The Inside Track | Issue #93 | August 18, 2023
  • 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?
  • ASD Player Portal
  • Chase the Ace at ASD
  • Las Vegas Challenge Tournament
  • Dining at ASD
  • Chef's Specials
  • Dream Time! Manitoba CTHS Yearling Sale
  • 2023 Yearling Sale Catalogue
  • Snapshot in Time - Already Dia
  • Carryover Watch
  • Dark Horse Bets Download
  • 164th King's Plate on Sunday
  • Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees
  • Bob's Blog - Mr. and Mrs. Racing
  • Upcoming Events
Do the Downs!
Live Racing this Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Jackpot Pick 5 carryover $47,561 (last five races)
  • $50,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 (last four races)
  • New to the races? Be sure to stop by and see Brad and Shannon. They will answer all your questions about racing and wagering.
  • Download the Dark Horse Betting App, open a new account and get $30 in free wagers.
  • Free Family Fun activities every Monday through Sept. 4. Bouncy Castles, face painting, live entertainment. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Free admission and free parking daily.
  • Can't make it to the track? Watch and wager at
  • See full ASD schedule here.
ASD Player Portal
Get all the information on Assiniboia Downs racing in one convenient place! The ASD Player Portal features the following FREE information:

  • Link to watch ASD Live Racing on our YouTube channel
  • ASD Live with Kirt & Stretch
  • Free ASD programs
  • ASD expert picks
  • Horse Racing Nation power picks
  • Charting Horse Value charts
  • Trust The Prophets Monday handicapping live stream
  • Brisnet premium pps
  • Jockey bios
  • Photo finish photos

All of the above information is free of charge and available on the ASD Player Portal.
Win $5,000 by selecting the Ace of Diamonds!

Tickets for Chase the Ace Week #14 are on sale now with a $5,000 Guaranteed Accumulator Jackpot if someone picks the Ace of Diamonds!

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2023 Las Vegas Challenge Handicapping Tournaments

  • Las Vegas Challenge - This Monday, August 21
  • Las Vegas Challenge - Monday, September 18

PRIZES: The tournament winner receives a trip for two to Las Vegas and a trophy (the winner will be provided $3,500 to book their trip to Las Vegas). Second place finisher will receive a $500 deposit to their HPI account, the third place finisher will receive a $250 deposit to their HPI account.

Entry fee into the Las Vegas Challenge is $50 but can be reduced by qualifying on Assiniboia Downs’ race cards leading up to the tournament. To qualify you must select the horse that you think will win each race on the Assiniboia Downs race card. Email your selections for that race night to Sheri at prior to the start of racing. If you select three winners on the race card, your entry fee is reduced to $25. For every other race card that you select three winners on your entry fee is reduced by another $5. 

  • Monday, June 19 - Ron Zurba
  • Monday, July 10 - Murray Chaban
  • Monday, July 31 - Tanis Atras
Club West Gaming Lounge

140 VLTs available daily in our spacious Club West Gaming Lounge from 10 a.m. through 1 a.m. Please note that our VLTs are sanitized between play. Click here for a full list of games available at ASD.

Win CA$H Every Day!

  • Draws to win up to $100 cash on our lucky wheel Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m.

  • Draws for $20 in FREE VLT Spins Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Dining at Assiniboia Downs
Club West Dining Room & Lounge Open Daily

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks plus Happy Hour food and beverage specials in our Club West Dining Room & Lounge! Open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

  • Club West Dining Room & Lounge menu
  • Daily Happy Hour specials
Chef's Weekend Specials
Friday Steak & Suds $24.95: 8 oz. Sirloin steak charbroiled and seasoned with our smoky dry rub. Served with fresh vegetables and a choice of mashed potatoes or french fries. Plus a complimentary pint of ASD Lucky Lager.

Saturday Prime & Wine $29.95: Certified Angus Prime Rib (8 oz. cut.) Served with fresh vegetables and a choice of mashed potatoes or french fries, horseradish, and Yorkshire pudding au jus. Plus a complimentary 6 oz. glass of house wine.

