Historic Sites of Manitoba: Assiniboia Downs (3975 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

This horseracing track and grandstand on Portage Avenue on the west side of Winnipeg was established in 1958. Businessman Robert James “Jim” Speers had wanted to build a facility that had more space than was available at his original Polo Park racetrack. He agreed to sell the Polo Park land for development of a shopping mall on the condition that it remain in use for racing for two seasons, 1955 and 1956, while he searched for a new site.

Speers never saw his plans come to fruition. He died suddenly, of a heart attack, in July 1955. The task of finalizing plans for the development of Assiniboia Downs fell to his daughter Anna Meldred Speers.

Assiniboia Downs

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89192, W97.32561
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Polo Park Racetrack / Polo Park Shopping Centre (1485 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: Robert James “Jim” Speers (1882-1955)

Memorable Manitobans: Anna Meldred Speers (1908-1996)


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2023

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