While responding to a Twitter user, Todd explained that the only coverage at the moment for Hastings Racecourse, in terms of news and press releases, was through Derby Bar & Grill at Derbybarandgrill.com
The races will be run on weekdays rather than on a weekend card.
"Many people have asked why Mondays and Tuesdays and why 5:00 pm. Those days were chosen as our only source of revenue currently is HPIbet and only one Teletheatre open which is the Derby Bar and Grill", Todd explained.
"Our sources of income before the Covid-19 hit us was Hastings and Fraser Downs Casinos which were our largest source of income. As we all know its going to be a while before we see a reopening of the Casinos in BC. Also there are 16 OTB's sites (Off Track Betting) of which only one is open, hopefully in the near future we will see a return of those facilities opening which is also a large source of our income.
"The associations carefully searched the racing schedules across North America and Mondays and Tuesdays at 5:00pm currently has the least amount of competition for the wagering dollar. All seven races on today's card are being carried by TVG, America's largest live TV racing network. This the first time TVG is carrying all of our races and that alone should increase our handle. Of course those with Bell Satellite TV can pick up all of the today's program and HPIbet who also handles all of our wagering in Canada as well as a live feed."
TVG Network covers over one hundred tracks. One is the prominent North American "Woodbine Racetrack", located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
But as a result of the Provincial State of Emergency, declared by the Government of Ontario on April 7th, 2021, the stay-at-home order affected Woodbine Racetrack enough to warrant the postponement of their 2021 Thoroughbred meet. Thus, Hasting Racecourse is currently the only racetrack in Canada in operation.
"The Horsemen's Associations and Hastings Racecourse have worked together to increase our on site production and we are have much improved signal for 2021 as we are now all digital – something that has been needed for years." Todd said.
Source: Canadian Thoroughbred, Twitter