04 September 2010

Hastings Park

No. 9463 - 14 Aug 2010 - 15:06:07




Gastown, Vancouver

During a recent and first-time visit to Hastings Park Racecourse I was more bedazzled by the running of the mascots than of the thoroughbreds. Why is it funny when a mascot falls over? Perhaps because the whole exercise is so silly and the dehumanization is cushioned by a bulky costume that both disguises and protects. We are more worried that the amusingly employed individual is overheating on a hot summer day.

The two week-long Pacific National Exhibition,which is held in Hastings Park, is over at weekend's end when the racing schedule goes into autumnal denouement.

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