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This article was published 20/8/2013 (1404 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
How’s your intuition?
It’s time to put on your psychic hat — You could win some nice prizes by entering my contest to predict the top selling price for yearlings being sold at the annual horse auction Sun., Aug. 25 behind the grandstand at Assiniboia Downs.
If you’re correct or closest to being correct (without going over), you’ll win $100 cash plus Assiniboia Downs clothing and merchandise (your choice, up to $50) and a buffet for two on a race night of your choice. What’s more, if your entry is the winner and you’re also in attendance at the sale, your $100 will be doubled to $200.
So, what’s your prediction? Note: Also indicate what you think the total in sales will be. That amount will be used only to break a tie if one or more entries is correct.
Email your entry to: contests@ASDowns.com by Sunday at noon. Be sure to include your sales topper prediction and your total sales prediction.
Last year, the sales topper was $31,000 and the total sales were $146,800. The year before, the sales topper was $17,500 and total sales were $136,300. And, in 2010, total sales were $146,700. And, in 2009, $96,800. Thirty-five babies will be led into the ring. There were 40 last year.
Never watched a yearling sale? It’s fun, so bring out the family for something different. The sale begins at 2:30 p.m. Park behind the Downs grandstand. You’ll see the youngsters being led into the sales ring, hear their whinnying and hear the auctioneer’s rapid-tongued delivery as the bidding wars ensue. A $10 buffet will be available.
All of the yearlings were bred in Manitoba and the sale is sponsored by the Manitoba division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS). Locally-bred horses are eligible for bigger racing purses and special stakes races, the biggest of which is the $50,000 Buffalo Stakes.
You could actually make Sunday a full day of horseplay by coming out in the morning for the final barn tour of the season. You’ll get to visit the press box, judge’s stand, jockeys’ quarters and horses in the barns, with a trainer answering your questions.
That will be topped off with a hearty lunch in the backstretch kitchen. All of this is just $10. It begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. You can sign up at the Guest Services counter at the track when you’re there during live racing Wednesday, Friday or Saturday at 7 p.m., or phone 204-885-3330.