Category Archives: ASD History

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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Lawrence Greenberg: Master of Big Boy Stable

[caption id="attachment_13854" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Beausejour Boy and Lawrence Greenberg in 1978.[/caption] by Bob Gates "Lawrence was bigger than life. He was what I pictured a big owner to look like, just the way he carried himself. The stable name suited him to a tee." -- Irwin Driedger on Lawrence Greenberg You hear phrases like "bigger…
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Carl Norman Anderson. Old School Professional Horseman. 

[caption id="attachment_13802" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] One of Carl Anderson's four Gold Cup wins at ASD. Secret Cipher. August 28, 1983.[/caption] by Bob Gates Carl Anderson was only 13 years old when Assiniboia Downs opened in 1958, but it didn't take him long to find his way to the Portage Avenue track. Right from the "get-go" young…
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1998 Manitoba Derby: A Milestone Event 

by Bob Gates The historic Manitoba Derby is a treasure-trove of milestones. The 2021 edition will be yet another in the storied legends that contribute to its mystique. This season's Derby will take place with a tarmac filled to capacity with anxious spectators after a one-year covid-induced "no fans in the stands" hiatus. Let's begin…
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Tommy Stadnyk – The kid from Winnipeg’s North End that done good, real good. 

[caption id="attachment_13676" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Bocage wins Manitoban Handicap at ASD. July 28, 1962. Tommy Stadnyk up. Mrs. Jack Hardy on the right. Mrs. John McDiarmid, wife of former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, on left.[/caption] by Bob Gates Jockey Tommy Stadnyk "… has broken his legs twice, has broken both wrists, his collarbone 'many times' and…
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Walter Brian Hutcheon – The Legend that is “Hutch”

[caption id="attachment_13630" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Victor's Pride wins record 4th straight Agassiz Stakes for "Hutch" in 1979.[/caption] by Bob Gates "Long time horseman, Walter Brian Hutcheon, better known as “Hutch” at Assiniboia Downs, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Winnipeg on September 2, 2001. He was 59." ~ George Williams, Manitoba Thoroughbred…
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Tom’s Triactor – Family, Horses and Golf

[caption id="attachment_13567" align="alignleft" width="1000"] Trainer Tom Dodds wins the 1994 Manitoba Derby with P. C.'s Bluff.[/caption] by Bob Gates After researching 50 years of newspaper articles and the like, you'd really think there would be a captivating headline regarding a Derby or an award-winning horse that would stand out over all others. No sir! Oh,…
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