The day that shaped the face of Assiniboia Downs, September 25, 1957

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If it is possible to single out a date that marked the “birth” of Assiniboia Downs, Wednesday September 25, 1957 would be that day. On that historic Wednesday Jack Hardy, President of James Enterprises Ltd. announced the appointment of Alexander Gardner “Scotty” Kennedy to the post of General Manager of the “new” Assiniboia Downs. Looking […]

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Bobby Q, The Horse that Jack Built

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by Bob This week’s image in our historical rear view mirror belongs to Bobby Q and veteran horseman Jack Robertson from Amaranth, Manitoba. Bobby Q first popped up on the radar screen with his performance in the 10th running of the Minnesota Derby in 1983. Sent postward at 16-1 he persevered in quarters so tight […]

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Mellow moments and memories of Albert and Eileen Blake

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by Bob This past Sunday I woke up early, very early, and poured myself a coffee. I retreated to our deck to enjoy the morning sunrise. The only other living creatures awake at that time were a few chirping song birds. The air was still and all was calm as I fell into a trance-like […]

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Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays! Wife, daughter, cat and the other woman!

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by Bob The month of June has special significance for me. Four of the most important women in my life celebrate birthdays in the month of “leaves and roses,” my wife, Kathy, our daughter, Deena, the cat, Kopy Kat and the “other” woman in my life.  Yes, you heard it right, the other woman. This […]

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Remembering Jim Sorenson, record-setting mystery man

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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 Minnesota. On this evening Sorenson hit the […]

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Raymond Stewart, The Pride of Gladstone — Reflections on a Life Well-Lived!

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by Bob It’s been more than 75 years since Ray Stewart scored his first win as a jockey on the old western prairie circuit. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with the 93-year-old Stewart and reminisce about his horse racing past at his home in Brandon where he lives with his son Melvin. […]

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Dude, Where’s My Car? At Assiniboia Downs!

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by Bob Ashton Kucher’s 2000 comedy film was set in the ’60s when he “lost” his car in the Downs’ parking lot? Uhm… No! But, in the early days of Assiniboia Downs there were always large crowds and that meant cars, hundreds of cars, and a parking lot that was busting at the seams. At […]

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Racing Through Time at Assiniboia Downs – The Display

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by Bob If you haven’t already noticed, Assiniboia Downs has gone to great lengths to make available to its patrons a historical display that commemorates more than a century of horse racing in Winnipeg. The display’s name “Racing Through Time.” Located just inside the front doors to the grandstand where the old turnstiles once stood […]

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ASD Opening Day 2015! How about a little history!

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by Bob Season #58 is upon us and our majestic four-legged friends go to post this Sunday, May 10th at 1:30. It’s Mother’s Day of course, and as has become a tradition, the Downs kicks off the 2015 race meet on the day we honour the woman who is at the core of the family […]

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Curtain drops on live “Season of Promise”

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by Bob The horse population wasn’t what we had hoped, and as a result we saw shorter fields, but the season still featured some fantastic highlights. On the female side of the ledger Go Go Lolo proved herself to be superior. And how about Balooga Bull! What can you say about the “Bull” that hasn’t already […]

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