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Dean Kutz: Two-Time Downs Leading Rider Defied the Odds!

Dean Kutz: Two-Time Downs Leading Rider Defied the Odds!

by Bob Gates Like a lot of others, jockey Dean W. Kutz got his start at country fairs and riding in the bushes. However, unlike other saddlesmiths, Kutz battled the odds just to get his shot at sitting atop thousand-pound thoroughbreds. Dean was born in Harvey, North...

The Ragens: Born Into Racing

The Ragens: Born Into Racing

by Bob Gates The Ragens were a multi-generational horse racing family with its roots in Ireland. Edward Michael Ragen was one of the original grand old men of racing. “Eddie” spent more than 70 years racing thoroughbreds, until an injury from a 1981 fall forced him...

Footprints, Hoofprints & Milestones at ASD

Footprints, Hoofprints & Milestones at ASD

by Bob Gates Can you believe that come opening day, Monday May 22, 235 days will have passed since our four-legged athletes were called to the post here at the Downs last September 28. So, who’s ready for some live racing! If your keeping track, 2023 will be season...

Eddie Werre Jr. Journeyman Jock From Ashley, North Dakota

Eddie Werre Jr. Journeyman Jock From Ashley, North Dakota

by Bob Gates Werre? There has to be some of you wondering who Ed Werre is and what's so special about him? This is another one of those blogs where our person of interest represents a number of -- in this case -- riders who have spent a good portion of their lives at...

Assiniboia Downs: Eight Decades and Counting

Assiniboia Downs: Eight Decades and Counting

by Bob Gates "And Now for Something Completely Different" was a catchphrase from the British television comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus, and it just happens to be perfect for this week's blog. This isn't your typical history story, at least it's not what...

M&M’s: Sweet Treats for the Soul

M&M’s: Sweet Treats for the Soul

by Bob Gates Well, now that we have a couple of days of racing under our belt, let's celebrate with some M&M's. Nope, not the multi-coloured, button-shaped chocolates which are the flagship product of Mars, Incorporated. We're talking about milestones and memories...

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...