Sunday Fish & Chips $14.95: Two pieces of beer battered cod with tartar sauce and lemon. Served with french fries and coleslaw.

Add a starter Caesar salad, tossed salad or soup of the day to any of the above specials for $3.95. Served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are not required.
Live Racing Buffets

Our renowned all-you-can-eat Prime Rib Buffet is booking up fast for the remainder of the live racing season. Make your reservation today!

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.

Rotating entree selections of tender grilled chicken, crispy fried fish, sticky BBQ ribs, roasted meats and artisan sausages. Dessert table features warm fresh baked pies and your choice of ice cream plus cheesecakes, tortes and our famous bourbon bacon brownie.

The table is yours for the entire evening and includes racing programs and tip sheets.

Adults - $49.95, Seniors (65+) - $46.95, Kids 12 & under - $29.95, Kids 5 & under - $16.95

Reservations are required. Call 204-885-3330. Click here for our 2023 racing schedule.
At The Post with G.S. Thompson
38 yearlings up for sale on Sunday, August 20
Justlemmeatem, a 2-year-old Manitoba-bred bay gelding by Vengeful Wildcat-Siphon Vice by Siphon, wins the 35th running of the $40,000 CTHS Sales Stakes on Monday at ASD for trainer Devon Gittens, owner/breeder Dr. Betty Hughes, and groom Skyla Blanchard. Renaldo Cumberbatch up. (Jason Halstead photo)
It’s dream time again!

The annual Manitoba CTHS Yearling Sale takes place on Sunday, August 20 at 2:30 p.m. on the Red River Ex Grounds. Thirty-eight yearlings by 10 sires from 20 different consignors will go on the auction block on Sunday, and you can view all of them starting on Saturday, August 19 at 10 a.m.

Everyone will be looking for another Escape Clause ($866,100 earnings, $5,000 purchase price), Fancy As ($670,092, $3,200) or Hidden Grace ($309,671, $15,000), and there may very well be one. Or more!
Manitoba-bred 3-year-old gelding Private Frank (Going Commando-Inspeightofsuccess by Speightstown) has won four in a row including the $40,000 Frank Arnason Memorial Sire Stakes for trainer Tom Gardipy, Jr. and owners Jerry Lambert and Lynn Mathews. Ronald Ali up. (Jason Halstead photo)
The performances of more recently raced bargains such as Frank Arnason Memorial Sire Stakes winner Private Frank (Going Commando), who was a $1,000 buyback in the 2021 sale; R. C Anderson Memorial Stakes winner Russian Pearl (Nonios), who could have been had for $1,000 in the same sale; and CTHS Sales Stakes winner Justlemmeatem (Vengeful Wildcat), who was only bid up to $3,500 in the 2022 sale; are sure to generate even more attention among buyers.

Three-year-olds Private Frank and Russian Pearl have already earned over $50,000 and 2-year-old Justlemmeatem has earned over $30,000 in his first year at the track.
Manitoba-bred 3-year-old filly Russian Pearl (Nonios-Russian Jewel by Wildcat Heir) wins the $40,000 R.C. Anderson Memorial Stakes for trainer Devon Gittens, owner-breeder Larry Falloon and ownership partner Ron Wiley. Damario Bynoe up. (Jason Halstead photo)
Proven Manitoba sire Nonios leads all stallions in the sale with 16 yearlings, followed by new sire Speculating with eight. Additional sires with more than one yearling in the sale include Kentucky Bear (4 yearlings) Vengeful Wildcat (3) and Souper Speedy (2). Speculating’s first crop of weanlings were real beauties, and they have apparently become even better looking as yearlings.

