The Inside Track | Issue #53 | November 11, 2022
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • VLTs, Race Carrels and Tables are sanitized between customer use.
Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget
In observance of Remembrance Day, the VLTs will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 11.

Assiniboia Downs will open at 10 a.m. for dining and racing, however, there will be no alcohol service until 1 p.m.
In this edition . . .
  • What's happening at the Downs?
  • Friday & Saturday Dining Specials
  • New Year's Eve Dinner & Dance hosted by CJOB's Kathy Kennedy
  • 2022 Breeders' Cup Wrap
  • Off-Track Betting Locations
  • Gelding Becomes a Star in Canada
  • Flightline To Stand for $200,000
  • Century Mile Wrap
  • "I Won Bigg" Betting Group
  • Carryover Watch
  • TravyFootball Week 10 Predictions
  • Snapshot in Time - 2,000,000th Fan
  • The Best of Bob - Horses of the Great War
  • 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. Please note that the VLTs open at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

  • This 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. Entry form. Rules. Current Handicapper of the Year standings.
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.
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
  • Free parking
  • Hosted by CJOB's Kathy Kennedy
  • Tickets $79.95 plus taxes & gratuities. Call 204-885-3330
At The Post with G.S. Thompson
2022 Breeders' Cup Wrap
Euros dominate turf races, every winner has a solid angle
Flightline wins the 2022 Breeders' Cup Classic to remain undefeated. (Carolyn Simancik / Eclipse Sportswire / Breeders' Cup photo)
As expected, Europeans dominated in the turf races at Keeneland on Breeders’ Cup weekend, and there were really no serious surprises. Every winner had a playable angle.

On ‘Future Stars Friday’ trainer Charles Appleby and jockey William Buick won the Juvenile Turf Sprint with a thread-the-field ride aboard Mischief Magic, and trainer Aidan O’Brien teamed up with jockey Ryan Moore to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf with an engulfing performance by Mediate and the Juvenile Turf with a beautiful inside trip-late rally on Victoria Road.

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione won his first ever Breeders’ Cup race aboard Wonder Wheel, who reversed her running style for trainer Mark Casse and came with a sharp rally up the rail to win the Juvenile Fillies, and Irad Ortiz, Jr. gave Forte a perfect trip stalking a pressured pace to win the Juvenile.

It was more of the same on Saturday, and despite the fact that Kirt and Stretch picked 5/9 winners on their ASD Live Show, we couldn’t quite get close to a Pick 6 score. Goodnight Olive kicked off Saturday’s races with an expected win as the favourite in the Filly and Mare Sprint for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Longshot Caravel wired the field in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint for trainer Brad Cox and gave Tyler Gaffalione his second Breeders’ Cup win after heavy favourite Golden Pal broke slow and never reached contention. The angle? Caravel was 7/11 at the distance and one-for-one over the Keeneland Turf. The Dirt Mile was a doozy of a race with favourite Cody’s Wish just getting up to defeat Cyberknife by a head for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and Junior Alvarado.

It was back to the Euro show for the first leg of Saturday’s Pick 6 in the Filly and Mare Turf, with overlooked Tuesday rallying strongly to give trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore their third win of Breeders’ Cup weekend at 4-1. Favoured Nashwa ground her way into fourth but was never going to win. And Canadian shipper Lady Speightspere added some life to the exotics with an excellent third-place finish at 31-1 for trainer Roger Attfield and jockey Luis Saez.

There was a bit of surprise in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint when heavy favourite Jackie’s Warrior failed to clear to the lead and lost his punch in the drive. Elite Power lived up to his name however and finished in workmanlike fashion to rally by the leaders and draw out late for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. at a nice price of 5-1.

Modern Games was everyone’s choice in the Mile and didn’t disappoint as the favourite, giving trainer Charles Appleby and jockey William Buick their second Breeders’ Cup win of the weekend.

Malathaat won the most exciting finish of the weekend with a nose victory in the Distaff over 24-1 longshot Blue Stripe and 6-1 Clairiere for trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez, as favoured Nest failed to fire her best shot after an early move. The angle on Malathaat came from the DRF Clocker Reports that indicated she was working better than her stablemate Nest while in company with that one.

The “other” European showed up again in the Breeders’ Cup Turf when the less favoured of the two Charles Appleby runners, Rebel’s Romance, finished clearly best under James Doyle at 6-1 to win, while his favoured stablemate Nations Pride with William Buick finished a galloping fifth. Still, it was the third Breeders’ Cup winner of the weekend for Appleby, who did a fabulous job of preparing his runners.

And finally, Flightline proved he was truly a great horse in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, stalking the sharp speed horse Life Is Good through strong fractions before doing what he had done in every previous start, galloping by and drawing out to win by 8 ¼-lengths with something left. Is he as talented as Secretariat was? That’s an argument for the ages.

