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Assiniboia Alters Schedule, Stakes As a result of Quarantine


Assiniboia Downs publicizes a short lived change to its racing schedule for the rest of the meet resulting from proactive measures taken in response to a latest equine well being concern.

Beginning the week of July 15, racing will shift to a two-day Monday-Tuesday schedule till August 12, after which the common three-day Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday schedule will resume.

Following the identification and rapid containment of a single case of an equine virus, the barns at Assiniboia Downs have been positioned below quarantine to forestall any additional unfold. Whereas this quarantine permits horses to proceed racing, it restricts any new horses from coming into or leaving the barn space. This limitation will ultimately pressure the horse provide, prompting the choice to regulate the racing schedule to make sure that horses obtain enough relaxation between begins throughout this era and that the typical discipline dimension stays on the highest stage for wagering.

Darren Dunn, CEO of Assiniboia Downs, said: “It is vitally unlucky to have this occur however we’re more than happy it was addressed immediately. We notice that it’s nonetheless an ongoing problem with the quarantine however we’re assured that there won’t be any additional circumstances after the whole horse inhabitants was freshly examined and all returned with damaging outcomes, indicating no extra circumstances. A second and last check of all horses in late July will elevate the quarantine ought to the outcomes stay damaging. No matter how disruptive that is, the well being and welfare of our equine athletes should come first. We recognize the assist and cooperation of our horse folks and followers as we navigate by this.”

Regardless of the preliminary dip in common discipline sizes following the quarantine, Assiniboia Downs has seen a robust restoration and is dedicated to creating additional changes to alleviate stress on the horses and maintain wholesome discipline sizes.

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The observe has skilled a 7.7% enhance in wagering this yr, with a powerful 14% acquire when excluding the quarantine’s first week.

The ASD Jackpot Choose 5 is now at $279,062 and rising. The Downs can be providing a $50,000 assured Choose 4 and lately launched Rolling Doubles which have confirmed extremely popular.

To keep up the integrity of the racing calendar, the dates faraway from the present schedule will probably be added to the tip of the season, with the ultimate day of racing now set for September 24, making certain a complete of fifty race dates all through the season.

For extra data on the racing schedule and handicapping instruments, please go to the brand new ASDowns.com.

2024 Western Canadian Derby Sequence Revised

The Western Canadian Derby Sequence, beforehand involving the $125,000 Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs, the $200,000 Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Century Mile racetrack in Edmonton, and the $125,000 Grade 3 B.C. Derby at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver has been revised to now take away the Manitoba Derby for the 2024 race season as a result of continued federal quarantine of the backstretch barn space of Assiniboia Downs.

A mid-June discovery of equine infectious anemia (EIA) that contaminated one horse at Assiniboia Downs triggered the quarantine by the Canadian Meals & Inspection Company (CFIA). Although each horse within the barn space subsequently examined damaging, a forty five day quarantine of the realm was imposed and can proceed till the whole equine stock is examined once more. A continued damaging consequence will finally elevate the quarantine. 

“The second and last coggins testing is presently scheduled for Monday, July 29 with outcomes proposed to be launched on Friday, August 2. Entry date for the $125,000 Manitoba Derby is Thursday, August 1. As there may be not certainty to the outcomes, date of launch of that data, and the lifting of the present quarantine, it’s only accountable to take away our race from the sequence this yr and modify the bonus alternatives stated Assiniboia Downs CEO Darren Dunn regretfully. We’re nonetheless hopeful that entries for the Manitoba Derby will probably be sturdy, however we’ve to acknowledge that within the unlikely state of affairs of one other horse testing optimistic for EIA or any delay within the elimination of the quarantine, that entry to the backstretch for horses not already on the property will probably be denied.”

The elimination of the Manitoba Derby will now see the sequence decreased to the Canadian and B.C. Derbies and as such the earlier $100,000 three leg sweep alternative has additionally been discontinued. Nevertheless, of essential observe, the $25,000 Proprietor/Coach Level System Bonus will stay in place.

“Although we’re understandably dissatisfied by the unlucky absence of the Manitoba Derby and the way it has affected our sequence, all events agreed that it was essential to nonetheless acknowledge and reward the valued homeowners and trainers who will compete within the remaining two races with the participation and results-based bonus system that was initially provided,” stated Allen Goodsell, Racing Supervisor, Century Casinos.

This press launch has not been edited by BloodHorse. If there are any questions please contact the group that produced the discharge.

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