A night at the races - Assiniboia Downs
Last month my parents invited us to go to Assiniboia Downs to watch horse races with them. It's a bit of an odd place... even the website address is "asdowns" which strikes me as funny. The track was built in 1958, and it has a fun retro feel to it. The kids were excited to see horses (Soren from afar) and they caught on to the betting aspect quickly. Tyler's the lucky one in our family... he won $50 off the first race!
There were more people than appear in the photos, and it was a beautiful summer night. Our only disappointment was the dining situation. My parents had invited my grandparents, sister and niece as well, and we hoped to eat dinner together in the dining room overlooking the track. Unfortunately, when we arrived with three kids in tow, we were told that kids were not allowed in the dining room as it was adjacent to VLT's. We were relegated to a table in a sad-looking hallway - a spot lacking views and ambiance.
After dinner Poppy enjoyed seeing the horses up close - one of them was sooo friendly and loved to be petted. And for a non-gambler, horse racing is surprisingly fun! I bet $2 on a horse based solely on the name - and won a whopping $7! I was thrilled. After a few races it was time to get home for the kids bedtimes, but we walked away having made more money than our food cost, so it was a win in my books.