The Stories We Leave Behind

The Stories We Leave Behind

By Track Historian Bob Gates Have you ever wondered what inspires these stories from our racing’s past, a song, a smell, or perhaps even a line from a movie?  This time around it’s a quote from the CBS television series NCIS. “We all die twice. Once when our bodies...

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They’re Baaack!

They’re Baaack!

By Track Historian Bob Gates The 150th Running of the Kentucky Derby – check. Mothers’ Day Brunch at the Downs – check.  So now you know live racing at our Portage Avenue track is just around the corner. Throw in a surprise telephone call from long-since retired...

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Past, Present and Future

Past, Present and Future

by Bob Gates The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.  -– Thomas S. Monson It’s been three and a half months since starter Derek Corbel sent the first field of horses on there way to kick-off the Downs 2023...

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The Room

The Room

by Bob Gates Deep within the confines of the north end of the Assiniboia Downs grandstand on the lower level is a restricted area where only jockeys, valets and officials are allowed. Of course, this is “The Room,” the place jockeys call home. Thoughts on the Room:...

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Derby Wrap-Up and a Historical Potpourri

Derby Wrap-Up and a Historical Potpourri

by Bob Gates Wasn’t that a Derby! A record-breaking $3,708,804 was wagered on Manitoba’s most prestigious race, making the historic 75th running of the Manitoba Derby the largest Derby Day handle, bettering last year’s mark of $3,523,260. Congratulations to winner...

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