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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ajax Downs Selections June 25

We are back again at Ajax Downs with an eight race card this week. The feature is the finale, a $20,000 QROOI Overnight Series race for Ontario Sired maidens. Here are my selections for this week's card.

Race 1: 6-3-4
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #6 PASSUM LANE broke slowly and trailed throughout in his 2017 debut last week. He had a good season last year and catches a reasonable field; he just needs to break well. #3 RICH AND ON FIRE was beaten less than a length in his seasonal debut but broke poorly last time out. Last year his speed indexes were consistently in the 80s and he does look like the one to beat. #4 MISS HER MADLY was a troubled sixth last time out. She did have a second place finish to The Dominyunator last year and she may improve as she gains more experience. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 4-1-6
This race kicks off the early Pick 3. #4 COLE MINER has been in contention in each of his three starts this year, with a close fourth and two thirds. He has beat a lot of these horses in the past and could get the job done today. #1 CHANNELISLANDSFLYER has been right there in each of his three starts this year. He had some very good runs along the rail last year including a win and a second behind Storytime Blue. He should be competitive once again. #6 ARCTIC FAME is three for three this year. He was a winner at 110 yards over champion One Kool Wave last week and makes a quick return here.

Race 3: 5-8-2
#5 CHUGGINTON kicked off the season with a close second behind U.S. invader Swingin Bear. He likes 300 yards and hopefully will break well. #8 JIMMY BOYZ CARTEL was a winner in an restricted NW2 in his 2017 debut but got a rough trip two weeks later. He should be much more competitive with a clean run. #2 ROCKIN MISS KITTY did not show much in her debut. She was claimed out of that race and takes a big drop in class here.

Race 4: 4-6-1
This race begins the $0.20 Pick 4! #4 THE FLASH DRIVE raced well against very solid horses in his first two starts as a juvenile. He won his final start of the season easily and has raced well in both of his starts so far this year. #6 EYESA WILD BOY finished second, as he likes to do, behind The Dominyunator last time out. He had a very good run going 350 yards last year where he was second behind Memory Of Jay and probably would have won if not for a stumble at the start. #1 LIME KILN LANE broke his maiden on July 21 and now makes his return. He's lightly raced so the potential to keep improving is still there.

Race 5: 6-3-7
#6 STOLE MY VINO showed a bit of potential to be alright as a two year old. She made her three year old debut in the AQHA Challenge Maiden trials but did not show much. She may improve second off the layoff. #3 KOOL DASHIN BABE had a couple of okay runs in Louisiana last year. She finished an okay fifth in her Ajax debut three weeks ago and may be better now that she has experience over the track. #7 HELLO STOLI broke slowly in his Ajax debut on May 28 and finished last but was beaten only a length for everything. He's another with potential to improve a bit.

Race 6: 4-6-5
#4 KONA CORONA showed some talent in his first two starts but broke poorly in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity to end the season. He came back and edged out Rouge River Cartel for a win on May 28th and is one of several to consider here. #6 FAST BUCK raced well consistently last year, with runs against Stakes horses like Country Boy 123 in his lines. He was a non factor in the Picov Maturity last week behind Country Boy 123. He should be far more competitive here. #5 JESS KISS MY DASH is a full brother to Jesskissmytexas. He's a horse who seems to attract bad luck more often than you'd like but isn't un-talented by any means. He has had two sharp gate workouts prepping for his 2017 debut. The late Pick 3 begins here.

Race 7: 6-2-5
The Late Double starts here. #6 FURR SHEAR made his debut on June 4 with a sharp second behind American import Miss Dock Hill, who came back to be third against NW2 last week. He could be tough second time out. #2 FAST STREAKIN NICK has been second by a neck in both of his local starts, both against respectable foes. He seems to like it here. #5 GRABIN COURAGE was third on debut behind Hickerson, who later finished second in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. He returned on May 28 for his season debut with a second place finish behind Agustoarnot where he veered inwards sharply. This group looks a bit tougher than his previous start.

Race 8: 8-1-9
Today's feature is a $22,000 QROOI Overnight series race for Ontario Sired maidens. #8 YOURNOTTHEBOSSOFME has worked three times from the gate since May and makes his debut here. He is out of Go Smashing Baby, a champion mare who raced here from 2003 to 2007, won several Stakes races and 27 of 39 starts. Hopefully this gelding has some of that talent. #1 DASHING OUT OF VEGAS, a full brother to Home to Vegas, showed nothing to get excited about last year. He did show improvement in his 2017 debut, finishing second in a speed index race, and now gets to take a shot here. #9 ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOMIN BY comes off of a pair of runner up finishes, most recently between Flirt With the Boyz and Two Kool To Wave, both who I think are respectable horses. She seems much better now than she was last year.
 
Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Ajax Downs Selections June 18

It's Sunday which means it's race day at Ajax Downs and do we ever have a stacked card today. 10 races on tap today, with two trials to the John Deere Juvenile Challenge, the first legs of the QROOI Sprint and Distance series races going 110 and 350 yards respectively, the AQHA Challenge Maiden final and the $58,000 Picov Maturity featuring a terrific group of older horses. There are sure to be many exciting races today, definitely worth tuning in for. Here are my selections for today's card.

