Monthly Archives: July 2013

Cecil James Filby – Extraordinarily Ordinary Man

by Bob Anyone who has been around the Downs for a while has likely heard of Cecil Filby, and as our Manitoba Derby fast approaches some may wonder why I selected him for this week’s remembrance. Was it for his accomplishments in our prestigious Derby? Was it for his life-long achievements at the Downs? No.…
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A look at the weekend’s 2-year-old races at ASD

  [caption id="attachment_2573" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Janine Smith winning the final leg of the ASD Pick-4 on Wednesday aboard Got Zip. The pool was over $29,000! A $2 ticket paid $736.90."][/caption] Rob's ASD Pick and Analysis for the July 26 weekend by Rob This weekend of racing features three races restricted to Manitoba-bred 2-year-olds. On paper…
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ASD Pick-4 pool could reach $30,000 tonight

  [caption id="attachment_2563" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Janine Smith and Just Add Salt after winning the Gold Strike Mile."][/caption] $6,223 carryover could result in lucrative payoff A total of $6,223 will be carried over into the 15% ASD Pick-4 tonight and the pool could be close to $30,000 at post time if the last Pick-4 carryover is…
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15 minutes with Smoky Cinder

  [caption id="attachment_2536" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Smoky Cinder in 1999."][/caption] Competitive fires still burning in local living legend by Bob Who knew? Downs’ legendary graded stakes-placed and multiple stakes winner Smoky Cinder, a grandson of the mighty Northern Dancer, is alive and well at 20! One night at the track I approached the man who used…
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Rob’s take on Saratoga and Del Mar, Weekend ASD Picks and Longshots

  Del Mar and Saratoga can be lucrative with a little extra homework by Rob This week kicks off the seven week journeys that are Saratoga and Del Mar, arguably the two most popular race meets in North America. The attendance and handle at these meets is staggering, and they draw the best horses, trainers…
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Merry’s Jay: Lord of Avondale and the Toast of Manitoba

  [caption id="attachment_2513" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Merry's Jay wins 1976 Manitoba Derby."][/caption] First Manitoba-bred ever to win the Manitoba Derby by Bob In 1976 Merry’s Jay won the Harry Jeffrey Stakes. Eight days later he became the first Manitoba-bred ever to win our own Manitoba Derby. Only two other horses have won the Harry Jeffrey Stakes…
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A Girl’s Gotta Do does just that in $50,000 R.C. Anderson Stakes at ASD

  [caption id="attachment_2472" align="alignright" width="270" caption="A Girl's Gotta Do powers away from R. C. Anderson field."][/caption] $4,482 Manitoba-bred yearling powers away from field for Last Call Stable by George Last Call Stable’s A Girl’s Gotta Do powered away in the stretch to win the $50,000 R.C. Anderson Stakes by 9 ¾-lengths on Saturday night at…
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Manitoba Lotteries Derby weekend stakes shaping up perfectly for fans and bettors

  [caption id="attachment_2464" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Possible Manitoba Lotteries Derby favourite Stormin Monarcho"][/caption] Rob's Picks and Analysis for July 12, 13, Preview of Derby weekend stakes by Rob I’m going to spend the next few paragraphs dealing with “what ifs” and speculating on things that could happen three weeks down the road on Manitoba Lotteries Derby…
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Body Works, Super Filly and Grandam to a Champion!

  [caption id="attachment_2436" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Body Works wins 1992 R.C. Anderson."][/caption] High class Manitoba thoroughbred family resulted in Santa Anita Derby-G1 winner by Bob In 1992 local legendary trainer, the late Don Gray, described 3-year-old Body Works as the best filly he had ever trained. That’s about as high praise as you can get around…
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Pleasant Closing outgames Gotatigerbythetail to win Wheat City, Balooga Bull fourth

  [caption id="attachment_2423" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Jockey Tyrone Nelson has big smile after Wheat City win aboard Pleasant Closing."][/caption] Balooga Bull uncharacteristically lacks response after half mile in 48 by George Pleasant Closing dug deep in the drive to defeat Gotatigerbythetail by a neck in the $30,000 Wheat City at ASD on Saturday night, while favoured…
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