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‘Through the Roof:’ Attendance Up as Assiniboia Downs Ends 61st Season

‘Through the Roof:’ Attendance Up as Assiniboia Downs Ends 61st Season

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Assiniboia Downs (ASD / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Attendance and wagering at Assiniboia Downs were both way up to mark the track’s 61st season, which ended Sunday afternoon.

“Without question, it starts with the customers,” said CEO Darren Dunn.

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Alberta’s ‘Sky Promise’ Wins It All at 70th Manitoba Derby

Alberta’s ‘Sky Promise’ Wins It All at 70th Manitoba Derby

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Sky Promise won it all at the Manitoba Derby on Monday, earning his owners $75,000. (ASSINIBOIA DOWNS)

WINNIPEG — Sky Promise was brought into the winner’s circle Monday in a big way, leading the pack to come out as the $75,000 winner at the 70th Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs.

Led by Alberta rider Rico Walcott, he circled the other seven horses in the 1 1/8th mile race to pull away from his stablemate, United Patriot, who had set sharp early fractions. Sky Promise was a slim race favourite and paid $7.20 for a $2 win ticket.

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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

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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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