Race 1: 5-4-1
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #5 PASSUM LANE wrapped up 2016 with a very good second in a Speed Index race. He was in the top three in seven of 10 starts last year and should fit with this group. #4 IAMASWEETMAN was beaten a head by Jimmy Boyz Cartel on May 14, a solid seasonal bow. Although only one for 30 in his career he is capable of grabbing cheques. #1 GRABIN AWARDS faced good fields in his final two starts of 2016, both third place finishes. He has worked well preparing for this season. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 4-5-6
This is the first trial to the John Deere Regional Juvenile Challenge. #4 LETHAL PYC is a son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon out of Lethal Pyc, a restricted Grade 1 winner and multiple open Grade 1 placed earner of over $450,000 US. He has improved in his workouts. #5 DIANE DYNAMITE raced well on debut at Indiana. She is a sister to several decent horses including Grade 3 placed Aberdonian. #6 CARENEROS leads the field in experience, racing three times already at Remington, showing some promise before being claimed for $25,000. The experience edge may make him the one to beat.

Race 3: 4-2-5
This is the second trial to the John Deere Regional Juvenile Challenge. #4 ZOOMN BLUE is a full brother to the ultra consistent Eyesa Zoomn. He has had a few gate works preparing for his debut. #2 ISLAND VODKA was beaten less than a length in her debut at Remington where she was bumped at the start. She could be tough with a clean start. #5 SILKY SENATOR has made two starts at Remington, both good third place efforts. She broke very well in her most recent start and is another who looks very threatening today. Pick 3 wagering is offered here.

Race 4: 1-6-4
This race kicks off the $.20 Pick 4! #1 WINNER ON A LARK caught a tough field and got a rough trip in her seasonal debut three weeks back. She gets in easier here and tends to race well from the rail. #6 NO CERVEZA FOR YOU dropped into a Speed Index race and beat a field that included Cole Miner. She runs far more good races than bad and had a three win streak last year. #4 IM PRETTY FAMES has raced in two starter allowance races this year and run a second and a decent fourth. Despite not winning a race last year she is a trier and is a win candidate here.

Race 5: 3-7-10
This race is a QROOI Sprint Series race going 110 yards. #3 BEACH BUM EDDIE is multiple stakes placed in Indiana. He is a very sharp breaker with a lot of class so the opportunity to try 110 yards makes perfect sense for him. #7 ONE KOOL WAVE has four wins in six tries at 110 yards. His lifetime record of 21 wins in 35 starts speaks for itself: he's really talented. We'll see how he does in his 9 year old debut. #10 CARTELS FAST MONEY won a QROOI Overnight series race for mares last month. She is a great breaker who has done well at 110 yards and will hopefully break well from the outside.

Race 6: 6-8-7
This race is a QROOI Distance Series race going 350 yards. #6 HICKERSON was the runner up in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity last year. He is a large, leggy horse who will appreciate longer distances from 350 and up. #8 ALAKAZAAM lost all hope at the start when trying to qualify to the Picov Maturity. He had an impressive win streak last year that included the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby. If he gets out well he should be tough. #7 ANGELLES BABY TNT overcame a slow start to be third in the QROOI Overnight race for mares last month. She has done well against respectable foes in Alberta earlier in her career. Pick 3 wagering is offered here.

Race 7: 4-6-1
This race is the $29,667 AQHA Challenge Maiden! It also starts the $.20 Late Pick 4. #4 FEARLESSLEE raced against some very classy horses as a juvenile in the U.S. In his Ajax debut he hopped at the start and cost himself some early ground. Hopefully he breaks more alertly. #6 MARYLAND MAGIC had run several good races down south last year and this spring, then scored a rather easy win in the trials for this race. He has a very real chance to double up here. #1 ONE DASHIN ROSE was an easy winner in her trial and set the fastest qualifying time. She has put in good efforts along the rail in previous races down south. 

Race 8: 3-4-8
#3 SNOW STORMING made her 2017 debut in a Speed Index race where she was fourth behind No Cerveza For You and Cole Miner. She gets back into her condition now and could be better second off the layoff. #4 MISS DOCK HILL broke well and broke her maiden in her Ajax debut on June 4. She had put in a few very good runs in the U.S. before coming here. #8 EC FIRE FLY broke her maiden in her Ajax debut over another American import named Fast Streakin Nick. She may continue to move forward.

Race 9: 8-1-7
Today's feature race is the $58,000 Picov Maturity! #8 ONE FAMOUS GLASS dug in with conviction to win his trial, his 15th career win. He wrapped up 2016 with a win in the Alex Picov Memorial Championship and must always be respected. #1 COUNTRY BOY 123 won his trial with complete authority, albeit in a race where his most dangerous competition, Alakazaam, was finished at the start. He was very game at Los Alamitos for the Adequen Derby Challenge Championship last fall and was deserving of the QROOI 2016 Horse of the Year honour he received. #7 FAST MAN VIC had a terrific run at Hialeah before coming to Ajax last year. His Ajax season didn't quite pan out as well as I thought it would, although he did score two wins here. He was very game in defeat behind One Famous Glass in the trials, and if he can find that old Hialeah form he could pull an upset here. The Late Double begins here.

Race 10: 7-3-2
#7 UAINTSEENNOTHINGYET showed nothing on debut, but wasn't too bad in his second start, finishing fourth of five behind Winner On a Lark and Hammer Tyme after a troubled trip. With a clean run down the outside he may be able to upset. #3 NORSE BAY finished fourth behind Ghost Pines and Flirt With the Boyz on opening day, then second behind repeat winner Perfect to Look At on May 21. In her most recent start she was sandwiched at the start and finished last. She is probably the one to beat. #2 STREAKIN JET SPEED has been no better than fifth in her five starts, but has had trouble in a few and has caught tough foes in others. This is the softest looking race she has been in.

Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Ajax Downs Selections June 11

Eight races this week at Ajax Downs. No stakes, trials or overnight series events and I'm in a rush so here are my selections for today's card.

