Bobby Stewart

Wondrous Wednesday – Oh What a Night!

Wondrous Wednesday – Oh What a Night!

  by Bob Gates Isn't it sweet when everything clicks and you can do no wrong? Well, Assiniboia Downs can boast of at least five jockeys who experienced a rare combination of skill, luck and whatever else is required to achieve an evening of greatness. This week...

American Pharoah’s Halter, Mission (Almost) Impossible

American Pharoah’s Halter, Mission (Almost) Impossible

by Bob Gates By now we all know the background story that resulted in the acquisition of the prized American Pharoah halter which in addition to other racing memorabilia, was sold at auction last August in aid of the Alyssa Selman Fund. What you probably don’t know is...

Remembering Jim Sorenson, record-setting mystery man

Remembering Jim Sorenson, record-setting mystery man

by Bob It's been almost 40 years since 22-year-old Jimmy Sorenson lit up the tote board under a star-lit sky at Assiniboia Downs. Patrons in attendance on the evening of Wednesday, June 23, 1976 will not soon forget the riding exhibition put on by the young man from...

Pool to Market and Bobby Stewart, magic in the 1967 Gold Cup

Pool to Market and Bobby Stewart, magic in the 1967 Gold Cup

by Bob On August 5, 1967 the stars above Assiniboia Downs aligned perfectly for rider Robert Roy "Bobby" Stewart and his chestnut charge Pool to Market, and the pair put on a fabulous show for the 5,000-plus patrons that filed into the track that evening. The closest...

Dynamic duo dominated rider standings at Downs for 10 years

  Bobby Stewart and Dick Armstrong had different styles, but got similar results. They won. by Bob From 1962 to 1972, two jockeys dominated the leading rider standings at Assiniboia Downs. In that 11-year period George Richard “Dickie” Armstrong and Robert Roy...