Tag Archives: Ivan Dowler

Stakes Honor Influential Builders at ASD

[caption id="attachment_12514" align="alignright" width="1000"] Buffy Twins & Hugh Jackson. 1981 Winnipeg Futurity.[/caption] by Bob Gates R. C. Anderson, Frank Arnason, Jack Hardy, Phil Kives, R. J. Speers, J. W. Sifton and Hazel Wright make up the collective of builders that are remembered through memorial stake races in 2020 at Assiniboia Downs. There have been others…
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Spring, Sprints and a Spike, with record-setting speed

[caption id="attachment_15760" align="alignright" width="390"] Trainer Phil Hayek with Northern Spike.[/caption] by Bob Those of us who go back to the early 1980s will know that "Spike" is none other than Northern Spike. He was owned and bred by the late Ivan Dowler in partnership with sons Graham, John and Dan - Graham and John have…
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Tiny Broad Zone – Guts and Glory at 2 1/4-miles

[caption id="attachment_3414" align="alignright" width="270"] Broad Zone wins 1961 Winnipeg Free Press Handicap at ASD. Going 2 1/4-miles![/caption] by Bob Most of you have probably never heard of Broad Zone, and for good reason. His story began back in June 1956 at old Polo Park race track and climaxed at the "new" Assiniboia Downs in August…
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