ASSINIBOIA DOWNS
The Inside Track | Issue #29 | May 26, 2022
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  • Our fully immunized staff will continue to wear masks for the safety of all customers.
In this edition . . .
  • What's happening at the Downs?
  • Food Truck Battles
  • Excellent Jockey Colony for 2022
  • Harvey Warner Celebration of Life
  • Indian Horse Relay Races Draw Huge Crowd
  • They're back! ASD Live Show!
  • Partner Locations
  • Photo of the Week
  • NEW! ASD Making Memories
  • Early Voting Wins Preakness
  • Is the Triple Crown too Tough?
  • Carryover Watch
  • Bob's First Blog of 2022
  • Upcoming Events
Do the Downs!
SPIN TO WIN THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS IN THE CLUBWEST GAMING LOUNGE - Enter at the VLT cage every Thursday and Friday for a chance to spin the wheel for up to $100 cash! Draws will be made every 30 minutes starting at noon.
MONDAY MADNESS EVERY MONDAY IN MAY - 4% cash back on all eligible wagering Mondays in May. Minimum wagered $100 (each Monday). Maximum deposit $25 (each Monday). Wagers must be placed on HPI account to qualify. ($2.10 payoffs not included.)

ASD OPENING WEEK BONUS - 3% cash back on all eligible wagering on Assiniboia Downs on Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1. Minimum wagered $100. Maximum deposit $25. Wagers must be placed on HPI account to qualify. ($2.10 payoffs not included.)

NEW! ASD PLAYER PORTAL - All the important information you need for Assiniboia Downs live racing is now in one place! Watch the live feed and ASD Live handicapping show in HD. Plus free ASD programs, free Brisnet pps, jockey and trainer bios, expert tips from ASD, Canadian Thoroughbred and Horse Racing Nation. Bookmark this page and check back daily as programs and picks will be added as they are available.
FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH: Treat Dad to brunch on his special day! Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for full menu. Adults $44.95, 12 & under $21.95, 5 & under $9.95. For tickets call 204-885-3330.

Please note that there is no live racing on Father's Day as we race Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
At The Post with G.S. Thompson
Jockey Prayven Badrie, who finished in a tie for the 2018 riding title at ASD with Antonio Whitehall, is back in action at ASD, as part of an excellent 2022 jockey colony! (George Williams photo)
Excellent Jockey Colony in Place for 2022 at ASD
Former champions expected to battle Jorge Carreno for top spot
Five more sleeps until live racing kicks off at ASD on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. and we’ve already got a top notch jockey colony ready to roll!

The pandemic prevented some of the top riders from returning to Assiniboia Downs in 2020 and 2021, but they’re back in full force now and they're all working hard in the mornings to secure the best mounts.

Long gone are the days when a top jockey could rest on their laurels, show up at 9 a.m. to work one horse and still ride the card. Most of this year’s jockey colony, including past champions, are getting on more than 10 horses every morning.

The jockeys that exercise large numbers of horses are not only making money in the mornings, they’re also gaining the loyalty of the trainers they’re working for. In the past, many jockeys would come out in the mornings only to work horses. Now they’re all coming out to give horses routine gallops, which allows them to get to know the horses they’ll be riding in the live races. Great for the rider. Even better for the fans.

Every edge counts.
Chavion Chow, leading rider at ASD in 2015, has returned for the 2022 season. Welcome back Chavion! (George Williams photo)
Jorge Carreno, who walloped last year’s jockey colony with 80 victories to take the title by 31 wins over Stanley Chadee Jr., is once again the man to beat in the rider standings. Carreno arrived fit from riding at Sunray Park and Sunland Park, and he’s already won 12 races this year including the $300,000 Sunland Park Oaks aboard 80-1 Cleopatras Charge. Carreno is expected to have more competition this year, with numerous former champions back in the ASD jocks’ room for 2022.

Two-time local riding champ Antonio Whitehall, who won the title here in 2020 with 74 wins and tied with Prayven Badrie for top spot in 2018 with 41 wins, plans to make Assiniboia Downs his home base after travelling between ASD and Century Mile last year. Whitehall finished fourth in the standings at Century Mile last year with 30 wins and fifth in the local standings with 24 wins. If he gets on a roll, watch out, he finished third among all jockeys in Canada in 2020 with 117 victories.

Former champion Chavion Chow has also returned to ASD after a two-year pandemic-forced absence. Chow won the title here in 2015 with 63 wins, and like most top jockeys, he can get hot. Also returning after a two-year absence will be Renaldo Cumberbatch, who has been a top-5 rider locally ever since he first arrived at Assiniboia Downs over 15 years ago. Prayven Badrie, who tied for top spot at ASD with Whitehall in 2018, is also back after riding primarily at Century Mile in 2019, where he won 46 races.
There have been hundreds of workouts over the past two weeks. We're ready to rumble at ASD! (George Williams photo)
It doesn’t get any easier from there, as the above riders will be joined by 2021 leading stakes winning jockey Stanley Chadee Jr., who finished second in the standings with 49 wins; Sheldon Chickeness, who had a breakout year in 2021 to finish third in the standings with 48 wins; former top North American apprentice Leroy Nelson, who finished fourth in the standings with 35 wins; and former Marquis Downs leading rider Neville Stephenson, who won 28 races here last year to finish fifth in the standings.

