April 26, 2014 4:51 pm

WATCH: B.C. celebrates 125th anniversary of horse racing

Watch: Hastings Racecourse Announcer Dan Jukich talks about the 125th anniversary

Sunday will mark the 125th anniversary of horse racing in British Columbia.

It also happens to be the opening of the 2014 thoroughbred season at Hastings Racecourse.

The first thoroughbred race staged in Vancouver was held in 1889 as part of the Vancouver City Stakes.

It was the first and the last time Howe Street was used as a racetrack.

Since then, horse racing has moved to Hastings East Park and since 1961, all thoroughbred racing in the Lower Mainland has been conducted at the venue.

This Sunday, an eight-race card featuring two $50,000 stakes – the George Royal and Brighouse Belles — will start at 1:50 p.m.

They are the first of 38 stakes this year with total purses totaling $2.5 million over the 51-day racing season.

Admission is free.


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