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Assiniboia Downs

Assiniboia Downs is a horse-racing track in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It opened in 1958, at Portage Avenue.

History of Assiniboia Downs

1957 – Preparations to establish the horse racing venue started with a seating capacity of 5,000 spectators on September 1957. It took seven weeks to complete construction.

1958 – The Assiniboia Downs replaced the former Polo Park Racetrack on June 10, 1958, which was demolished for Polo Park Shopping Centre.

1987 – Videon Cable-TV and Westman Cable’s application to the CRTC to telecast live horse racing from Assiniboia Downs was approved on December 1987.

1988 – Videon Cable-tv began telecasting Assiniboia Downs live harness racing to allow off-track betting via telephone (Telephone Account Betting) on January 23, 1988.

1997 – The Assiniboia Downs is the home of the annual Manitoba Derby, a non-graded stakes event for 3-year-olds that has been held since 1997.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Main Track
    • The track surface is conventional dirt.
    • The track Size is 6.5 Furlongs oval.
    • 1⅛-furlong chute.
    • The width of the track is 80 ft (24 m).
    • 150 ha (360 acres) of land.
    • It has a seating capacity of 5,000 spectators.

Other Facilities


  • 🐎Club West Dining & Lounge
    • It is located on the 2nd level.
    • It can be accessed from the Club West Gaming Lounge or Race Book areas.
    • It is open daily from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM.
  • 🐎Happy Hour
    • It is open daily from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM to close.
    • It is not available during live racing.
  • 🐎Live Racing Dining
    • It is open every live racing from Monday to Wednesday at 7:30 PM.
    • It is located at the Plaza dining.
    • It offers VIP tables.

Rooms and Amenities

  • 🐎Terrace Dining Room
    • It is located on the second level of the complex.
    • It provides premier seating and dining.
  • 🐎Finish Line Banquet Room
    • It can accommodate private banquet facilities for 30 to 300 guests.
    • It is located on the lower level.
  • 🐎Club West Restaurant & Gaming Lounge
    • It is located on the second level of the complex.
    • It features a 500-seat restaurant and bar,
    • It has a 140 VLT gaming lounge and a Las Vegas-style televised racing area open 365 days a year.
  • 🐎Main Floor
    • It measures 25,000 square feet.
    • It can accommodate up to 1,500 guests, depending on the event.
  • 🐎Third Floor
    • It measures 16,000 square feet.
    • It has several functions that can accommodate 1,000 people.
    • It also provides outdoor access with a good view of the track.
  • 🐎Parking Lot, Tarmac & Infield Area
    • It can be utilized for any large-scale event, including but not limited to concerts and festivals.
  • 🐎Trackside Patio or Track view Gallery
    • Guests can watch the horses down the track from a semi-private area.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races

Assiniboia Downs Race Schedule

Racing Events at Assiniboia Downs

      • 🐴Manitoba Derby (1 1/8 miles)
      • 🐴Manitoba Oaks (1 mile)
      • 🐴C.T.H.S. Sale Stake (6 furlongs)
      • 🐴Gold Cup (1 1/8 miles)
      • 🐴Manitoba Mile (1 mile)
      • 🐴Winnipeg Futurity (6 furlongs)

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • The Assiniboia Downs is a Canadian racetrack in Winnipeg, Manitoba, operated by the Manitoba Jockey Club.
  • It is in the Winnipeg suburb of St. James-Assiniboia, on the city’s western edge, near the intersection of the Perimeter Highway and Portage Avenue.


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