Month: June 2016

Field of Dreams brought it all in 1977 Polo Park Handicap

Field of Dreams brought it all in 1977 Polo Park Handicap

by Bob Gates Sunraysed, Taboga, Persian Memories, Victor's Pride, Merry's Jay, Federal Ruler, Icy Welcome and Island Fling. What links these former equine stars who called Assiniboia Downs home during the 1970s? Well, this is one of the many "dream" fields that took...

The Legend of the Whittier Park Clocker

The Legend of the Whittier Park Clocker

by Bob Gates At first glance you might think this is the story of some curmudgeonly, 60-something lifetime racetracker who was hanging on to the sport he loved and lived in the only way he could - timing the morning workouts of thoroughbreds at old Whittier Park race...

Memories of Vicki Warhol-Essman, thanks Social Media!

Memories of Vicki Warhol-Essman, thanks Social Media!

by Bob Gates I'm not a huge fan of social media. I don't Tweet and couldn't tell you a thing about Instagram. I am on Facebook, and as a guilty pleasure you might catch me watching cute cat videos on YouTube, but that's about it. This past week I learned via Facebook...

And the Oscar goes to…

And the Oscar goes to…

by Bob Gates It's Oscar time folks and this week we recognize some of Assiniboia Downs' finest equine performances. Who in their right mind would even attempt to cross this minefield? Yours truly of course, and why not? I've never claimed to be of sound mind, or body...