The Inside Track | Issue #45 | September 16, 2022
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An additional night of live racing has been added to the 2022 season due to a couple of unforeseen cancellations. Wednesday, September 28 has been added. Five nights of live racing remain as follows:
  • Monday, September 19 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 20 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 26 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27 - 7:30 p.m. Mandatory payout of the Jackpot Hi-5.
  • Wednesday, September 28 - 7:30 p.m. Mandatory payout of the Jackpot Pick 5
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In this edition . . .
  • What's happening at the Downs?
  • 3% Cash Back Bonus for Manitoba HPI Customers Continues
  • Chase the Ace Jackpot $6,795 and Growing! Only 15 cards left!
  • Dining at Assiniboia Downs
  • Carreno puts on Clinic, Wins Gold Cup and Matron
  • Snapshot in Time - Tommy Stadnyk
  • Partner Locations
  • Photo of the Week: A Pat for Chuckee
  • Modern Games heads Woodbine Ricoh Mile
  • Belmont at the Big A Begins
  • Carryover Watch
  • Mandatory Payout Alerts
  • TravyFootball Week 2 Predictions
  • Bob: An Interview with Dr. Norm Elder
  • Upcoming Events - Only 5 Days of Live Racing left
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Brad and Matt are happy to assist you every live race night from 6 p.m. until the end of racing. They can also help you open a free HPI online betting account.
every live race night. Ace of Diamonds wins the $6,795 jackpot. Other prizes: Either Joker $100, any other card $25. Tickets are $5 and available at Guest Services from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The draw will be made at 9:30 p.m. Proceeds in support of Final Furlong. Manitoba Jockey Club license LGCA-5630-RF-34975.

Final Furlong is a Manitoba-based charity that helps find good homes for retired racehorses and pony horses. Visit them on Facebook @FinalFurlongCanada.

ENTRY FEE: $50 which you can reduce to zero by predicting three winners on race cards leading up to the tournament. You must have a Manitoba HPI account to participate.

QUALIFY DAILY: Qualify every live race day for a reduced entry fee by picking three winners on the ASD race card. Click here for a list of the current qualifiers as of September 14.

PRIZES: 1st Place: Trip for two to Las Vegas*, 2nd Place: $500, 3rd Place: $250

TOURNAMENT WINNERS: June 27 - Harold Wiens, July 18 - Darcy Penner,
August 8 - Jane Baxter & Peter Colwill (tie), August 29 - Larry Liebrecht.

For more information, tournament rules and qualifying days please email Sheri at

(*The winner of the tournament will be provided $3,500 to book their trip and accommodations to Las Vegas)
Dining at Assiniboia Downs
The Club West Dining Room is open daily at 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. for breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks. 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.
Enjoy our fabulous all-you-can-eat Prime Rib buffet during live racing! Buffet highlights include signature certified Angus prime rib of beef carvery, seafood table featuring jumbo shrimp and salmon, fresh salads and side dishes prepared with locally grown vegetables plus much more!

Complimentary programs and tip sheets are included and the table is yours for the evening. Adults - $47.95, Seniors (65+) - $44.95, Kids 12 & under - $27.95, Kids 5 & under - $14.95 Reservations are required. Call 204-885-3330.

Looking for a more casual dining experience during racing? Tables on the plaza (with a view of the track) are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Choose from the Clubhouse a la carte Race Night Menu. The table is yours for the entire evening of racing. Minimum charge $20 per person.
Friday Top Sirloin Steak - $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.

Saturday BBQ St. Louis Ribs - $24.95 - Smoky charbroiled ribs with our signature BBQ sauce. Served with vegetables and choice of mashed potatoes or french fries. Served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Reservations are not required.
Sunday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m to 8 p.m.
  • Roast Turkey Breast and Leg
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Apple and Sage Stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Carrots, Rutabaga, Peppers and Asparagus in butter
  • $19.95 per person plus taxes
  • Add Pumpkin Pie for $3.95 or Apple Pie for $4.95
  • Reservations are required. Call 204-885-3330
At The Post with G.S. Thompson
Carreno wins Gold Cup and Manitoba Matron
Puts on riding clinic with different styles to win 7 of 15 races
Myopic and jockey Jorge Carreno on their way to victory in the 65th running of the $40,000 Gold Cup on Tuesday night at ASD for trainer Robertino Diodoro. (Jason Halstead photo)
Jockey Jorge Carreno continued to put on a riding clinic this week at the Downs, winning seven of the 15 races run and two of three stakes to increase his win total to 59, putting him 19 wins up on Renaldo Cumberbatch. And he did it with different riding styles.