Fourteen of the yearlings have black type in the first dam, but there a number that have some hidden gems in their overall pedigrees, and of course there are some cool names like Prairie Thunder (Hip #8), Amma Jaw Dropper (Hip #14), Smarticus (Hip #19), Terrible Tillie (Hip #29), Born In a Blizzard (Hip #33) and our personal favourite, Rugged Rooster (Hip #28).
The winning team behind Monday's 2023 CTHS Sales Stakes winner Justlemmeatem. L to R: Frank Johnson, owner/breeder Dr. Betty Hughes, jockey Renaldo Cumberbatch and trainer Devon Gittens. (Jason Halstead photo)
If we’ve learned anything from previous local yearling sales, it’s that Manitoba breeding and racing bonuses make everyone who purchases a Manitoba-bred a winner, and name players have just as good a shot of picking a stakes winner as the pros.

Horses can fool you.
2023 CTHS Sales Stakes winner Justlemmeatem leaves the winner's circle with groom Skyla Blanchard after his big win on Monday at ASD. (Jason Halstead photo.)

  • Sunday, August 20th at 2:30 p.m.
  • Red River Ex grounds
  • Click here for full catalogue
  • For more information contact Jill at the CTHS Office. Call 204-832-1702 or email CTHS
Carryover Watch
  • Woodbine (August 20) - Jackpot Hi-5 carryover $337,493. Mandatory payout on Sunday, August 20.
  • Gulfstream (August 18) - Jackpot Pick 6 carryover $324,700
  • Laurel Park (August 20) - End of meet mandatory payout of all carryover pools
  • Woodbine (August 18) - Jackpot Pick 6 carryover $63,301. Mandatory payout on Sunday, August 20.

See all carryovers here.
Can't make it to the track to wager?
Watch and wager at one of our off-track betting locations:

"I Won Bigg" Wagering Group

The "I Won Bigg" wagering group will be playing Assiniboia Downs every Wednesday. $20 per share. Email Larry at for more information.

Special King's Plate group session: Sunday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse. Everyone is welcome!
A Snapshot in Time
by Track Historian Bob Gates
Over the next several weeks we are going to salute previous winners of the Gold Cup. The winner of the 8th running of the Cup will kick things off. On August 2, 1965, Already Dia whipped a solid field while carrying a massive 128 pounds. No previous winner of the race had ever been asked to haul that kind of impost 1 1/8-miles. Jockey “Dickie” Armstrong was aboard for the ride with the connections gathering in the special winner’s circle located in the infield for the presentation ceremonies. (Bob Barnes Photo)
Kalik is tabbed as the 3-1 morning-line favourite; card also features the Dance Smartly, Catch a Glimpse and Soaring Free Stakes
Seventeen sophomores, including Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser winner Elysian Field, and Plate Trial victor Paramount Prince, both trained by dual hall of famer Mark Casse, will contest the $1 million King’s Plate, first leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, highlighting an outstanding stakes-filled Sunday card of racing at Woodbine. More from the Canadian Thoroughbred here.
The 47th Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame ceremony was on August 9 and new members for 2022 and 2023 were welcomed
Current and new members of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame at the 2023 and 2022 induction ceremony on August 9. (New Image Media Photo)
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame formally inducted the 16 members that were elected for the classes of 2022 and 2023 at the Induction Gala on Wednesday night (August 9th) at the Mississauga Convention Centre. This was the 47th year of the Canadian Hall of Fame. More from the Canadian Thoroughbred here.
Bob's Blog
by ASD Historian Bob Gates
Mr. and Mrs. Racing bought and sold Assiniboia Downs twice. This husband and wife team helped to shape the future of the Downs more than any other individuals. It's quite possible that the Downs’ very existence would have been doomed without them. Click here to learn more about the people who were front and center holding the Downs together when times were tough. 
Upcoming events at ASD
  • Spin to Win in the Club West Gaming Lounge - Monday to Friday - more info
  • Lucky Spins - Draws for $20 in free VLT Spins - Friday to Sunday - more info
  • ASD Live Racing Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. - more info
  • Free Family Fun Nights Mondays in August through Sept. 4 - more info
  • CTHS Yearling Sale (Red River Ex Grounds) - Sunday, August 20 - more info
  • Canadian Derby from Century Mile - Saturday, August 26 - more info
  • Manitoba Night Market & Festival - Sunday, August 27 - more info
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