ASSINIBOIA DOWNS
The Inside Track | Issue #49 | October 14, 2022
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • VLTs, Race Carrels and Tables are sanitized between customer use.
In this edition . . .
  • What's happening at the Downs?
  • Friday & Saturday Dining Specials
  • New Year's Eve Dinner & Dance
  • 2022 in Photos -- Part 1
  • Wpg 19+ Adult Expo & Market
  • Off-Track Betting Locations
  • Photo of the Week -- Morning Sleepies
  • Rougir rallies for E. P. Taylor win
  • Flightline tops World Rankings
  • Stars Align for 8-year-old Mare
  • Carryover Watch
  • TravyFootball Week 6 Predictions
  • Snapshot in Time - Miss Manitoba
  • The Best of Bob - Hillbilly Heaven
  • Upcoming Events
Do the Downs!
SPIN TO WIN THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS IN THE CLUB WEST GAMING LOUNGE - Enter at the VLT cage every Thursday and Friday for a chance to spin the wheel to win up to $100 cash! Draws will be made every 30 minutes starting at noon.
PLAYER'S CHOICE ONLINE HANDICAPPING TOURNAMENTS:

  • This Saturday, October 15
  • Saturday, November 12
  • Saturday, December 10

Entry fee: $25. Bankroll: $60. Place 10 ($2 WPS) wagers on any North American harness or thoroughbred race that takes place on the contest day. You must have a Manitoba HPI account to participate. Deadline to enter is the Friday prior to each of the tournament dates by 4 p.m. Click here for entry form. Read full rules here.
BREEDERS' CUP 2022
Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:55 a.m. & Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

  • ASD Live Breeders' Cup Handicapping Show. Watch Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. on our YouTube channel here.
  • 3% cash back on all eligible wagering on all tracks Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Minimum wagered $1,000 and maximum deposit $100. ($2.10 payouts are not eligibile). Wagers must be placed on your HPI account.
  • Free programs & DRF for both Friday and Saturday's Keeneland cards. They will be available at all locations the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 2 (except McPhillips and Club Regent).
  • Breeders' Cup Brunch at Assiniboia Downs. $24.95. See menu here. Served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations call 204-885-3330.
  • Draws for a Breeders' Cup merchandise package at all locations (except McPhllips and Club Regent).
Dining at Assiniboia Downs
HAPPY HOUR - Daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close
  • 6 oz. House Wine - $4.50
  • House Spirits - $4.50
  • Domestic Beer - $4.50
  • Fireball - $4.50
  • Downs Caesar - $5.50
  • Pint Longshot Lager - $5.50
  • Poutine - $8.00
  • Onion Rings - $8.00
  • Chicken Fingers - $9.00
  • Cheese Nachos - $9.00
  • All Day NFL Sunday Special - Regular Wings $10 (all day Sunday only)

