Sunday, September 9th marked the 67th running of the BC Derby at Hastings Racecourse and to the 15,000 plus on hand it was an event to be seen. The BC Derby which acts as the SuperBowl of Horse Racing in the Province of British Columbia has seen its number of attendees multiply year after year and this past Sunday was no different. Hastings Racecourse, which has positioned itself as a place to be seen amongst the in-the-know has labeled its venue as the “Biggest Patio Party in BC”. With events like the BC Cup, BC Derby and the popular Friday Night Live racing, Hastings Racecourse has reestablished buzz and excitement to the long standing sport.
For those on-hand Sunday, they were prelude to many of the modernizations surrounding this event. One of those innovations was the addition of the first annual BC’s Best Dressed Event. Over 100 entrants took part in entering the contest and all made sure to wear their Derby Finest in hopes of winning this prestigious title. The ladies draped in stylish sun dresses accentuated by fascinators and large exaggerated sun hats have become the style amongst the female visitors to the track; while the men sport the finest three piece suits or slacks drawn by a good old-fashioned pair of suspenders.
The ten chosen finalists were on hand in the Winner’s Circle prior to the big race at Hastings to showcase their attire in front of the entire crowd while the celebrity judges determined the inaugural winners. Many took part but only two (one male, one female) could be bestowed with the honour of BC’s Best Dressed. The event generated quite the buzz as the winners received not only the title of Best Dressed but also with a shopping spree courtesy of Metropolis at Metrotown. The honour of being labeled top fashionista may again have to wait until the 68th running of the BC Derby next summer but the excitement of fashion and sport continues every Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 1:50pm live at Hastings Racecourse.