In preparation for the 2009 racing season, Assiniboia Downs held an open house on Sunday afternoon.
The open house not only embraced local fans, but it marked a new direction in the 51-year history of the track.
This time around, the track wants to change its traditional race days and embark on an aggressive campaign to sell its racing product to race fans throughout North America and corporate Winnipeg, the Downs said in a news release.
Attendees at the open house got the chance to go on a behind the scenes tour of the track, including seeing the jockey room, barns and participate in other activities.
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Changes to the racing schedule are also part of the new season. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays racing will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon racing has been replaced by Wednesday evenings, due to the fact other tracks signed up to buy Assiniboia’s races to show at their venues. Tuesday racing will also be added through most of June and all of July. The only 1 p.m. afternoon cards will be on opening day, Mother’s Day and on all holidays.
“We just want everyone to come out and have a great time — and see what makes a race track tick,” said general manager Sharon Gulyas.