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The Levesque Family – Friends of Assiniboia Downs

[caption id="attachment_20453" align="alignright" width="1000"] 1975 Manitoba Derby. L to R: Yonnie Starr, Derby Belle and Jean-Louis Levesque.[/caption]   by Bob Gates How do you pay tribute to the father/son duo of Jean-Louis and Pierre-Louis, who were important contributors to the history of Assiniboia Downs? It isn’t an easy task, but let’s give it a go.…
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Overskate and Connections Dominate in 1978 Manitoba Derby

[caption id="attachment_8908" align="alignright" width="1024"] Overskate in the winner's circle after his victory in the Manitoba Derby on September 9, 1978.[/caption] by Bob Gates It’s been 40 years since Overskate and Robin Platts spanked five innocent foes in 30th running of the Manitoba Derby on September 9, 1978. Going into the Derby, Overskate was considered the…
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