[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…Read more
Irwin Driedger, the Jock with the Golden Locks
[caption id="attachment_3839" align="alignright" width="270"] Irwin Driedger aboard Sovereign Award winner Liz's Pride. Gerry Hart photo.[/caption] by Bob Clifford "Shorty" Gray hired 11-year-old Irwin Driedger as an exercise rider. The young blonde schoolboy from Russell, Manitoba tipped the scales at 78 pounds and got his first win on a race track at the Neepawa Fair Grounds…Read more
Was Liz’s Pride the best filly or mare ever to race at Assiniboia Downs?
[caption id="attachment_2693" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Liz's Pride - Champion 2-Year-Old Filly in Canada 1978. Irwin Driedger up."][/caption] The "Pride" of Stoneacres Farm was one flashy filly! by Bob Who was the greatest filly or mare to ever race at the Downs? Questions like this are fun. They inspire debate and good-natured banter, and let’s face…Read more
Precambrian rock solid as one of the winningest horses ever at ASD
[caption id="attachment_1127" align="alignright" width="260" caption="Precambrian - Official Win #6 at ASD"][/caption] by Bob Which horse holds the record for the most wins in a single season at Assiniboia Downs? Well, if I’ve done my homework correctly there are two steeds that can lay claim to the honour. Navy Days and Major Action each won 11…Read more