Effective Monday, July 18, 2022, purses at Assiniboia Downs have been increased across the board. The highlights include a 25% increase in maiden special weight races to $20,000 and a 20% hike for open allowance heats for $24,000 while the new minimum purse for 'open' stakes races has been raised to $40,000.
“Our community of owners, trainers and jockeys continue to be so supportive of the racing program here,” said Darren Dunn, CEO of the Winnipeg, Manitoba-area track. “We are happy to be in a position that we can introduce these increases to the purses. We fully appreciate what it takes to put on a season of competitive racing and we look forward to continuing to work together to deliver the best show we possibly can.”
The track reports better than 60% wagering growth in the furst part of the season. According to a release, competitive racing along with reduced takeouts and the free Player Portal have been attributed to that success.
Assiniboia Downs races nightly Monday through Wednesday. The track stages the Manitoba Derby Aug. 1.