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Assiniboia Downs opened in 1958 as a replacement for Polo Park. It features a six and a half furlong oval, with an open air grandstand that seats 4,000 and room for another 1,000 in the turf club. The stables can house 600 horses. Assiniboia is the only commercial track in Manitoba.

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Live racing is held from May to September with the Manitoba Derby as the headline event, the facility offers a slot parlor with simulcasting that's open year round. Small fields are the norm, but they do allow show betting on four horse fields. In the early years at Assiniboia a winter harness meet was run, but that was discontinued a while back.

In 1970, as part of a celebration in Winnipeg, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip attended the running of the Manitoba Derby. The Queen who passed away in 2022, had a stable of horses and was an avid horse lover..