Rounding out this year’s riding colony are five-time Barbados champion jockey Rasheed Hughes; former Trinidadian champion apprentice and graded stakes winning jockey in Canada, Keishan Balgobin; former Santa Rosa Park champ Ronald Ali; Shavon Belle, another who had a breakout year here in 2019 with 19 wins; multiple stakes-winning newcomer Leonel Camacho Flores from Turf Paradise; Kayla Pizarro, who could rebound from an injury-riddled 2021 season; Arthur Budhu, who got his start with the late trainer Ardell Sayler and won seven races in 2018 and 2019 from limited opportunities; and Dwight Lewis, a veteran who can surprise you when least expected.

And you’ll know it when he does.
Harvey Warner Celebration of Life
Assiniboia Downs Track Announcer Kirt Contois delivers a heartfelt speech written by ASD CEO Darren Dunn who was absent from the event due to illness, to a large crowd at the Celebration of Life for the late Harvey Warner at Assiniboia Downs last Saturday. (Jason Halstead photo)
A large crowd that included family, friends, loved ones and dignitaries attended the Celebration of Life for the late Harvey Warner, the longtime Chair of the Manitoba Jockey Club (MJC), last Saturday at Assiniboia Downs. Thank you to everyone who came out to pay their respects to a man who was truly an icon of the Canadian horse racing industry.

Harvey spearheaded the resurgence of horse racing in Manitoba as the Chair of the MJC from the time of its formation in 1993 until his untimely passing at the age of 74 on March 9, 2022. Harvey will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him, not only for his kind-hearted nature, but also for his accomplishments. Harvey's dream in 1993 was to see horse racing flourish again in Manitoba. His dream became a reality. And he lived to see it.

More from the Winnipeg Free Press here.
We'd like to thank the Manito Ahbee Festival and everyone who came out to watch the first Indian Horse Relay Races ever held at Assiniboia Downs. Watching these talented riders race bareback in front of a huge crowd was a thrill! And the dancing and music was also a real treat. (Manito Ahbee Festival photos)
They're back!!! ASD Live Show 2022!!!
CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK TO WAGER?
Watch and wager at one of our partner 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
  • Wager 24/7 at HPIbet.com

OPENING SOON!
  • Club 3D - 3317 Portage Avenue
  • Nor-Villa Motor Hotel - 1763 Henderson Hwy
Photo of the Week
Jockey Dwight Lewis was on a very happy horse on the training track Wednesday morning at ASD. (George Williams photo)
NEW! ASD Making Memories!
Do you have a memorable winning bet, a favourite horse, a big contest win, a meal/brunch shared with loved ones and friends, something special that endears you to the Downs? If so we’d love to hear from you! Send us your favourite memory of Assiniboia Downs and you might be selected for the new ASD Making Memories section of the Inside Track! If you have a photo to go with it, send that too! We welcome all submissions!
Do you have an interesting photo or memory you would like showcased in an upcoming newsletter? Email us at theinsidetrack@ASDowns.com.
In The News
As he did five years ago, trainer Chad Brown kept a top 3-year-old out of the Kentucky Derby and won the Preakness Stakes.
Early Voting parlayed a perfect trip to victory in the 147th Preakness Stakes (G1). (Pimlico photo)
Early Voting captured the 147th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course last Saturday, providing Klaravich Stables Inc. and trainer Chad Brown with a second win in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by following the same game plan they used with 2017 victor Cloud Computing. Full story and Preakness quotes from the Canadian Thoroughbred here.
Are the Triple Crown races spaced too close together, or the test of a champion?
Rich Strike and Sonny Leon win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (Anne M. Eberhardt photo)
The relative dates of the Triple Crown races have not changed since 1969. This could be defined as either an ongoing respect for tradition or the effects of stubborn inertia. In the end, there is ample evidence that the Triple Crown will never change. Until it does. More from Jay Hovdey at the Blood Horse here.
Carryover Watch & Programs
  • Parx (May 30) - Jackpot Pick 5 - $681,816
  • Santa Anita (May 27) - Jackpot Pick 6 - $449,348
  • Pimlico (May 26) - Jackpot Pick 6 - $432,827
  • Gulfstream (May 26) - Jackpot Pick 6 - $334,981
  • See all carryovers here.

MANDATORY PAYOUT ALERT - Pimlico is forcing out all their carryover pools on Monday, May 30. The Jackpot Pick 6 carryover going into Thursday's card is $432,827.
"I Won Bigg" Betting Group
Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse
This Saturday the group will be playing Woodbine and Santa Anita. This will be the last week of play (except for Belmont Stakes day) as the group will be taking a break during live racing. Can't make it out Saturday? Email Larry for a share.
Bob's Blog
by ASD Historian Bob Gates

In his first blog of 2022 Bob looks forward to the 65th live racing season at Assiniboia Downs while also looking back with a kind heart at those we lost during what turned out to be a very tough off season. Click here to read A Toast: To the Dearly Departed and Season #65.
Upcoming events at ASD

  • MB Food Truck Battles - Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29 - more info
  • ASD live racing starts Tuesday, May 31 - full schedule
  • Summer of Sound - Friday, June 10 - more info
  • Manitoba Night Markets - Sundays, June 12, July 24 & August 28 - more info
  • Canada Day Fireworks & Festival - Friday, July 1 - more info
  • Gulping Horse Ultimate Beverage Festival - Saturday, July 16 - more info
  • Holi Summer Fest - Saturday, August 6 - more info
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