Assiniboia Downs not thrown off stride by steady challenge; posts near record wagering and high attendance as restriction free season concludes

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada, September 28, 2022 - Assiniboia Downs has completed the 2022 meet with the second highest total wagering handle in the track's history. The track wagered $55,326,730 over the 50-day meet, which was second only to the wagering recorded in 2020.

The final card of the 2022 season finished with $2,448,634 in wagering. The night included the mandatory payout of the ASD Jackpot Pick 5 pool which started with a $535,091 carryover. The total pick 5 pool reached over $2 million and returned $1,434 for each $1 share. 

Trainer Jerry Gourneau, who hails from Belcourt, North Dakota, continued his winning ways in the trainer ranks by scoring his fourth training title in the past five years. Veteran jockey Jorge Carreno of Cocula, Guerrero, Mexico, once again dominated in the saddle enroute to back-to-back titles. And, for the second year in a row, he did it in wire-to-wire fashion.

"To conclude this season with the positive results we achieved is a true testament to the team we have out here working for us, and the will and determination of the horsepeople involved at all levels,” said Assiniboia Downs CEO Darren Dunn.

"It seemed challenge followed us throughout 2022. We lost our Board Chair, Harvey Warner, unexpectedly during spring training and then saw a long winter and late wet spring force our hand to adjust the racing calendar. Add a lightning storm and a track lighting outage that caused further cancelled races that had to be made up and it was a live race meet that will not soon be forgotten."

"We are also so appreciative of the strong fan support we received when we were finally able to open restriction free for the first time in years."

Assiniboia Downs is open year-round for daily simulcast wagering on the top tracks from around the world, including the Breeders' Cup on November 4th & 5th. 140 VLTs are available for play each day from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. with a Sirloin Steak Special on Friday nights and our renowned Prime Rib on Saturday nights. Details at

The schedule for the 2023 live thoroughbred season is confirmed and opening day will be Monday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.


For more information contact:

Darren Dunn

Chief Executive Officer

Assiniboia Downs