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Assiniboia Downs Celebrates 75th Running of the Manitoba Derby

by Bob Gates It has been more than 90 years in the making but on Monday August 7, the Manitoba Jockey Club will roll out the 75th Running of the $125,000 Manitoba Derby. The road to the historic 75th has had many twists and turns, but we’ve made it relatively unscathed. There’s been a few…
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Memories of the 1973 “Run for the Tartan”

[caption id="attachment_19605" align="alignright" width="1000"] 1973 Manitoba Derby winner Zaca Spirit in the winner's circle with Jack Hardy, George Frostad and son Mark, Carl Chapman, and Lt. Gov. Jack McKeag.[/caption] by Bob Gates In a little more than two weeks the Manitoba Jockey Club will present the historic 75th running of the $125,000 Manitoba Derby. Historic?…
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1998 Manitoba Derby: A Milestone Event 

by Bob Gates The historic Manitoba Derby is a treasure-trove of milestones. The 2021 edition will be yet another in the storied legends that contribute to its mystique. This season's Derby will take place with a tarmac filled to capacity with anxious spectators after a one-year covid-induced "no fans in the stands" hiatus. Let's begin…
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