Race 1: 3-1-5
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #3 CHANNELISLANDSFLYER did not break perfect last time but finished well to be third. His first start of the year was a narrow second in an optional claiming field where he outran The Fdd Map. He stretches out from 250 to 330 yards today. #1 MS DASHIN CORONA finished second behind Arctic Fame, a head in front of Channelislandsflyer last time out. She picks up a lot of second and third place cheques and draws the rail here. #5 COLE MINER was fourth by a half length in the optional claiming race that Channelislandsflyer finished second in, then finished third in a Speed Index race behind No Cerveza For You two weeks back. He fits just fine with this group. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 2-4-1
This race begins the early Pick 3. #2 SAMMIES ROCKET made his 2017 debut two weeks ago in a similar race where he finished fourth of six after breaking slowly. He had some good efforts last year and doesn't have to beat much today. #4 DASHING SUGARMAN wrapped up last year with a very close second after a string of non-threatening efforts. On the right day he is capable and he certainly has the ability to win this race but it is impossible to tell when he'll thrown in a good effort. #1 GEORGIES MAY KITTY is a maiden who has had some okay races against other non-winners. She could get a piece of the action today.

Race 3: 2-3-6
#2 IFWISHESWEREFISHES kicked off the season with a good second behind Miromar, a new U.S. import who already had a win at the meet. She was in good form at the end of 2016 and looks tough here. #3 SITUATION CRITICAL finished a neck behind Ifwisheswerefishes in the Miromar race two weeks ago. She missed the 2016 season but was running very well in 2015 against respectable horses. #6 PURRFECT STORM finished fourth by a half length in his seasonal debut four weeks ago. He had the rail post on that day but may be better from the outside gate he draws this time out.

Race 4: 1-5-6
This race kicks off the $.20 Pick 4! #1 PEGASOS ONE UNDERPAR is an 11 time winner with nearly $150,000 in earnings. He did not score any wins last year but did have two seconds at the end of the season, one behind Fiesty Icon and the other a very narrow defeat to Eyesa Zoomn. He's a classy old horse who should be right there. #5 SUGARMANS DELIGHT stumbled at the start going 110 yards to kick off the year. He exits a fourth place finish behind Denali Teller Off, Countrys Comin Bac and Speedocracy two weeks ago. Last year he was beaten a nose by Alakazaam in the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby. #6 FLY N ROCK is a NW3 who has been doing well in claiming races down south. He seems to do his best running at longer distances, he's a winner at 550 yards, but the bigger question is how will he stand up facing our higher level horses. He is worth consideration as a longshot.

Race 5: 4-5-2
#4 THE DOMINYUNATOR was an easy winner in his final start of 2016. In his most recent start he was third behind Kona Corona and Rouge River Cartel, who returned to win last week. He looks very competitive. #5 EYESA WILD BOY exits a well beaten third in a race where basically nobody but the eventual winner broke great leaving that horse with an easy lead and a near two-length win. It could have been a very different race with a different break. Although only one for 16 in his career he is a very hard trier who runs very well more times than not. #2 AGUSTOARNOT caught the right field and really seemed to wake up last time, breaking his maiden by a length. There are some tougher horses here but some horses begin to improve after they figure out how to win.

Race 6: 3-8-4
#3 A GAME DASHER finished third behind Zoxtobeyou and Home Ice after being bumped at the start two weeks ago. That's a tough couple of horses and she finds herself eligible for this Speed Index race where things should be a bit less difficult. #8 FLY FAST FOR KAYLEE won his seasonal debut at this level on May 14. He is a solid hard knocker between the Speed Index and Starter Allowance ranks who always warrants a look. #4 YAWLPLAYINGWITHFIRE was a qualifier to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity last year. He scored a maiden win against Ontario Sired company on May 14 and has a shot to round things out here. The late Pick 3 starts here.

Race 7: 4-3-6
The Late Double starts here. #4 TRES FORTUNE drew the rail and gravitated towards it two weeks back, finishing fourth by a half length. In his Ajax debut last year he was third behind Home to Vegas and Zoxtobeyou before being placed second. He could tough if he keeps a straight path today. #3 FAST STREAKIN NICK had some good efforts in Louisiana last year and ran well in his Ajax debut, finishing second by a neck and outfinishing a few rivals who return here, including Tres Fortune. He may be the one to beat in his second start over the surface. #6 PEVES STREAKIN CLASSY has been racing in maiden claiming races in Oklahoma and has been beaten a half length in each of her last three outings. She should be able to be competitive.

Race 8: 9-4-3
#9 FLIRT WITH THE BOYZ finished second behind Ghost Pines on opening day. She was a qualifier to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity last year, and that Futurity was the only race where she wasn't second or third. #4 TWO KOOL TO WAVE has been no worse than fourth in four starts so far in his career. He has had some issues at the gate but has done well in spite of them and certainly has potential to be a nice horse. #3 JESS RIP debuts here with three gate workouts on her form. She is out of Rippin Dash, a mare won won her career debut at Mt. Pleasant Meadows. She may be big on debut.
 
Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us this week!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Ajax Downs Selections June 4

Back in action today at Ajax Downs. A cancellation two weeks back delayed this, but we finally get to run our first trials of the season, two for the AQHA Maiden Challenge and two for the Picov Maturity. It is sure to be a great card. Here are my selections.

Race 1: 5-3-6
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #5 GHOST PINES overcame a troubled start and surged through a tight spot to win on opening day. Her lone start last year was a very good second behind One Special Domino. She was quite impressive in winning last time and looks tough today. #3 PERFECT TO LOOK AT faced good fields in each of his four starts last year, then dropped into Ontario Sired company for his 2017 debut and was an easy winner. He faces a much tougher group here compared to who he won against. #6 EYESA WILD BOY was a non factor in his 2017 debut, but his 2016 debut was not very hot either and he quickly found his form. He is very consistent at grabbing cheques with 11 top three finishes in 15 career starts. The Daily Double and a Pick 3 start here.

