provincial government in Victoria for land in the Hastings Townsite for a new park. East Park was granted for the City to use as “recreational and enjoyment” of the public.

1889 – Recorded the first thoroughbred race staged in Vancouver down the middle of what was to become Howe Street.

1890 – The City received a request from a group of interested citizens for a small parcel of the new park for horse racing. The new track was intended to relocate the popular horse racing activities near Howe and Nelson, near the original Hotel Vancouver. 16 acres were leased to the newly formed British Columbia Jockey Club for their horse racing activities. The Jockey Club members were a who’s who of the early City; they included city council members, prominent business people, and even a former Lt. Governor of the province.

1892 – A racetrack had been built, and regular races were held.

1926 – Happyland (now Playland) opened on the site. The grounds were seconded for wartime mobilization, parades, and patriotic gatherings during World War I and II.

1939 – July 1, 1939, marked the first time thoroughbred racing used an electric starting gate, the invention of Texan Clay Puett.

1942 – Large section of Hastings Park was used to detain over 8000 Japanese Canadians before they were sent to internment camps and work camps. The VEA, later named Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), was operated as a Provincial Crown Corporation (1973-2003) and leased a portion of the Hastings Park site from the City. In the same year, all racing from the two other tracks in the Vancouver area, Brighouse and Lansdowne, were transferred to Hastings racecourse due to wartime gas rationing.

1950’s – The demolition of the PNE’s original Giant Dipper rollercoaster resulted the expansion of the racing oval to its current five-eighths mile.

1965 – A 5,000-seat grandstand was built, and the north end was leveled. In the same year, new grandstands were added.

1968 – The installation of lights and the beginning of the night racing.

1976 – The grandstand was further expanded.

1993 – When the government did not renew its lease. The New Democratic Party (NDP) government introduced a new racing act that created the Pacific Racing Association (PRA) to operate Hastings Park racecourse.

2002 – The PRA soon found itself in a cash crunch, and racing in the province was in a downward spiral. Woodbine Entertainment Group subsequently took over operations of Hastings Park Racecourse on April 30, 2002.

2004 – In March 2004, Great Canadian Casinos and Wall Financial Corporation, representing local ownership, agreed to acquire Hastings Entertainment Inc. and assumed operations control on April 8, 2004.

2011 – The racetrack was almost to its end when it had low profits from wagering revenue, and Slots had difficulty reaching an agreeable new lease with the City on May 18, 2011. Fortunately, negotiations have been made for the survival of the track.

2012 – International headlines boosted the track when little-known Mexican-born jockey Mario Gutierrez won the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby, and the Preakness Stakes aboard I’ll Have Another.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

    • The distance from the last turn to the finish line is 513 feet.

Other Facilities


Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

Hastings Race Schedule

Major Events and Races

Notable Races

Stakes Races

Location and Access to the Racecourse


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