Category Archives: ASD History

Miko Siah Seeks to be Remembered

[caption id="attachment_15957" align="alignright" width="1000"] Miko Siah winning in Edmonton. July 22, 1950[/caption] by Bob Gates Who was Miko Siah? Equibase stats have the multiple stakes-placed stallion with $10,892 in career earnings from 74 starts. He compiled a record of 8 wins, 10 seconds and 13 thirds from 1948 to 1956. Respectable considering his level of…
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Remembering Dick Armstrong and His Family’s Home Away From Home

[caption id="attachment_15853" align="alignright" width="1000"] Fire N Desire wins 1969 Manitoba Derby. Dick Armstrong up.[/caption] by Bob Gates Let's celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, shall we? This year marks the 60th anniversary of jockey George Richard "Dickie" Armstrong's first leading-rider title (1962) at Assiniboia Downs. The Maple Creek, Saskatchewan native would go on to top the Downs…
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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 you've grown accustomed to. What we have this week is an…
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Downs Honors Contributions of Manitoba Duo with Hall of Fame Nominations

[caption id="attachment_15541" align="alignright" width="1000"] Late MJC Chairman Harvey Warner in one of his favourite places at Assiniboia Downs. (Winnipeg Free Press photo)[/caption] by Bob Gates R. James Speers and "Bobby" Summers are getting awful lonely over at 145 Pacific Avenue, home of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF). This past March, Assiniboia Downs took…
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M&M’s: Sweet Treats for the Soul

[caption id="attachment_15472" align="alignright" width="1000"] Coherence. August 29, 1959. Trainer Gary Danelson's first win.[/caption] 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…
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A Toast: To the Dearly Departed and Season #65!

[caption id="attachment_15213" align="alignright" width="1000"] Season #65 at ASD kicks off on May 31 at 7:30 p.m.[/caption] by Bob Gates How about a game of "Jeopardy," Assiniboia Downs style? Answer: September 16, 2021, to May 30, 2022. Question: What is the "off season" for the 2021 - 2022 Downs race meets? In case you're wondering that's…
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A Salute to Assiniboia Downs

[caption id="attachment_14112" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The 2021 season at ASD is nearing the finish line.[/caption] by Bob Gates "The time has come," the Walrus said,                       "To talk of many things:                       Of shoes - and ships - and sealing-wax -                       Of cabbages and kings -                       And why the sea is boiling hot -…
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Celebrating 64 Years of the Gold Cup

  [caption id="attachment_14051" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Pool to Market sets new track record in 1967 Gold Cup at Assiniboia Downs[/caption] by Bob Gates One of the many challenges facing Jack Hardy when he opened Assiniboia Downs in 1958 was to establish races that would grow into annual contests steeped in tradition. In the first year of…
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Tommy & Wayne Elias, the father and son team behind Question Mark Farm

[caption id="attachment_13988" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Never A Question wins at ASD on August 14, 1967.[/caption] by Bob Gates For those of us who go back far enough, few would debate that Question Mark Farm was one of the more iconic stable names to have ever graced a barn at Assiniboia Downs. Owner, trainer, breeder and Master…
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