Yearly Archives: 2012

New VLTs at Assiniboia Downs!

The new VLTs are now online and available for play at Assiniboia Downs, and they fit in perfectly with the newly refurbished second-floor Clubhouse and Las Vegas-style Race Book! More of something for everyone, with numerous new flat-screen TVs for horseracing and sports fans, new carpeting and paint, stylish new wall features and custom lighting.…
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Rob’s Wrap – ASD 2012 Live Racing Season

[caption id="attachment_1680" align="alignright" width="270" caption="2012 ASD Champions! Leading Rider Paul Nolan and Leading Trainer Shelley Brown (right) with ASD VP of Finance and Gaming Sharon Gulyas."][/caption] by Rob The 2012 racing season drew to a close, leaving memories and moments that were incredibly exciting. Balooga Bull dominated over all comers, Portales nailed Tigger Town at…
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The Buffalo Stakes celebrates 50 years!

[caption id="attachment_1649" align="alignright" width="270" caption="2011 Buffalo Stakes winner Jon's Golden Run with trainer Emile Corbel, Rohan Singh up"][/caption] by Bob “The Buffalo” -- What a great name for a stakes race dedicated to Manitoba-breds! Is there a name that better represents our Province? This Sunday marks the 50th running of this prestigious race for the…
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Speed and class prevail in championship stakes at ASD

[caption id="attachment_1635" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Balooga Bull and groom Richard Spencer are all smiles after winning the 2012 Gold Cup at ASD."][/caption] by George There’s no question that the highlight of the past weekend at Assiniboia Downs was Balooga Bull demolishing his opposition in the 55th running of the $50,000 Gold Cup on Saturday night. The…
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Balooga Bull highlights Championship Weekend at ASD

[caption id="attachment_1623" align="alignright" width="270" caption=""You go this way an I'll go that way and I'll meet you at the finish." Crazy things can happen on Championship Weekend!"][/caption] by Rob The second last weekend of live racing will highlight four of the final five stakes races of the year. These four races will determine divisional honors…
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Remembering John W. Sifton, Master of Stoneacres Farm

[caption id="attachment_1609" align="alignright" width="270" caption="John and June Sifton with L'Inconnue at ASD, June, 28, 1967. Chas Billingsley up."][/caption] by Bob The 43rd running of the $50,000 J. W. Sifton Memorial for Manitoba-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings takes place this Friday at Assiniboia Downs. The race is named in honour of a very special "Manitoba" horseman…
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Chow boots home four longshots to force Pick-4 carryover of $5,184 into Wednesday, Nolan surges back into lead in rider standings

[caption id="attachment_1592" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Chavion Chow. All smiles after winning four races. On longshots!"][/caption] by George Young Jamaican jockey Chavion Chow booted home four longshot winners on Saturday night at the Downs to force a Pick-4 carryover of $5,184 carryover and Paul Nolan won four races the night before to take back the lead in…
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Workouts: Transferring morning glory to the Winner’s Circle

[caption id="attachment_1583" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Tannat. Sleeper in the Pick-5?"][/caption] by Rob Using workouts in your handicapping can help you to spot three types of horses ready to run well: first time starters, horses coming off a freshening and stakes horses. First time starters are working themselves into shape to run their first race, horses coming…
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The Gray Boys dominated the ASD trainer standings from 1970-80

[caption id="attachment_1562" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Don and Clayton Gray with Attractive Miss. Bobby Stewart up. July 24, 1962."][/caption] by Bob What more can be said about two men – brothers who dominated the leading trainer standings at Assiniboia Downs from 1970 to 1980? Clayton Gray won seven training titles (1970, 72, 73, 74, 76, 79, 80)…
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