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This article was published 10/9/2014 (2520 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Excitement at Assiniboia Downs went up a notch on Labour Day with the appearance of popular Saulteaux actor Adam Beach and the hoisting of the Peguis First Nation flag in the infield — both of which herald a bright future filled with many possibilities.
For one, television and film star Beach was so impressed with the race track ambiance, he was talking about shooting a film or TV series that would include the track as a backdrop. And he said the racetrack is the place he wants to launch a venture or two in May next year, the beginning of the 2015 racing season.
And, of course, Peguis First Nation is now partners with the Manitoba Jockey Club with plans to build two hotels and commercial and conference space — and has its hopes set on constructing a full-fledged casino.
The day felt like a rebirth of Assiniboia Downs. Added to the star power was one of the biggest races of the season, the $50,000 Matron for the best fillies and mares on the grounds (won by Edmonton invader Tempered Sapphire), and even hard-bitten veterans were talking about the feel-good vibe of one of Winnipeg’s oldest institutions, "born" in 1958.
Only seven days of live racing remain — but important ones — including the $50,000 Gold Cup this Saturday which features the rubber match between the titans of the track, Balooga Bull and Magic D’ Oro, each of whom have won two races in four match-ups. Bragging rights for the winner will be huge.
Also, I’m hosting a "get paid to play the races" seminar next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the track. The idea is to promote the fun and value of playing races Vegas-style through the fall and winter after live racing ends. Everyone who signs up receives $20 and only has to return the money if he or she at least doubles the $20 during group play. To sign up, phone 204-885-3330 ext. 0. With all the tracks available to play these days, patient players do have a chance to make money — and that’s what this seminar intends to show.
So racing continues Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. (with the seminar squeezed in next Thurs., Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.) and concludes on Sun., Sept. 21. And oh yeah, those last few days will include fan appreciation perks!
At the Races
Ivan Bigg is a railbird and handicapper at Assiniboia Downs.