Race 2: 2-4-1
This is the first of two trials to the AQHA Challenge Maiden. #2 CORONAS CHROME was beaten a neck on debut at Remington. In his third start he was fourth in a Speedhorse Futurity trial behind a horse named Dreamers Liaison, who later won a trial to the Miss Roxie Little Futurity at Indiana and was fourth by half a length in that final. He has had two local gate works in preparation for these trials. #4 ONE DASHIN ROSE barely broke and was outrun in her final start at Will Rogers. She had decent form prior at Remington and Indiana, including a field-best 66 speed figure on September 13. She looks competitive, assuming she breaks with the field. #1 TWO KOOL TO WAVE was an impressive fourth after a bad break in his debut, then continued to run well despite not being able to get the win. I do expect him to win something this year, and if the US invaders prove to be overrated in this field he could be very dangerous.

Race 3: 1-2-4
This is the second of two trials to the AQHA Challenge Maiden, as well as the start of the $.20 early Pick 4! #1 FEARLESSLEE debuted with a fourth place finish in the Ruidoso Futurity trials. The winner of that trial, Apolltical Chad, went on to win the Ruidoso Futurity before finishing fourth in the All American Futurity. That trial also contained Sam Houston Futurity winner Just Call Me Carter and eventual stakes-winner Whata Corona, who is five for 10 in his career. His most recent start was a close third for a claiming price at Los Alamitos. He is the class of the race. #2 MARYLAND MAGIC has scored four top-three finishes in seven starts so far in his career. So far in 2017 he has two thirds in three tries at Sunland and Remington, including a run in the slop which should be noted in case of poor weather conditions. He seems like an honest type. #4 FLIRT WITH THE BOYZ put in some good efforts against solid horses as a two year old. She raced on opening day, finishing a very good second behind Ghost Pines, a filly who looks to have a very bright future. Although she catches some tough looking invaders here, she has at least proven she can compete with the high-end locals.

Race 4: 2-1-4
This race begins a Pick 3. #2 LUMMIS FIRST qualified to last year's Alex Picov Memorial Futurity where he finished seventh. He made his three year old debut in a Speed Index race where he finished a neck behind Fly Fast For Kaylee, a consistent old veteran runner. He could move forward second time off the layoff. #1 ROUGE RIVER CARTEL finished third on opening day behind Miromar and Zoxtobeyou, both of which have come back to win their next starts. He returned last week with a very good second behind Kona Corona. He consistently puts in solid efforts. #4 ZING DYNASTY was fourth, just behind Rouge River Cartel on opening day. She broke on top but evened out late. She had the rail post and was making her first start over the track; perhaps she may be better without these circumstances in play today.

Race 5: 5-4-3
This is the first of two trials to the Picov Maturity. #5 FIESTY ICON did not look to be a serious factor in the top older horse division in his first starts last year, but quickly got back on track with wins in the trials and final of the Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity. He then came back to open company for a third place finish in the All Canadian Classic, then a very narrow runner up finish in the Alex Picov Memorial Championship. If he is ready off the bench he is a player here. #4 ONE FAMOUS GLASS has been a winner in these trials two years in a row. It's obvious why one would pick him: he practically always runs well. He's a 14 time winner with nearly a quarter-million in the bank. He won the Alex Picov Memorial Championship last year and always runs well off of the layoff. #3 ONE KOOL WAVE made his return to the races with a light campaign of four starts last year, with two wins, a second and a third. He wrapped things up with a win in the QROOI Sprint series final, and was beaten a neck by his powerful stablemate First Down the Track in a previous QROOI Sprint Series race. He is a very capable veteran. A Pick 3 starts here.

Race 6: 1-3-7
This is the second of two trials to the Picov Maturity, as well as the start of the $.20 late Pick 4!. #1 COUNTRY BOY 123 tasted defeat only once in seven local starts last year, scoring two Derby wins along the way. They took their berth to the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship at Los Al and finished a very credible fourth in the $200,000 final behind Jess Good Reason, who went on to win the G1 Charger Bar Handicap and Toughie, a three time Stakes winner in Alberta who qualified to the Ed Burke Million Futurity as a juvenile. With a clean break, it's tough to anticipate a poor run from this gelding. #3 ALAKAZAAM is hardly a slouch either. He scored six wins in eight starts last year, one of the losses being the start where he dropped his rider at the start. He did outrun Country Boy 123 once last year and finished narrowly behind him in the Derby Challenge despite not breaking perfectly. He's a perfectly capable horse. #7 RUNAWAY CAUSE is not a model of consistency but does throw in some very good runs on occasion. In her 2016 debut she was second behind One Kool Wave. She also ran credibly behind Alakazaam and Fast Man Vic last year. She has a lot of run in her, it's just a case of whether or not she'll show it.

Race 7: 1-5-2
#1 FLASHY LIFESTYLE makes her career debut here. She is by very talented runner and successful New Mexico sire First Moonflash out of a Mr Jess Perry mare. She failed to make the races while training in New Mexico last year, but has improved with a series of gate workouts here. We'll see how she goes at first asking. #5 MISS DOCK HILL was beaten a nose in her final start of 2016, a maiden claimer at Will Rogers. She had a solid juvenile season which included a third in a Heritage Place Futurity trial and warrants consideration here. #2 EH LEADEROFTHEBEACH finished fourth in her lone start at the Oneida County Fairgrounds in Idaho. The winner of that race, Duck Dash N Go ended up winning the Futurity at Oneida and was second in a Stakes race at Los Alamitos. We will see how the Idaho form translates at Ajax. The final Pick 3 on the card starts here.

