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Assiniboia Downs Hosts First Ever Manitoba Night Market and Festival

Assiniboia Downs Hosts First Ever Manitoba Night Market and Festival

Assiniboia Downs is replacing horses with food trucks, music, craft beer, and local artisans and craft exhibitors next Sunday for its first ever Manitoba Night Market and Festival.

The indoor/outdoor event will give market-goers the chance to try out 18 food trucks and six separate food vendors offering everything from bison sliders and pickerel tacos to Filipino and Japanese cuisine while checking out the wares of local craft-makers and artisans working in glass, wood and recycled products.

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Auction Items to Raise Funds for Injured Jockey Hitting eBay

Auction Items to Raise Funds for Injured Jockey Hitting eBay

Alyssa Selman
Alyssa Selman (FACEBOOK)

The next round of fundraising for a local paralyzed horse jockey is set to begin online.

Alyssa Selman, 29, was racing at Assiniboia Downs on June 27 when her horse stumbled and she was thrown to the ground. She suffered a serious back injury and was rushed into surgery at the Health Sciences Centre the following day.

Halters of champion horses American Pharoah, Zenyatta and Shaman Ghost will be listed on eBay on August 21.

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Horse Racing Community Holding Fundraiser for Injured Jockey

Horse Racing Community Holding Fundraiser for Injured Jockey

Alyssa Selman
Alyssa Selman (FACEBOOK)

WINNIPEG — A horse racing jockey who may never walk again has the support of her colleagues and community when they host a fundraising social in her honour in a couple weeks.

Alyssa Selman, 29, was racing at Assiniboia Downs on June 27 when her horse stumbled and she was thrown to the ground. She suffered a serious back injury that required surgery the following day. She is currently recovering at the Health Sciences Centre.

On Sunday, July 19, the Downs will host a social to raise funds for Selman and her family to assist in her road to recovery. Tickets are $15 and go on sale tonight at the guest services booth, Assiniboia Downs general office, VLT cashiers or the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper.

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Cold Weather Knocks Out Racing Feeds at Assiniboia Downs

Cold Weather Knocks Out Racing Feeds at Assiniboia Downs

Mitch Janzen
Assiniboia Downs broadcast manager Mitch Janzen troubleshoots downed satellite feeds for live horse racing on Saturday, February 21, 2015. (ASD / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Just blame it on Old Man Winter.

Horse racing fans at Assiniboia Downs were out of luck last Saturday while watching satellite feeds from other North American tracks when the signal went down.

Races from Woodbine, Delta, Sam Houston and Australia suddenly disappeared from screens just after 10 p.m. At the time, the wind chill was hovering close to -46.

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Horse Racing Cancelled at Assiniboia Downs on Friday

Horse Racing Cancelled at Assiniboia Downs on Friday

By Brian Schultz

Assiniboia Downs
Assiniboia Downs

A lack of entries has forced Assiniboia Downs to cancel live racing on Friday, May 9.

“We have a sufficient inventory of horses on the grounds, however, mainly due to the poor weather conditions that impaired regular spring training, including a delayed opening of the main track for morning exercise, we do not have an adequate amount of horses prepared to run over a period of three consecutive days,” said CEO Darren Dunn. “More horses will be arriving shortly from other race meets that are set to conclude soon.”

Live racing will continue as originally scheduled on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. and Mother’s Day Sunday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m.

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Manitoba Government, Jockey Club Reach Agreement

Assiniboia Downs
Assiniboia Downs

The Manitoba Jockey Club and the provincial government have reached a settlement after a year of bickering about who will pay for and control live-horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs.

“This agreement recognizes that MJC has entered into a partnership with Peguis First Nation which, in the long run, will enhance revenue streams at ASD,” reads a statement from the province. “With today’s agreement, the government is providing a bridge to MJC that intends to get it into a position where it will be able to enjoy the benefits of those enhanced revenue streams, while maintaining sustainability for horse racing in the interim.”

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Manitoba Jockey Club, Peguis First Nation Announce Plans for Assiniboia Downs

FNDevelopments-Release-Dec19Assiniboia Downs is poised for growth as the Manitoba Jockey Club and Peguis First Nation announced a partnership that would see the Downs become a destination.

“Our initial development plan will see hotels, convention and retail space on the land adjoined to the Downs,” said Peguis First Nation Chief Glenn Hudson.

The development partnership came about thanks to the Government of Canada settling the Peguis First Nation Treaty Land entitlement claim in 2009.

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Horse Racing Season Ending at Assiniboia Downs

Horse Racing Season Ending at Assiniboia Downs

By David Klassen

Assiniboia Downs
Assiniboia Downs

Live horse racing at Assiniboia Downs will come to an end on Sunday to close the book another season.

The 60-day racing season will conclude with the longest race of the year and a $50,000 race for two-year-old horses that features a Manitoba-bred that is a star in the making.

Horses will pass by the grandstand three times in a 1 3/4 mile sprint, building up the excitement level for race fans.

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Manitoba Jockey Club to Get Day in Court

Manitoba Jockey Club to Get Day in Court

By Sarah Klein

Assiniboia Downs
Assiniboia Downs

The Manitoba Jockey Club has been granted a full, expedited judicial review to begin April 26.

The hearing in Court of Queen’s Bench will attempt to halt any alleged action by the Manitoba government to devalue Assiniboia Downs by cutting off funding to the horse racing track to turn over operations and property to the Red River Exhibition as part of any expansion plans.

The complaint lists Manitoba Finance Minister Stan Struthers, Red River Exhibition CEO Garth Rogerson, and RCMP “D” Division in Winnipeg and the Attorney General of Canada to investigate for breach of trust and fraud, among other allegations.

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