All of the above specials are dine-in only.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER & SNACKS
The Club West Dining Room and Lounge is open daily at 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages. Our menu includes favourites such as chicken wings, pizza, chipotle mozza burger (pictured), steak sandwich or bacon and eggs plus much more! See the full menu here.
FRIDAY STEAK SPECIAL - $24.95 - 8 oz top Sirloin charbroiled and seasoned with our smoky dry rub. Served with vegetables and choice of mashed potatoes or french fries. Served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PRIME RIB SATURDAY SPECIAL - $29.95 - Our signature Certified Angus Prime Rib (8 oz.) served with vegetables and choice of mashed potatoes or french fries, horseradish and Yorkshire pudding au jus. Served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Reservations are not required.
New Year's Eve Dinner & Dance
Saturday, December 31 - Main Floor Ballroom
  • A fabulous buffet from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. featuring our renowned Certified Angus Prime Rib. See menu here.
  • Late lunch served
  • Dancing until 2:00 a.m.
  • Door prizes
  • Party favours 
  • DJ music & lights
  • Free coat check
  • Tickets $79.95 plus taxes & gratuities. Call 204-885-3330
At The Post with G.S. Thompson
2022 at ASD in Photos -- Part 1
Track Photographer Jason Halstead shares 25 of his favourite photos from the 2022 live racing season. Thanks Jason!
An attendee holds the program for the Harvey Warner Celebration of Life as a large crowd including family, friends, loved ones and dignitaries came together May 21 to honour the longtime Chair of the Manitoba Jockey Club at Assiniboia Downs who passed away suddenly in March 2022. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Brody's Streak gets a well deserved kiss from groom Beth Penton after winning the Lord Balcony Overnight Stakes for trainer Tom Gardipy, Jr. on June 1. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
2022 leading trainer Jerry Gourneau celebrates the victory of Spicy Witt in Race 2 on July 5, with a nod to the horse’s breeder, Texan Henry S. Witt, Jr. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Jockey Arthur Budhu is caked with dirt aboard Hearoseoneaster after winning Race 3 on July 5. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Strong Belief, owned by Shelley Brown, Anderson Livestock Stable and the Estate Of Harvey Warner, cools down after winning Race 7 on July 6. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Race 5 gets underway beneath a colourful moon on July 12. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Trainer Jared Brown sprays down Majestic Street after winning Race 1 on a balmy July 18. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Jockey Stanley Chadee, Jr. rides Mizzenhower into the sunshine in the first race on July 26. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Jockey Jorge Carreno guides Monstrodamous to victory in Race 7 on July 27. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Groom Richie Ricketts leads star Manitoba-bred mare Hidden Grace out of the winner's circle after her victory in the 37th running of the $50,000 Escape Clause Stakes on Aug. 1. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Groom Cameron Delaronde leads 2022 Manitoba Derby winner Red Knobs and jockey Jorge Carreno into the winner’s circle for trainer Robertino Diodoro after the season’s marquee race on Aug. 1. (Donna Maxwell / Assiniboia Photo)
Jockey Jorge Carreno and groom Meadow McLean have a laugh while heading into the winner's circle with Yola for trainer Wendy Anderson after Race 5 on Aug. 1. (Jason Halstead / Assiniboia Photo)
Wpg 19+ Adult Expo & Market plus the Naughty Halloween Party
Two amazing events at Assiniboia Downs!
For more information and tickets click here.
CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK TO WAGER?
Watch and wager at one of our off-track betting locations:

  • Canad Inns Windsor Park - 1034 Elizabeth Road
  • Green Brier Inn - 1611 Main Street
  • Rookies at Central Hotel - 201 Melrose Avenue East
  • Quest Inn - 367 Ellice Avenue
  • McPhillips Station Casino - 484 McPhillips Street
  • Club Regent Casino - 1425 Regent Ave W
  • Nor-Villa Motor Hotel - 1763 Henderson Hwy
  • Club 3D - 3317 Portage Avenue
  • Wager 24/7 at HPIbet.com
Photo of the Week
Sunday morning sleepies. (Ziprick Thoroughbreds photo)
Do you have an interesting photo you would like showcased in an upcoming newsletter? Email us at theinsidetrack@ASDowns.com.
In The News
Peter Brant's Rougir recovers from trouble, Canadian-bred Moira barges her way to second only to be disqualified.
Rougir (Fra), far left, shipped north from the US by trainer Chad Brown, overcame trouble to win the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 8. Canadian star Moira, (far right) ran a big race to be second but was later disqualified. (Michael Burns photo)
American invader Rougir won the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes by a neck over Canadian-bred star Moira on October 8 at Woodbine but the race was messy enough that the result was unofficial for some time after both the winner and runner-up had troubled trips. More from Jennifer Morrison at the Canadian Thoroughbred here.
Flightline winning the Pacific Classic. (Benoit Photo)
Undefeated Flightline, pointed toward the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5 at Keeneland, continues to lead the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2022 through races run up until Oct. 9. More from the BloodHorse here.
The magic victory involved an 8-year-old mare, winless in '22, trained by a 95-year-old and ridden by a young jock who had never won a race.
Meagan Fraser and Entitled Star making Robert ‘Red’ Alistair McKenzie the second-oldest winning trainer in North America. (Coady Photo / Ryan Haynes)
It was the last race of this past Friday’s thoroughbred card at Century Mile. Nothing special, that’s for sure: a field of bottom claimers goings six furlongs on a wonderfully warm evening that was getting late. And then poof. It all became magical... More from Curtis Stock at the Canadian Thoroughbred here.
"I Won Bigg" Betting Group
Join veteran handicappers Ivan Bigg and Larry Liebrecht this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse for group ticket discussions on the early pick 5 at Woodbine. The group had a breakthrough last Saturday turning each $20 share into $85. Everyone is welcome. Can't make it out? Email Larry at larry@ampereelectric.ca.
Carryover Watch
  • Santa Anita (October 15) - Jackpot Pick 6 carryover $266,212. Mandatory payout on Saturday, October 15.
  • Woodbine (October 14) - Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover $246,922
  • Woodbine (October 14) - Jackpot Pick 6 carryover $131,246
  • Parx (October 17) - Jackpot Pick 5 carryover $108,878

