Smoke from wildfires spreading up the west coast of the United States has led to some parts of Canada coming under air quality warnings as smoke travels north of the border. Hastings Racecourse had to cancel its Sept. 13 card of racing due to the poor air quality.
CTV news reported, “Environment Canada issued an air quality advisory for much of southern British Columbia Friday as multiple cities reached air quality levels high enough to pose health risks. The warning was extended to include Metro Vancouver Saturday due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon.”
Training at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver was cancelled Sunday morning, Sept. 13 and by noon Pacific time the decision was made to cancel the day’s card of racing.
The entire Sunday’s races have been moved to Thursday post 3pm. Hastings has agreed to extend the meet by one race day ending now on Thursday October 1, to make up for the lost date.