The Winnipeg Jets have invested heavily into Josh Morrissey, re-signing the defenceman to an eight-year, $50 US million contract.
The Calgary native played in his third full season with the Jets in 2018-19. The 24-year-old set career highs in assists (25), points (31), and time on ice (22:24). He also added an assist in six playoff games for Winnipeg last season.
Richard Mairs won his first jockey championship while Tom Gardipy Jr. grabbed his sixth trainers’ title as the final day of racing at Assiniboia Downs wrapped up with an awards ceremony over the weekend.
Mairs finished the 50-day meet at the Downs with 52 wins, six more than 2018 champion Antonio Whitehall and 12 more than Alex Cruz, a veteran jock who overcame a serious shoulder injury in his first year at ASD to remain in the Top 3. Renaldo Cumberbatch was fourth with 36 wins while was fifth Chavion Chow was fifth with 34. Whitehall led all jockeys in earnings with $572,371.
Manitoba’s newest Super Horse, the fabulous filly Hidden Grace has completed her second straight undefeated season at Assiniboia Downs.
On Friday night, the three-year-old Manitoba-bred beat the best older mares on the grounds in stunning fashion, winning the $30,000 Manitoba Matron Stakes over one mile and one eighth by almost five lengths.