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Assiniboia Downs’ Leading Trainer Ardell Sayler Did It His Way Til the End

Ardell Sayler did it his way until the very end. The twelve-time leading Assiniboia Downs trainer was rushed from the Winnipeg track to the hospital on Sunday, May 26, 2019, but it was too late. The big man from Rapid City, SD had died from apparent heart failure at the age of 66. Ardell’s wife of 48 ½-years, Janet, was at the hospital, and gently removed the wedding ring from her husband’s finger. She placed it on a necklace he’d designed especially for her decades earlier. “I wanted him to always be close to my heart,” she said, unable to hold back the tears. “He was my whole life.” The night before he died, Ardell had won his first two races of the 2019 season, and the last winner of his life had left him in a reflective mood. “He was singing our wedding vows to me,” said Janet. “He…

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