See all carryovers here.
Top NFL Picks by TravyFootball: Week 6
Bills over Chiefs (Sunday afternoon): The rematch everyone has been waiting for since last year's playoffs, Josh Allen and the Bills will head to Kansas City to take on Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs. For the first time in his career, Mahomes is actually the underdog at home. This one might be a shootout, but the difference between these teams right now is the Bills defense is much better. If it wasn’t for two receivers running into each other on the final play, the Chiefs very well could have lost to the Raiders last week, whereas the Bills absolutely dismantled the Steelers and barely broke a sweat doing it. This game also might be a preview of the AFC Championship come January. Buckle up! 
 
Cowboys over Eagles (Sunday night): In the other marquee matchup of the day that nobody saw coming after Dak Prescott went down with his hand injury, the somehow 4-1 Cowboys travel to Philadelphia to take on the still undefeated Eagles. Cooper Rush has done a remarkable job of managing the game and more importantly, not turning the ball over. Backup quarterbacks tend to be all over the place when they are thrown into action, but Rush has kept his calm and doesn’t try to do more than he is asked to do. That’s why the Cowboys are in a position to take over first place in the division. This will be the toughest test for the Eagles yet, and their undefeated streak could seriously be in jeopardy. 
 
Rams over Panthers (Sunday afternoon): The Rams are coming off back-to-back losses against the 49ers and the Cowboys. They certainly don’t look like the team that won the Super Bowl last season. There's been no running game whatsoever, nobody can catch a pass other than Cooper Kupp, and the defense is giving up a lot of points. Lucky for them, they get a matchup with the lowly Carolina Panthers. It's been a rough week for the folks in Carolina. Their coach, Matt Rhule, was fired on Monday after going 11-27 in two-plus years, starting QB Baker Mayfield was injured and is out for at least a month, and they also suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of my 49ers last Sunday. Former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks will take over on an interim basis, and PJ Walker will be the new starting QB for the time being. Don’t expect too much to change though, same mess, different pile. This season is already a write off for them and it's only Week 6.
 
Last week (3-0)
Overall (10-5) 
A Snapshot in Time
By Track Historian Bob Gates
On June 19, 1968, Assiniboia Downs played host to the 12 Miss Manitoba Contestants. The race named in their honour was won by Navins Belle owned by Gumprich Enterprises. Here the 12 contestants pose for a group shot on the second floor clubhouse. Can you remember or spot the soon to be named Miss Manitoba? The winner was Karen Hawthorn (back row second from the left). (Gerry Hart photo)
The Best of Bob
by ASD Historian Bob Gates

And now for something completely different. This week our faithful track historian has taken a swing at song writing and re-worked Tex Ritter’s 1961 hit Hillbilly Heaven. Click here to listen to the Ritter hit then check out Bob’s lyrics for his version of Racetrack Heaven here.
Upcoming events at ASD
  • Player's Choice Handicapping Tournament - Saturday, Oct. 15 - more info
  • Manitoba Art Expo - Friday, October 21 thru Sunday, Oct. 23 - more info
  • Wpg 19+ Adult Expo & Market - Friday, Oct. 28 & Saturday, Oct. 29 - more info
  • Naughty Halloween Party - Friday, Oct. 28 - more info
  • Breeders' Cup from Keeneland - Friday, Nov. 4 & Saturday, Nov. 5 - more info
  • Inspiration Craft Market - Friday Nov. 4 & Saturday, Nov. 5 - more info
  • Inspiration Craft Market - Friday, Nov. 11 & Saturday, Nov. 12 - more info
  • Player's Choice Handicapping Tournament - Saturday, Nov.12 - more info
  • Player's Choice Handicapping Tournament - Saturday, Dec. 10 - more info
  • New Year's Eve Gala - Saturday, December 31 - more info
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