09/28/2012 3:22PM

Assinboia average daily handle down 8 percent

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Assiniboia Downs has reported an all-sources daily average handle of $138,962 on its live product, a decrease of 8.7 percent from last year’s $151,097, for the 59-day meeting that ended last Sunday.

Total all-sources handle was $8,198,785, down by 7.8 percent from last year’s $8,896,330.

The average field size was 6.9, down from 7.5 last year.

◗ The jockeys’ race came right down to the wire this year with Paul Nolan emerging victorious by a 76-75 count over Jennifer Reid. Rohan Singh was three wins back in third.

Shelley Brown, with 48 winners, was the leading trainer. Ardell Sayler finished second with 40 wins and Chad Torevell was third with 37.

K-5 Stable led all owners with 18 wins and earnings of $241,775. Off 2 Win and Ardell Sayler finished second in races won with 16 and purses with $151,866.

Dance to Win won the most races of any horse at the meeting with a 6-for-9 mark.

But, the undisputed equine star of the 2012 Assiniboia Downs meeting was Balooga Bull, who banked $120,221 with his five wins including romps in the Manitoba Derby and Gold Cup.