Wagering per race at the 2023 Assiniboia Downs meeting was up and Gourneau and Whitehall take trainer and jockey titles.
Kentucky-bred colt is first Manitoba Derby winner for longtime leading Assiniboia Downs owner Henry Witt, Jr.
The Winnipeg track's opening day saw champion jock Jorge Carreno take the first race, large crowds and enthusiastic wagering.
The 2020 leading rider at the Winnipeg track will focus on Assiniboia this year after splitting his time in Alberta in 2021.
Winnipeg track changes course due to COVID-19 pandemic and cyber meeting, and while difficult, yields big wagering numbers on shortened season.
Melisandre, a full sister to 2019 champion Hidden Grace, and Freezing Jimmy both capture stakes races this week at Assiniboia in Winnipeg.
Jockey Antonio Whitehall has certainly made a statement in Winnipeg, winning at 29% of his races at Assiniboia, 36 wins from 126 mounts.