Race 8: 4-5-8
This race kicks off the Late Double. #4 SELECTIVE MEMORY rode the rail to a win in a tough optional claimer over Channelislandsflyer and The Fdd Map last time out. He finds himself eligible for this Speed Index race and gets in easier than he did last time. #5 SIX SHOOTIN TEX is the model of consistency despite how lightly raced he is, 10 top three finishes in 12 starts. He scored his third career win three weeks back and certainly looks like he can pick up a piece of it today. #8 CRUWSYN THE ARCTIC was run down narrowly by Hope Rambles On two weeks back in a short field. Although 2016 was not a great season for him, the fields he faced last year were all topped by very good horses that would be tough to beat if they were facing this group. Don't write him off.

Race 9: 2-7-8
#2 LATER TATER qualified to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity where he finished third by a head behind Home to Vegas and Home Ice. He then raced in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity trials but lost all hope of getting into the final as he along with several others were wiped out by Zoxtobeyou. He has worked well this spring and should be tough. #7 BEWITCHIN was not a factor in her lone start last year. She worked from the gate in 14.01 which does not set the track on fire, but the track was fairly slow that day and probably would have posted a quicker number on a normal day. She may be better as a three year old. #8 SCOUTING FOR ME was third by a neck behind Ghost Pines on opening day before getting beat a nose a week later. He has 8 top three finishes in 14 starts and looks better than several of his competitors.
 
Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Ajax Downs Selections May 28

Another week of racing is upon us at Ajax Downs. Unfortunately due to an equipment malfunction last week's card was cancelled after only two races were run, but hopefully today will be better. We have nine races today, and although we don't have any Stakes, trials or Overnight series events, we do have some very talented horses sprinkled throughout the card. Here are my selections for today's races.

Race 1: 1-2-5
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #1 TRES FORTUNE debuted at Remington as a two year old with a second place finish behind As and Js, who later won the Black Gold 350 Futurity at Will Rogers and has earned nearly $250,000US. In his lone Ajax start last fall he finished third behind Home to Vegas and Zoxtobeyou (placed 2nd.) He faces maidens this time around and should be tough. #2 FAST STREAKIN NICK raced in Louisiana as a two year old and had a pair of third place finishes suggesting some ability. He has run speed figures that make him competitive here. #5 EC FIRE FLY raced three times in Louisiana last year, failing to hit the board. However, in one start she was beaten less than a length by the winner despite finishing sixth. She had a good workout from the gate on May 3. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 1-2-6
This race begins the early Pick 3. #1 SAMMIES ROCKET runs the best speed figures in this field on a consistent basis. His best races last year were his earlier ones, most notably his July 3rd and 21st starts. If he breaks alertly he is the one to beat. #2 ARISING MIRACLE was a non-factor in a NW2 allowance two weeks back. Last year he was a qualifier to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity and did break his maiden against a weak bunch in September. He will need to show some improvement today. #6 CR PARTY WITH CORONA broke her maiden in a easy group in August but was not a huge threat in her two final starts of the campaign. She returns fresh with an easy breeze on April 26 in preparation.

Race 3: 6-2-5
#6 A GAME DASHER showed very good form in Louisiana as a two year old including an easy maiden win at the Fair Grounds. She came to Ajax as a three year old and finished a very good third in a QROOI Overnight series race for mares behind Sign It Down and Im Aquicktrick, but then failed to show much in a NW2 before being put away for the season. #2 HOME ICE won on debut before finishing a narrow second in the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity. He also qualified to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity where he finished fifth. He had a fast gate work on April 24 in preparation. #5 UNOMASSENORSEABOLT had a close second for $6,250 at Remington two back. He broke poorly in his Ajax debut three weeks back and finished last but may show more with a clean start.

Race 4: 4-6-5
This race is the start of the $.20 Pick 4, as well as the middle Pick 3. #4 CHANNELISLANDSFLYER finished a good second behind Selective Memory and in front of The Fdd Map in an optional claimer two weeks back. He had a great 2016 and looks to be in for a good 2017 as well. #6 ARCTIC FAME was no worse than fourth in eight starts last year, then kicked off this year with an easy win in a four horse field on opening day. He is a very consistent type with over $100,000 in earnings. #5 MS DASHIN CORONA broke outwards and ended up finishing third, narrowly missing second behind Arctic Fame on opening day. She was in the top three in six of nine tries last year and looks like she can get a cheque here.

Race 5: 5-8-7
#5 GRABIN COURAGE finished third in his lone start behind Hickerson and Check the Winner. Hickerson went on to finish second in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurit and Check the Winner later won a maiden race. He flashed talent there and may be tough in this group. #8 BAC IN FIRST will remove blinkers for her start with new connections. She did not show a ton in her first two starts but finished third behind The Flash Drive and Make Me Bodacious on October 10. We'll see how she comes back as a three year old. #7 AGUSTOARNOT finished fourth despite a less than perfect start two weeks back. Although not a consistent type he has run some decent races and may be a factor today.

Race 6: 4-2-8
#4 KONA CORONA, a half brother to A Plain Brown Rapper, was my choice in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity last year, but he broke outwards bumped into Home to Vegas, didn't threaten and was disqualified. I'm still of the belief that he is quite talented. Hopefully he will break well today. #2 ITTAKESTWOTOOTANGO had a win and three seconds in his first four starts last year but had a rough trip and finished last in his final start on October 17. I was quite high on him last year and still think he's got ability. I wouldn't write him off here. #8 ROUGE RIVER CARTEL was lightly raced last year but did have a decent fifth (DQd to last) in a race won by Country Boy 123 and a third behind Do U Zoom and Rich and On Fire. He finished third in his first start of the year three weeks back looks competitive today.

