Peguis First Nation – Manitoba Jockey Club Announces Joint Venture

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3975 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3K 2E9 Phone: (204) 885-3330 Fax: (204) 831-5348 Email: info@fndevelopments.ca Peguis First Nation – Manitoba Jockey Club Announces Joint Venture For Immediate Release  December 19, 2013 Winnipeg, MB — Assiniboia Downs is being revitalized courtesy of a joint venture partnership between Peguis First Nation and the Manitoba Jockey Club. […]

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Manitoba proud Goldencents makes championship bid in New York Saturday, his mother’s Manitoba breeder to be honoured at ASD

Goldencents wins 2013 Breeders' Cup Mile

  The world champion colt with Manitoba breeding, Goldencents, is pointed to a race this Saturday, Nov. 27 that could solidify his chances of being named the top 3-year-old male of the year. Fresh from winning the world championship $1 million Breeders’ Cup Mile a month ago in California, Goldencents is entered in the $500,000 Cigar […]

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Manitoba pride soars as Goldencents triumphs in Breeders’ Cup World Championships

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  Chalk up a historic “golden” moment for Manitoba on the world stage of horse racing. Goldencents, the 3-year-old colt born to Assiniboia Downs mare Golden Works, crushed 10 rivals in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 last Friday in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita. In the process, he became a […]

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A Total Eclipse of the (Gerry) Hart? No.

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  by Bob Track photographer Gerry Hart retiring? No, but while this may not be Gerry’s final season at the Downs, it will probably be the last year that he operates on his own. Maybe we should think of his work cut-back as more of a “partial eclipse.” Gerry has been our photo guy for the […]

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Uene, Solid Gold in 88

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  by Bob Uene was one of those special horses that left his hoofprints on the heart of Assiniboia Downs even though he only raced at our local oval for two short seasons. How does something like that happen? First of all, he came to the Downs with plenty of ability. Secondly, the 6-year-old stallion was […]

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Psst, Hey Mister, Wanna Buy a Horse?

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  by Bob The story of Omar’s Gift is the stuff that legends are made of! There was a time when most everyone knew the story of Omar’s Gift, but not so much any more, and as your historian, that’s where I come in, to make sure that legendary tales like this one are not forgotten, […]

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Remembering Admiration, the Runner from Down Under

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  by Bob Today we remember an Aussie lass whose looks were nothing special, but could she run! Admiration was a bay mare owned by K5 Stables. Actually at that time it was still the K4 Stables that ran at the Downs from 1980 to 1983. K-Tel founder Phil Kives purchased Admiration for $12,000 at a […]

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The Osiris Stakes – Fabulous 50 and Counting!

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  by Bob So what do an Egyptian God and a horse named Papyrus have to do with our Osiris Stakes? According to Egyptian mythology, “Osiris” is the name given to the god of the afterlife. It is also the name of a racehorse that was foaled in England in 1926.  Osiris, the horse that is, […]

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Was Liz’s Pride the best filly or mare ever to race at Assiniboia Downs?

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  The “Pride” of Stoneacres Farm was one flashy filly! by Bob Who was the greatest filly or mare to ever race at the Downs? Questions like this are fun. They inspire debate and good-natured banter, and let’s face it; there just isn’t a “right” answer. Essentially we all start with a pool of logical choices […]

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Joseph Nandor Selyem, A Man For All Horses

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  Not a horse was born that he wouldn’t ride! by Bob Perhaps legendary Downs’ trainer, the late Don Gray, described him best when he said: “He is outstanding on horses that are a little erratic or nervous. He’s always shown ability. He’s a really strong finisher. He really flattens out on a horse. And he’ll […]

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