The expression "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" is invaluable advice, especially when the horse is running at you at full gallop. Admire these majestic creatures from a safe and comfortable distance with today's Groupon to Hastings Racecourse. Choose between two options:
For $25, you get a private box seat experience that includes seating for up to six, a $10 food and beverage voucher, and up to six programs (up to a $53 total value).
For $35, you get a Silks Friday Night Live package for two that includes a buffet, programs, and cover charge (a $69.90 total value) on select Friday nights.
Hastings Racecourse enthralls horseracing fans with live and simulcast video racing in a relaxing pub setting, box seats, or an overlooking restaurant. The private box seat experience includes private box seats for up to six people (a $25 value) a $10 food and beverage voucher, and programs for up to six (a $18 value). Spectators nosh on food from one of six dining venues while studying the programs to get info on the horses in each race, including recent stats, starting odds, and Twitter handles. Choose from assorted appetizers such as the yam fries with chipotle aioli ($9), or the barbecue pulled pork pretzel sliders ($10) from the a la carte menu at the racecourse. Check out the schedule for racing times.
The Friday Night Live package for two ($5 cover charge each included) starts with an evening buffet at Silks (a $53.90 value) at 6 p.m. as the horses warm up for the races with lap work and equine Pilates. Patrons pregame on a rotating selection of Pacific Northwest specialties and peruse their programs (a $6 value) until racing kicks off at 7 p.m. Between races, a DJ on the tarmac and jockeys performing kabuki theatre keep fans entertained, as do extra food and drink specials.
Those inspired to place bets but are unsure of the lingo can check Hastings' new to wagering racing page, tutoring the basics of wagering (there is a $2 minimum bet should you choose to wager, not included with the Groupon), payoffs, interpreting odds, and how to say “trifecta” without calling attention to oneself. Further diversion awaits on the gaming floor with more than 600 slot machines.
The same course that hosted some of Vancouver’s first horse-racing events in the 1890s today boasts such luxury amenities as a casino, lounge, and upscale dining options for attendees who file into the tiered grandstand. Hastings Racecourse fuels racing festivities with a slew of concession stands and five different dining spots, including Silks restaurant—known for its buffets and 9-inch table monitors. Lady Luck strolls through the gaming-floor area, passing by more than 600 slot machines before arriving in the lounge. Hastings Racecourse is also the home of Mario Gutiérrez, the winner of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.