Tag Archives: Emile Corbel

The Greatest Race That Never Was

[caption id="attachment_11846" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Man O' War. How good was he?[/caption] by Bob Gates For as long as most of us can remember, the first Saturday in May is reserved for the Kentucky Derby, but not this year. The "Run for the Roses" was rescheduled to the fall because of COVID-19. You just knew NBC…
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That’s a wrap! Season #59 at ASD draws to a close

[caption id="attachment_6304" align="alignright" width="780"] Mustard family celebrates a win on the latest date for the Downs ever to race on November 11, 1991.[/caption] by Bob Gates This week we put the finishing touches on Season #59 at Assiniboia Downs with a weekend featuring five stake races. The Winnipeg Futurity and Matron kick things off on…
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Larry Carter’s Elite Mercedes and Monsoon Rain were rare Downs’ Triple Crown winners

[caption id="attachment_3624" align="alignright" width="270"] Elite Mercedes wins Gold Cup. September 24, 2006.[/caption] by Bob The success that owner Larry Carter enjoyed with Elite Mercedes was unprecedented, but two short years later he further established himself as a dominant and influential force in the Downs' stakes schedule with Monsoon "The Machine" Rain. While the Downs has…
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Jet Again continues roll towards Manitoba Derby

[caption id="attachment_3517" align="alignright" width="270"] Jet Again surrounded by well wishers after Frank Arnason Sire Stakes win.[/caption] by George Jet Again continued his well-managed progression towards the $75,000 Manitoba Derby Friday night with an easy victory in the Frank Aranason Sire Stakes, Jennifer Reid scored a hat trick, and young couples came out in droves as…
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Nolan, Husbands and Danelson score Saturday night hat tricks at Downs

  [caption id="attachment_1969" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Chris Husbands wins 7th race aboard Blind Magic for trainer Chad Torevell. Pick-4 pays $3,316!"][/caption] Jockeys Paul Nolan, Chris Husbands and Trevor Simpson stole the show on Saturday night at the Downs with a pair of hat tricks and a double-ender that shut out all other riders. Veteran trainer Gary…
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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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Remembering “Woody” in the Free Press

by Bob [caption id="attachment_659" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Iwouldificould wins 2005 Free Press Stakes"][/caption] This Sunday’s running of the Free Press Stakes will be the 52nd edition of the race. The Winnipeg Free Press trophy has a long and storied association with the Downs, beginning with Fremarcton winning the inaugural running of the race in 1960. From…
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Pierre Lapin Wins Feature for Simpson, Pick-4 Pays $2,542.90, Two $15,000 Claims

[caption id="attachment_522" align="alignright" width="298" caption="Simpson. Looked good on Pierre Lapin."][/caption] by George Pierre Lapin came rolling home under Trevor Simpson to win the featured third race Wednesday at ASD on an evening when the betting pools were large and lucrative and two horses were claimed out of the same race for $15,000. Each. Claims over…
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