Thursday, November 16, 2017

Assiniboia Downs The Insider E-Newsletter

Vol. 12 No. 43 (Issue #612)

By Ivan Bigg


Weekly Horseplayer Report and Fun Stuff

(If this column looks askew in your email, click here for an online version.)

Ivan is on holidays
His regular column will return Thursday, Nov. 30


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5-ALIVE CONTEST CONTINUES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Bet three show horses, a place horse and a winner in three consecutive races—from $2 to $10 per race—to win double your bets if all five of your wagers are successful. Pick your track and races between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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Enjoy Chef Gerry's all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet tonight. Reserve by calling Samantha at 204-885-3330 ext. 0

Want highlights for the next 10 days? Click calendar.
What tracks are running in November? Find out here.
What are today’s $$$ carryovers? See them here.
Want to follow sports in the Race Book? Jets

FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS : Free VLT tournaments starting at 8 p.m. Get into the draw for 10 chances to win $20 in free VLT spins. Top winner from each night participates in a month-end finale for more spins and $250 in prize money.

EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT: $10 buy-in poker. Registration 8 p.m. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. Royal Flush progressive jackpot is at $2,750! See poker game details here.

2018 LIVE RACING SCHEDULE RELEASED: See it here. (Why do you suppose racing takes place at night on Canada Day? Hint: The reason is explosive—and very colourful!)

Tips ’n’ Tricks

with Marshall Posner

Q. How do I use the new My Stable system in HPIbet?

A. I’ve been waiting for over a year to explain this exciting new functionality that HPIbet launched this week. Here’s what you need to know to start tracking horses that you want to bet next time they race. In summary, My Stable is designed to provide custom alerts that notify you when your favourite horse, jockey, driver and/or trainer is racing next and then send you their results. You can customize which alerts you want to be notified for and you’ll be sent an email.

To get started, simply click on any horse’s name from the Race Entries section. Then, click on the bell icon next to the horse’s name (view image here). This will extend the screen below and provide you with the option to select which alerts you want to be notified about – entry, race and/or results (view image here). Once finished, you can simply close the window.

To view your current stable list, click on the MY HPIBET menu along the top of the window and select My Stable (view image here). You can toggle between horses, jockeys/drivers and trainers using the tabs in the middle of the screen. You should also confirm that the email address you’re using for HPIbet is current to ensure that you’ll receive the notifications being sent. Click on the Configure Email Delivery gear icon to verify your settings (view image here). This brings you to a page titled Site Preferences. Go down to the ALERT DELIVERY section and make sure that your email address is current and that you have turned the button along the right hand side to ON (view image here).

One more added feature is My Racing Alerts. This allows you stay informed about every large carryover pool. Just set the pool threshold that you want (for example, minimum $5,000) and HPIbet will alert you when your thresholds have been met or exceeded (view image here).

Got a question for Marshall? Email



Blind child prodigy

Nephew of horseplayer/art deal David Loch is honoured by the Vatican

Blind Ethan Loch at piano (Inset: Uncle David Loch)

David Loch is best known in Winnipeg as the art dealer who patriated the Winnie the Pooh “Honey Pot” painting to the city from an auction in England. And Insider readers should know him as the astute handicapper who had a “perfect” day playing Gulfstream last year, winning every pick-3, pick-4 and the Rainbow pick-6 for a total pickup of $50,000. And he won a $125,000 pick-6 pool at Santa Anita last fall, too. 

Now know David as the uncle of a blind child prodigy, Ethan Loch, 12, a virtuoso pianist who was recently honoured by the Vatican, no less, for his exceptional talent and his inspiration to others. 

“People were in tears,” 
David told The Insider. David was in the audience when his nephew, from Edinburgh, Scotland, received the annual International Giuseppe Sciacca Award and played two songs on the piano to a standing ovation. You can watch the ceremony, young Ethan's touching acceptance speech and his artistry in two songs ON THIS VIDEO. (David can be seen on the extreme right in the video at 12:48 recording his nephew's performance on his smartphone.)

As you watch Ethan playing the well-known Clair de Lune, remember the boy has been blind since birth and obviously has never seen a sheet of music. No wonder tears were flowing and no wonder David is so proud of his nephew.


Did you know . . . that Speedy Zephyr, Overskate and Pool to Market only had one race apiece at Assiniboia Downs but all were track record setting performances? However, Pool to Market was the only non-Manitoba Derby horse to set a new 1 1/8-mile track record. Read more here.


  • Book the festive buffet
    Thursday, Dec. 21

    Wednesday, Nov. 22: Manitoba-bred super filly Escape Clause scheduled to race in the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks for 3-year-old fillies in Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Thursday, Nov. 23:  U.S. Thanksgiving which means great racing, early post times and all-day NFL action on Race Book TVs. And a free breakfast sandwich for early arrivals!
  • Saturday, Nov. 25: Player’s Choice horseplayer tournament from noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 25: Kentucky Derby prep race: the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs
  • Thursday, Dec. 14: Hanukkah Festival of Lights buffet $27.95. Reserve a table with Samantha at 204-885-3330 ext. 0
  • Thursday, Dec. 21: Festive buffet $27.95. Call Samantha above.
  • Sunday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve. Downs is open 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. for VLT play, turkey dinner and contest fun.
  • Monday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day. Downs is open 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. for VLT play, turkey dinner and contest fun.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Gala. Main Floor Ballroom. Hosted by 94.3 The Drive's Tom and Kerri. Tickets $49.95 (plus taxes & gratuities). Call Samantha at 204-885-3330.

NEXT INSIDER: Wednesday, Nov. 22 (the day before U.S. Thanksgiving)

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