Spruce Meadows lays out ambitious long-term vision

Spruce Meadows lays out ambitious long-term visionThe sprawling Spruce Meadows equestrian site has grandiose plans for the future, which could include a 12,000-seat stadium, an indoor field house and a boutique hotel. It’s all part of the facility’s 30-year area structure plan that received first reading at a recent Foothills County council meeting. “We author one every decade to try to…

Spruce Meadows an economic driver for Calgary

Spruce Meadows an economic driver for CalgaryThe annual Masters show jumping competition runs Sept. 4-8, 2019, at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. Ian Allison, v-p of Spruce Meadows talks about the economic impact on the city.  Contact us if you would like to appear as a guest on Calgary Business's Five Questions. Watch to our previous Five Questions videos. © Calgary's…

Major honour for jockey-turned-trainer Frank Barroby

And the voice of racing at Hastings Racecourse – Dan Jukich – enters the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Major honour for jockey-turned-trainer Frank BarrobyWhen jockey-turned-trainer Frank Barroby received news that he’d been named 2019 recipient of the prestigious Avelino Gomez Memorial Award, he thought they must have made a mistake. “Not the case at all,” said chairperson Tom Cosgrove from Toronto. “Frank once was the leading jockey in four provinces. He’s noted as a great trainer but he…

Stewards keep horse racing between clean and fair

‘Our failure to do our job well is just as serious as the act of a careless jockey’

Stewards keep horse racing between clean and fairThe recent disqualification of a horse at the Kentucky Derby has put new focus on race course stewards. After being involved in horse racing his entire life, Wayne Russell – senior steward at Hastings Racecourse, representing Gaming Policy and Entertainment Division of the B.C. Ministry of Finance – had an insider’s view. Russell announced his…

Vancouver owner’s horse to run in Preakness

‘Our horse has lots of natural speed so we’re either going to be in front or near the lead,” Peter Redekop says

Vancouver owner’s horse to run in PreaknessVancouver horse owner Peter Redekop’s top three-year-old Anothertwistafate has a good chance at winning the $1.5-million Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. Along with being seen by millions of viewers around the world, it will also be shown live at Vancouver’s Hastings Racecourse on the big infield screen and simulcast…

Video replay: is the solution worse than the crime?

We can't go back to spitballing the big calls. For the teams and the fans, too much depends on getting it right

Video replay: is the solution worse than the crime?Yogi Berra is notorious for saying “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Yogi was warning about jumping to conclusions in close contests. But he never foresaw a contest that never ended. For reference, consider the he 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. That race will probably never be over for those who participated in or…

Remembering the legacy of B.C. horse racing icon Richard Yates

Notes and quotes from Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver

Remembering the legacy of B.C. horse racing icon Richard YatesOwner, trainer and breeder Richard Yates was a go-to guy when it came to horse racing. Among his many achievements, he was extremely proud of the Hastings Racing Club in Vancouver that he helped form in 2015. On March 22, the racing community was hit by the sad news of Yates’s death from a massive…

In defence of sports greatness, from Justify to the Warriors

Why is greatness supposed to take a back seat to parity, the bastard child of bloated sports in North America?

In defence of sports greatness, from Justify to the WarriorsWatching the super horse Justify cruise to the Triple Crown on Saturday by winning the Belmont Stakes in New York City was a sublime moment for lovers of sports. The three-year-old became just the 13th horse in the modern history of American thoroughbred racing to win the three jewels of racing’s Triple Crown. In a…

What’s next for American superstar Arrogate in 2017?

Arrogate is likely to end his career as one of the most successful dirt horses in modern history

It’s been an incredible 12 months for the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate in horse racing, as the four-year-old has won three of the biggest prizes in the sport. The American-bred colt first rose to prominence when he caused a surprise last November by defeating California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in the…