Carreno kicked off his win spree aboard Spun Line ($3.80) in the second race on Monday night with a wire-to-wire victory in the 41st running of the $40,000 Manitoba Matron for trainer Jared Brown and owners Ira Donald and Kane Kachur. He then won the fourth race with a determined rally aboard Giddy Up Zoey ($4.50) for trainer Ryan Desjarlais before reverting back to his catch-me-if-you-can tactics to win the fifth race with Dixie Mo ($7.90) for trainer Mike Nault and the sixth aboard Marketing King ($5.80) for trainer Jared Brown.
Spun Line and Jorge Carreno winning the 41st running of the $40,000 Manitoba Matron on Monday night for trainer Jared Brown. (Jason Halstead photo)
Carreno continued to win on Tuesday with a wide-speed victory aboard Harrykeepthechange ($5.80) for trainer Jared Brown, but saved his best riding performance of the week for Myopic ($5.50) and trainer Robertino Diodoro in the seventh race, the 65th running of the $40,000 Gold Cup.

Using just enough horse to get to the lead in the traditional 1 1/8-mile championship race for older horses at the Downs, Carreno made sure fellow speed horse and Elite Mercedes Stakes winner Itsthattime couldn’t pressure him early with a tight ride outside that one into the first turn.

Holding a short lead to the final turn, Carreno saved just enough horse for Century Mile shipper Quinto Sol, who came barreling after the favourite midway through the final turn for trainer Tim Rycroft and jockey Enrique Gonzales, duelling to the sixteenth pole with that game rival before drawing out to win by three-quarters of a length.

Manitoba-bred McKague ran one of the best races of his career for trainer Carl Anderson, rallying to finish third under jockey Stanley Chadee Jr., a length behind Quinto Sol and a nose in front of Itsthatime and Chavion Chow in fourth.

The Gold Cup was one of the best races of the year, and the first victory for Myopic and his ownership partners Rick, Clayton and Lana Wiest, Arnold Bennewith, Randy Howg, R6 Stables, Gary Kropp and Norman Tremblay, since breaking his maiden and running second in last year’s Manitoba Derby and Canadian Derby.

Carreno finished out the week with a come-from-behind victory aboard Mermaid Kisses ($13.30) in the first and only race run on Wednesday, and the riding clinic was complete, but he didn’t get all the thunder. Jockey Antonio Whitehall stole a little of his own.
Lucky Chuckee and Antonio Whitehall win the $40,000 J. W. Sifton Stakes at ASD on Tuesday evening for trainer Shelley Brown and ownership partners Anne Champion and breeder Larry Falloon. (George Williams photo)
Whitehall scored a game victory aboard Lucky Chuckee in the 53rd running of the $40,000 J.W. Sifton Stakes for 3-year-old Manitoba foals on Tuesday night. Trained by Shelley Brown for herself and ownership partners Anne Champion and breeder Larry Falloon, Lucky Chuckee forced the pace outside a game Bettermakethattwo and dueled with that one to the sixteenth pole in the 1 1/8-mile race before drawing off to win by 2 3/4-lengths.

Bettermakethattwo gave it everything he had for trainer Larry Cizik and owner Janice Braiden, but Lucky Chuckee was better on this day.

The bay Manitoba-bred gelding by Bird Song-Blazing Sasha by Langfuhr has now earned over $70,000 from a record of 3-0-1 in seven starts including victories in last year’s CTHS Stakes and Buffalo Stakes.

Well done Chuckee!
A Snapshot in Time
By Track Historian Bob Gates
Here’s our second in the series honouring jockeys who topped the leaderboard in the early years of the Downs. This time, it’s a Winnipeg boy who bested all the others. Tommy Stadnyk won the jockey title in 1959 (49 wins), 1960 (49 wins) and 1961 (59 wins) – with all three seasons being 42 days long. He easily surpassed Hugo Dittfach to become the Downs all-time leading rider. (Assiniboia Downs historical photo)
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Photo of the Week
Jockey Antonio Whitehall gives Lucky Chuckee a pat while groom Roy Fedee holds on after winning the 53rd running of the $40,000 J. W. Sifton Memorial on Tuesday night at ASD. (Jason Halstead photo)
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In The News
Four graded stakes highlight Super Saturday at Woodbine on Sept. 17
World class miler Modern Games (Ire) is the 7/5 morning-line favourite for The Rico Woodbine Mile (G1) this Saturday. (Breeders' Cup photo)
Four graded stakes races including The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) will provide plenty of sizzle this Saturday at Woodbine. One of the top one-mile turf races in the world, The Ricoh Woodbine Mile is a ‘Win and You’re In’ event for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and has attracted a solid field of 11 including one of the world’s top rated turf milers in Modern Games (Ire). More from the Canadian Thoroughbred here.
Due to construction at Belmont, racing will be held at Aqueduct until late April
The Belmont Fall meeting will take place at Aqueduct this season. (Coglianese Photos)
After spending most of the past two months frozen in time at historic Saratoga Race Course, the New York Racing Association is taking another trip back to the past.
Now it's 1963 and the days of Kelso all over again.
More from the BloodHorse here.
Carryover Watch
  • Assiniboia Downs (September 19) - Jackpot Pick 5 carryover $412,194
  • Gulfstream (September 16) - Jackpot Pick 6 carryover $247,529

See all carryovers here.