Race 7: 5-1-6
#5 IFWISHESWEREFISHES broke her maiden over Two Kool to Wave three starts back, finished fourth in a respectable group topped by Memory of Jay then scored another win on closing day. She really seemed to wake up late last year and hopefully will keep the ball rolling. #1 SWINGING BEAR made his Ajax debut in a 110 yard dash two weeks back and proved victorious over Chuggington and Rpainted Pistol. Although 110 yards isn't the same as a more conventional distance, it still shows that he has some go and could score again today. #6 MIROMAR was a maiden winner at Remington last year but failed to show much in the rest of his U.S. starts. He turned things around in his Ajax debut three weeks back, winning over Zoxtobeyou, Rouge River Cartel and a handful of other U.S. imports. We'll see what he does second time out. The late Pick 3 begins here.

Race 8: 3-9-7
This race kicks off the Late Double. #3 NO CERVEZA FOR YOU raced in the QROOI Overnight series race for mares two weeks back, finishing fourth of five behind Cartels Fast Money, Ice Fishn and Angelles Baby Tnt. She puts in more good races than bad and gets in easier today. #9 COLE MINER is the one to beat here. He finished fourth in a tough optional claimer topped by Selective Memory, Channelislandsflyer and The Fdd Map two weeks back. This is an easier spot and he still seems game as a 10 year old. #7 JIMMY BOYZ CARTEL scored a NW2 win two weeks ago. He is not always a perfect breaker but when he does get out well he usually puts in a good effort and could round things out today.

Race 9: 8-1-6
#8 RPAINTED PISTOL won both of his local starts last year but was a non-factor in the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos. He made his 2017 debut going 110 yards and finished third by a head. This race probably suits him better than the 110 yard dash and he isn't lacking on talent. #1 DENALI TELLER OFF wrapped up last season with a win in the richest race of the Ajax season, the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. She is three for six in her career but took advantage of the bad luck of others in the Alex Picov Memorial and has been beaten twice by her stablemate, Rpainted Pistol. However, she certainly looms dangerous here. #6 COUNTRYS COMIN BAC won in his first start of 2016. He later qualified to the Picov Derby where he finished second behind Country Boy 123 before winning a 110 yard race. He could be overlooked behind some of the bigger names in this field but certainly has talent.

Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ajax Downs Selections May 21

Back in action at Ajax Downs this week with an eight race card featuring the unofficial start of Stakes season. Today's card is highlighted by two trials for the AQHA Challenge Maiden and two trials for the Picov Maturity. Last week's feature, a $20,000 QROOI Overnight series race for mares was won by Cartels Fast Money, ridden by Tony Phillips for Bob Broadstock. We have several new U.S. imports this week as well as many well recognized veterans. Here are my selections.

Race 1: 1-3-4
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #1 PERFECT TO LOOK AT was competitive in each of his four starts last year, facing some solid horses, most notably Memory Of Jay. He catches a soft looking field for his 2017 debut. #3 NORSE BAY made a start on opening day where she was bumped at the start and finished fourth behind the ultra-impressive Ghost Pines. We'll see if she moves forward in her second outing. #4 GEORGIES MAY KITTY put in some okay runs last year, albeit not in any notable races. She had an easy breeze on May 3 prepping for this start. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 4-3-6
#4 HOPE RAMBLES ON was a four time winner in nine tries last year. She missed the board only twice, and in both of those starts she was shut off at the start. One very notable race was her second behind Alakazaam in the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby trials. She worked well from the gate on May 8. #3 FIRST ELEMENT was a two time winner last year running in consistently good quality fields. His final start was better than it looks on paper, First Down the Track was much the best and this gelding was only a length behind the runner up at the wire. Although his form shows races primarily at 400 and 440 yards he has had success going 300 yards in the past. #6 TRES SEIS SMOOCHES had a rough trip in a very tough optional claimer last week and returns in this softer spot. She showed good form here last year and had success in Alberta in her younger years. She should be able to be competitive.

Race 3: 2-4-1
This is the first of two trials to the AQHA Challenge Maiden. #2 CORONAS CHROME was beaten a neck on debut at Remington. In his third start he was fourth in a Speedhorse Futurity trial behind a horse named Dreamers Liaison, who later won a trial to the Miss Roxie Little Futurity at Indiana and was fourth by half a length in that final. He has had two local gate works in preparation for these trials. #4 ONE DASHIN ROSE barely broke and was outrun in her final start at Will Rogers. She had decent form prior at Remington and Indiana, including a field-best 66 speed figure on September 13. She looks competitive, assuming she breaks with the field. #1 TWO KOOL TO WAVE was an impressive fourth after a bad break in his debut, then continued to run well despite not being able to get the win. I do expect him to win something this year, and if the US invaders prove to be overrated in this field he could be very dangerous. The early Pick 3 begins here.

Race 4: 1-2-4
This is the second of two trials to the AQHA Challenge Maiden, as well as the start of the $.20 Pick 4! #1 FEARLESSLEE debuted with a fourth place finish in the Ruidoso Futurity trials. The winner of that trial, Apolltical Chad, went on to win the Ruidoso Futurity before finishing fourth in the All American Futurity. That trial also contained Sam Houston Futurity winner Just Call Me Carter and eventual stakes-winner Whata Corona, who is five for 10 in his career. His most recent start was a close third for a claiming price at Los Alamitos. He is the class of the race. #2 MARYLAND MAGIC has scored four top-three finishes in seven starts so far in his career. So far in 2017 he has two thirds in three tries at Sunland and Remington, including a run in the slop which should be noted in case of poor weather conditions. He seems like an honest type. #4 FLIRT WITH THE BOYZ put in some good efforts against solid horses as a two year old. She raced on opening day, finishing a very good second behind Ghost Pines, a filly who looks to have a very bright future. Although she catches some tough looking invaders here, she has at least proven she can compete with the high-end locals.

