Bored? Play the racing game with your family


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This article was published 31/05/2021 (732 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Running out of things to do as a family during COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions?

Think again. You can play the exciting horse-racing game free at home by having each family member pick the winner of seven races running at the Downs (spectator-free) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Simply go to and click on live racing or watch MTS channels 179-180.

You can get clues on the winner by watching the horses in the post parade and by listening to the three ASD analysts between the races. Also, note you can have a race program delivered free to your residence simply by calling 204-885-3330, ext. 225 the day before the races.

Coady Photography Manitoba-owned Real Grace is named Horse of the Year in Alberta after winning $100,000 Canadian Derby at 18-1.

That’s right, there’s no charge.

At the end of each night of racing, who in your family has picked the most winners? Is there someone in the family who has knack for “reading” a horse’s body language?

Of course, you can also bet on the races on your phone or computer by signing up at

There’s a sensational deal happening right now that makes a month of wagering risk-free. If you wager $120 within a month, $120 gets deposited back into your account at the end of that period, win or lose. That allows you to test your wagering smarts without risking a cent.

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Good news from Alberta! Real Grace, the colt trained by Assiniboia Downs trainer Shelley Brown, who is fighting stage four cancer, has been named Alberta’s 2020 Horse of the Year.

“I’m very happy,” Brown said from Assiniboia Downs about the horse she says gave her the will to live last fall when he won the $100,000 Canadian Derby in Edmonton at handsome odds of 18-1, when she was given only months to live.

Long time Winnipeg horse-owner Jean McEwen had given Brown the challenge of finding a talented horse for around $35,000 at a Florida sale the previous year – which made the horse’s victory especially sweet.

“It’s like night and day,” Brown said of the way she feels today compared to several months ago. She attributes a dog de-wormer she ingests daily for helping reduce a grapefruit-sized tumor (recommended by other cancer-sufferers) and a new cancer drug, Ibrance, works like chemotherapy to help stop cancer growth.

The one-time leading trainer gets up at 4:30 a.m. each day to tend to 27 horses.

“I don’t know whether I have a day, a week, a month, five years, 10 years or 50 years, to live,” the 48-year-old says, “so I just make the most of each moment.”

Money used to be the driving force in her life. Now, she says, “Life is all about making memories – not money.”

Ivan Bigg

Ivan Bigg
At the Races

Ivan Bigg is a railbird and handicapper at Assiniboia Downs.

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