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“Winningest” Jockeys of Assiniboia Downs

“Winningest” Jockeys of Assiniboia Downs

by Track Historian Bob Gates Let’s go for a walk and retrace the steps of jockeys that the newspaper scribes once called the “winningest” riders in the history of Assiniboia Downs. “Winningest” is an awkward term and not one you hear much anymore.  So let’s go with...

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...

The Great Cull of ’62

The Great Cull of ’62

by Bob Gates "Cull - to remove an inferior animal from a herd." The definition sounds sad, doesn't it? However, following Assiniboia Downs' 1962 race meet that is exactly what took place at the 6 ½-furlong oval on the edge of Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway. The goal of...

The Golden Age of Horse Racing

The Golden Age of Horse Racing

by Bob Gates The 1970s were a special time for the Sport of Kings. The decade bragged of its three Triple Crown winners Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978). Secretariat's sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes ended a 25-year...

The Greatest Race That Never Was

The Greatest Race That Never Was

by Bob Gates For as long as most of us can remember, the first Saturday in May is reserved for the Kentucky Derby, but not this year. The "Run for the Roses" was rescheduled to the fall because of COVID-19. You just knew NBC wasn't going to let an opportunity like...

That’s a wrap!  Season #59 at ASD draws to a close

That’s a wrap! Season #59 at ASD draws to a close

by Bob Gates This week we put the finishing touches on Season #59 at Assiniboia Downs with a weekend featuring five stake races. The Winnipeg Futurity and Matron kick things off on Friday. Saturday night sees the Sifton and Gold Cup, and the season wraps up with the...