The ASD Jackpot Pick 5 will be paid out on Wednesday, September 28 (if not won prior to.) Current carryover is $412,194.

The ASD Jackpot Hi-5 will be paid out Tuesday, September 27 (if not won prior to.) Current carryover is $14,465.
Top NFL Picks by TravyFootball: Week 2
Bengals over Cowboys (Sunday afternoon): HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS! The worst performance of last week goes to Dallas, and that's saying something because there were a lot of bad performances in week one. The only team in the entire league to not score a touchdown, the Cowboys were dominated by Tom Brady and the Bucs. To make matters worse, starting QB Dak Prescott left the game late in the 4th quarter with an injured thumb. He had surgery on Monday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Enter Cooper Rush, a name I bet 99.9% of people reading this haven’t even heard of, and for good reason, because he really isn’t a great option for Dallas to go with over the next few weeks. I expect them to make a few calls and acquire another QB via a trade.

Joe Burrow had the worst game of his career last week throwing four interceptions, and despite the fact that the Bengals revamped their offensive line in the off season, they still gave up seven sacks. They had a chance to win this game but a blocked extra point at the end of regulation time pushed it to overtime where the Steelers got the victory. Maybe the Bengals are experiencing a little bit of Super Bowl hangover, but I don’t expect Burrow to have another game like that as long as he can stand up straight. 
49ers over Seahawks (Sunday afternoon):  After playing in monsoon like conditions while in Chicago, the 49ers will return to sunny California for their home opener against the surprising 1-0 Seahawks. Trey Lance had a subpar performance against the Bears, and it has already got people talking about how much leash is given to him before considering making the switch back to Jimmy G. I personally think it’s way too soon to go down that road, but Lance definitely has to start proving why he was the 3rd overall draft pick last year. Seattle defeated the Broncos on Monday night thanks in part to some questionable coaching and two goal line stops on 4th down. They weren’t overly impressive, but in this league, it’s hard to get wins, so you take them when you get them.  
Lions over Commanders (Sunday noon): Commanders QB Carson Wentz might be the most erratic quarterback in the entire league. When he throws the ball, anyone on the field is in play to catch it. It might go to a receiver, it might go to a linebacker, it might go to the running back, it might hit the referee in the head, or it might be caught by one of the guys holding the yard sticks on the sideline. Literally everyone is an option. Despite all of that, the Commanders held off a late charge by the Jaguars to get the 28-22 victory last week. They now will travel to Detroit, who also had a late rally, but fell a little short against the Eagles. The Lions seem to be picking up where they left off last year, where despite their terrible record (3-13-1) they put up a fight in a lot of games. Lions QB Jared Goff has to learn to play well for an entire game, not just when they are behind on the scoreboard. 
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Bob's Blog
by ASD Historian Bob Gates

Bob recently sat down with Dr. Norm Elder to chat about his career at the Downs, which dates back to the mid 1960s. At one time Elder owned and trained race horses, then he got into the breeding end of the sport. Three and a half hours into their conversation, Bob realized they had only scratched the surface of Elder's amazing career. Click here to learn everything you wanted to know about ‘Doc’ Elder, but were afraid to ask.
Upcoming events at ASD

  • Together Again - Steve Aoki Concert - Friday, September 16 - more info
  • MICEC Monster Bingo - Saturday, September 17 - more info
  • Live Racing - Monday, September 19 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Live Racing - Tuesday, September 20 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Live Racing - Monday, September 26 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Las Vegas Challenge Handicapping Tournament - Monday, Sept. 26 - more info
  • Live Racing - Tuesday, September 27 - 7:30 p.m. Mandatory payout of the Jackpot Hi-5
  • Final Night of Live Racing - Wednesday, September 28 - 7:30 p.m. Mandatory payout of the ASD Jackpot Pick 5
  • Antique Show - Saturday, October 8 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. - more info
  • Antique Show - Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - more info
  • Thanksgiving Plated Dinner Special - Sunday, October 9 - more info
  • Manitoba Art Expo - Friday, October 21 thru Sunday, October 23 - more info
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