Race 5: 5-8-7
#5 MISS DOCK HILL was beaten a nose in her final start of 2016, a maiden claimer at Will Rogers. She had a solid juvenile season which included a third in a Heritage Place Futurity trial and warrants consideration here. #8 FAST STREAKIN NICK didn't offer much in his first two starts but showed some run in his next two, which were both third place finishes, including a Futurity trial at the Fair Grounds. He wrapped his season up with a non-threatening run in the consolation for that Futurity. His speed figures are respectable. #7 NEX FAVORITE BULLY has shown nothing in any of his starts at his home base of Indiana Grand, but was very game in both of his starts here last year, losing by a head in each of them. I'm not sure he raced against anything too noteworthy in his two starts here, but he may have some sort of affinity for the local surface.

Race 6: 5-4-3
This is the first of two trials to the Picov Maturity. #5 FIESTY ICON did not look to be a serious factor in the top older horse division in his first starts last year, but quickly got back on track with wins in the trials and final of the Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity. He then came back to open company for a third place finish in the All Canadian Classic, then a very narrow runner up finish in the Alex Picov Memorial Championship. If he is ready off the bench he is a player here. #4 ONE FAMOUS GLASS has been a winner in these trials two years in a row. It's obvious why one would pick him: he practically always runs well. He's a 14 time winner with nearly a quarter-million in the bank. He won the Alex Picov Memorial Championship last year and always runs well off of the layoff. #3 ONE KOOL WAVE made his return to the races with a light campaign of four starts last year, with two wins, a second and a third. He wrapped things up with a win in the QROOI Sprint series final, and was beaten a neck by his powerful stablemate First Down the Track in a previous QROOI Sprint Series race. He is a very capable veteran. The late Pick 3 starts here.

Race 7: 1-3-7
This is the second of two trials to the Picov Maturity, as well as the start of the Late Double. #1 COUNTRY BOY 123 tasted defeat only once in seven local starts last year, scoring two Derby wins along the way. They took their berth to the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship at Los Al and finished a very credible fourth in the $200,000 final behind Jess Good Reason, who went on to win the G1 Charger Bar Handicap and Toughie, a three time Stakes winner in Alberta who qualified to the Ed Burke Million Futurity as a juvenile. With a clean break, it's tough to anticipate a poor run from this gelding. #3 ALAKAZAAM is hardly a slouch either. He scored six wins in eight starts last year, one of the losses being the start where he dropped his rider at the start. He did outrun Country Boy 123 once last year and finished narrowly behind him in the Derby Challenge despite not breaking perfectly. He's a perfectly capable horse. #7 RUNAWAY CAUSE is not a model of consistency but does throw in some very good runs on occasion. In her 2016 debut she was second behind One Kool Wave. She also ran credibly behind Alakazaam and Fast Man Vic last year. She has a lot of run in her, it's just a case of whether or not she'll show it.

Race 8: 4-3-7
#4 A GAME DASHER won a maiden race at Fair Grounds as a two year old. In her Ajax debut she was a good third behind Sign It Down and Im Aquicktrick in a QROOI Overnight series race, but she then dropped to a NW2 and failed to threaten. She was given the rest of the season off and may be ready to fire off the bench. #3 COLD HARD DASH won in late 2015 as a two year old at Evangeline. He raced only three times last year, finishing second in a maiden race at Delta over a muddy track in June to highlight things. Some of his earlier races indicate that he is not the best leaving the gate but he has put in two good workout times from the gate this spring. #7 ZOXTOBEYOU had a prep at Remington in early April, then was beaten a nose by US invader Miromar on opening day. He finished second behind Home to Vegas and Rpainted Pistol as a two year old and hopes to carry that class over as a three year old.

Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ajax Downs Selections May 14

Onto the second week of live Quarter Horse racing at Ajax Downs. After one card we have a tie in the jockey's standings with Brian Bell and Cassandra Jeschke both winning two, and Scott Reid leading the trainer standings with a pair of wins. New trainer Carol McIntyre won with her first starter, Hammer Tyme, and the team of Jason Pascoe and Ramiro Sanchez Castillo, who were red-hot in 2016, scored a win with Miromar. Today's card is highlighted by a $20,000 QROOI Overnight Series race for mares going 250 yards. Here are my selections.

Race 1: 3-4-1
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #3 RICH AND ON FIRE had a good 2016, with six top three finishes in 10 starts. Two of his poorer starts came against very tough company, including a sixth out of seven in the Alex Picov Memorial Championship. He is respectable and would be a serious overlay at 10-1. #4 SIX SHOOTIN TEX his the top three in each of his five starts last year. He finished third behind Rich and On Fire on September 12. Although lightly races he is clearly well managed, finishing in the top three in nine of his eleven career starts. It is tough to fault that kind of consistency. #1 PURRFECT STORM is only for two for 28 in his career but has some respectable lines in his form, with good races against horses like No Cerveza For You, Albertt and Soxy N I Know It. He had a very easy breeze on May 3. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 6-4-3
This race kicks off the early Pick 3. #6 YAWLPLAYINGWITHFIRE qualified to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity with a third in the trials behind Home to Vegas, then finished eighth in the final with a troubled trip. He then finished sixth in a tough maiden race topped by Kona Corona and The Flash Drive and wrapped up the season with a third place finish behind eventual Alex Picov Memorial Futurity winner Denali Teller Off. He is the class of the race and looks tough. #4 SCOUTING FOR ME raced last week, finishing a close third behind Ghost Pines. That race would have been far less close if not for Ghost Pines' troubled trip and probably looks a bit better on paper than it truly was. He has put in some solid efforts in spite of his 0 for 13 record and should probably be able to put in a breakthrough effort at some point. #3 MISS HER MADLY put in a second place finish behind The Dominyunator in her second start but then finished fifth in a weaker group when breaking out of the rail post. This is her first time racing against Ontario-bred company, which could be beneficial.