And a good one.
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
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In The News
Who's the Star wins three straight Woodbine stakes with Emma-Jayne Wilson up
Who's the Star is unbeaten at Woodbine. Shown here winning the Grade 3 Autumn Stakes on Nov. 6. (Michael Burns photo)
Once a stablemate to the great Flightline, Mickey Gonzalez’s Who's the Star might not be anywhere near the horse his mate is, but he's certainly making his mark in Canada. More from Jennifer Morrison at the Canadian Thoroughbred here.
Breeders' Cup Classic winner most famous horse to go to stud since Secretariat
Flightline checks out his new surroundings at Lane’s End Farm the morning after his Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph. (Lane's End Farm photo)
Undefeated Flightline, who retired to stud at Lane's End in Versailles, Ky., following his 8 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $6-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 5, will stand the 2023 breeding season for $200,000, the farm announced on Wednesday. More from the Paulick Report here.
Trainer Tim Rycroft and jockey Enrique Gonzalez repeat as leaders in Alberta
Rolling through the stretch at Century Mile. (Century Mile photo)
Tim Rycroft won his fifth straight trainer’s title at Century Mile as that Alberta meeting wrapped up on November 5. Rycroft sent out 62 winners from 334 starters and the earners of $752,588. Among Rycroft’s top runners in 2022 was Asyoubelieve, who won two stakes and four races in total. More from Jennifer Morrison at the Canadian Thoroughbred here.
"I Won Bigg" Betting Group
The "I Won Bigg" betting group had a few close calls playing the Breeders' Cup and ended up winning half their bankroll back. They will be playing Woodbine this week. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the plaza. Everyone is welcome. Can't make it out? Email Larry at
Carryover Watch
  • Parx (November 14) - Pick 5 Jackpot carryover $290,758

See all carryovers here.
Top NFL Picks by TravyFootball: Week 10
49ers over Chargers (Sunday night): Two weeks ago the newly acquired Christian McCaffrey put on a show, scoring three touchdowns three different ways against the pitiful L.A Rams. Coming off the bye week, the Niners will be getting back some key players who have been on the IR. Those names include Elijah Mitchell and Azeez Al-Shaair, while also welcoming back Deebo Samuel, Kyle Juszczyk, and Jauan Jennings, who all missed the last game against the Rams. The NFC is so wide open right now and I can feel it in my bones that San Fran will be a team to be reckoned with during the second half of the season. The Chargers depleted defense gave up over 200 yard rushing to the Falcons last week, but thanks to their newly signed kicker, Cameron Dicker, they secured a 20-17 victory. 
Bucs over Seahawks (Sunday morning from Germany!): Tom Brady and the Bucs will head overseas to take on Geno Smith and the Seahawks in the first ever NFL regular season game to be played in Munich. Tampa Bay ended a three game losing streak on a last minute touchdown scored by rookie tight end Cade Otton. Otton is emerging as a favourite target for Brady, which is rare, because it usually takes rookie tight ends a few years to get accustomed to the NFL game. Seattle made easy work of the Cardinals last week as Geno Smith continues what is probably the best comeback story of the year. 
Raiders over Colts (Sunday afternoon): This will mark the debut of the Colts new interim head coach, Jeff Saturday. This hiring was a head scratcher to the entire football world when it was announced. Saturday does have a history in Indianapolis, as he played center there for 12 seasons during the Peyton Manning years, but other than coaching high school kids for a few years, he has no experience at the professional or even college level. He is definitely going to have his hands full and I don’t expect it to go very well, you can’t just walk in the door and coach a professional football team. For the third time this season, the Raiders blew a lead and lost the game. They were up 20-0 against the Cardinals in Week 2, 17-0 against the Chiefs in Week 5, and 7-0 against the Jaguars last week, and somehow managed to lose all of them. If Josh McDaniels doesn’t want to be a one and done coach, he'd better find a way to right this sinking ship.
Last week (3-0)
Overall (18-9) 
A Snapshot in Time
By Track Historian Bob Gates
On July 20, 1968 Assiniboia Downs welcomed its 2 millionth race fan. Mr. W. B. Linton, who was accompanied by his wife, was the lucky turnstile-milestone guest. It was the 38th day of the 1968 season, with the Downs having opened a little more than 10 years earlier, on June 10, 1958. On hand to greet Mr. Linton was Downs’ General Manager A. G. “Scotty” Kennedy.
The Best of Bob
by ASD Historian Bob Gates

This week we once again present the special "War Horse" blog story that Bob presented in November 2018. In this piece he explores the role of the horse in the Great War and shares with us his special “War Horse” Remembrance Day tribute that he wrote to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War l “the war to end all wars." Click here for the Horses of the Great War. Lest We Forget. (From November 7, 2018)
Upcoming events at ASD
  • 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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