Race 3: 6-5-7
#6 ROCKIN MISS KITTY was new to Ajax last year and took a couple starts to get going, but showed she was game, winning four out of six races between July 10 and October 24. She was only a 1/4 length behind The Fdd Map in the Bank of America Challenge Championship, and he will likely be overbet while this filly could be a decent price. #5 COLE MINER is a 10 year old who showed no signs of slowing down last year, winning four of eight starts with his worst finish being a close fourth in a 110 yard race. He was third behind First Down the Track in his final start of 2016. He is a very solid old horse who always warrants consideration. #7 THE FDD MAP is the one to beat there; the 8 year old has been a local favourite for several years now, with 11 wins and over $200,000 in earnings. He was winless in five starts last year although they all came in tough races and none could truly be called poor efforts. It all comes down to what kind of price you are willing to take as he will take quite a bit of parimutuel support.

Race 4: 4-5-2
This race is our 110 yard Gridiron Gallop! It also kicks off the $.20 Pick 4! #4 RPAINTED PISTOL was a winner on debut at Remington Park before coming to Ajax to claim the John Deere Juvenile Challenge and a QROOI Overnight series race. He was shipped out to California for the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship where he was outrun after a less than ideal start and returns now for his three year old debut. The choice to run 110 yards is interesting but sensible when you consider he has no allowance conditions left and is likely targeting the upcoming Derbies. Although I doubt he will be 15-1 at post time, he's an interesting proposition if he isn't overbet. #5 SUGARMANS DELIGHT had a very good 2016 season. He was beaten only a nose by Alakazaam in the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby, won an allowance over Reckless an Wild, finished second behind Country Boy 123 in the Picov Derby trials before finishing fourth in the very tough final. He crossed the wire first in his final start of the season but was disqualified for interference after veering in badly at the start. He was much the best that day. Like my top pick he is new to 110 yards but I don't doubt his gate speed if he gets out straight. #2 SWINGIN BEAR is new to Ajax Downs after racing in Louisiana as a juvenile. His form at the end of the season at Evangeline was very respectable, with a third place finish in a race that produced a next out winner, a good fourth in an LQHBA Futurity trial, and then a win in a $10,000 maiden claimer. He's facing some tough older horses here but could be worth a look.

Race 5: 4-2-6
#4 THE FLASH DRIVE was in the top three in three of his four starts last year. The other race was when Zoxtobeyou veered in suddenly in front of him and wiped out almost the entire field, including The Flash Drive. His first two races were solid efforts against horses like Denali Teller Off, One Special Domino and Kona Corona, and he wrapped the season up with an easy win over Make Me Bodacious. He has potential to move forward. #2 MAKE ME BODACIOUS improved with experience as a two year old, culminating in a win on closing day. She raced last week in the same class and was a very good second despite an awkward break. If she is fine off of a seven day turnaround she should be competitive. #6 EYESA WILD BOY has one of the ultimate cases of seconditis, with nine runner up finishes in 14 career starts. He did break his maiden last year, ironically in one of the better fields he competed in, besting Ittakestwototango and Ifwisheswerefishes, who both came back to win their next starts. He likes to be close and should fit in with this bunch. Late Pick 3 wagering is offered here.

Race 6: 5-3-1
This race is the start of the Late Double. #5 FISCAL FAST made her 2017 debut last week in a tough Speed Index race topped by Albertt and Valiant Stoli Time. She drew the rail post that day and didn't get a great start. She showed ability in Alberta before coming here and I still think that she'll be competitive here when she finds the right field. #3 FLY FAST FOR KAYLEE had seven top three finishes in 10 starts last year, including his first start of the season. His final race was a third place finish behind Angelles Baby Tnt and Deal a Fortune, respectable horses, where he stumbled at the start. He's a consistent sort who shouldn't be totally written out. #1 LUMMIS FIRST was disappointing in his first two starts (although they produced several good runners) but picked things up with a good third behind One Special Domino and Ghost Pines before breaking his maiden in an easier spot. He qualified to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity where he finished seventh. He's well bred and may improve from two to three years old.

Race 7: 7-3-4
Today's feature is a QROOI Overnight Series race for fillies and mares going 250 yards. #7 RUNAWAY CAUSE has a lot of ability. Her first start of 2016 was a second place finish behind the terrific One Kool Wave at today's distance. She was a winner over Speedocracy and also put up very game runner up finishes behind Fast Man Vic and Alakazaam. She has worked twice from the gate this spring and wouldn't surprise me at all if she gets away from the gate well. #3 ANGELLES BABY TNT made it clear she had talent as a two year old in Alberta, winning half of her eight starts that year. As a three year old she made two starts out west in races won by Toughie and Cruisinforabruisin, probably the two toughest horses in Alberta, before coming to Ajax where she went two-for-two. She has a lot of ability and seems to like the Ajax surface. #4 NO CERVEZA FOR YOU had a good debut where she finished second behind Albertt, then when on to win three races. She finished third behind Valiant Stoli Time and Panther Hero in the Picov Derby trials, put up a big number finishing sixth in spite of a bad start in an allowance on September 26, then was empty in her final start. This seems like a good place to start the season.

Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!