Sunday, 18 May 2014

Ajax Downs Opening Day Selections

It is opening day at Ontario's only Quarter Horse racetrack, Ajax Downs, and I am happy to be the new program handicapper for the track. I urge everyone in the area to find a day or two this summer to enjoy at Ajax Downs. It is one of the most fun ways to spend a summer day. Here are my selections for today's card.

Race 1: 5-1-6
#5 Streakinlilsis raced at Remington last spring. She finds much easier company here and has three works returning off the layoff. #1 Silks Arising's best race was at the 250 yard distance and had a very solid May 7th workout. #6 Halee Hath No Fury has consistently run well and should appreciate cutting back to 250 yards.

Race 2: 4-2-5
#4 Mels Dash completely outclasses this field with earnings over $100,000. He usually runs a strong effort coming off a layoff. He'll be very tough. #2 Cruwysn Down Home had a very good 2013. His recent workout was a bit slow, but he usually runs his race. #5 Dm Paid in Cash isn't incredibly consistent, but when he runs his race he shows that he's got talent.

Race 3: 7-6-1A
#7 What Ta Wear completely crushed when returning off the layoff last year. He's multiple stakes placed, has big speed figures, and is unquestionably the one to beat. #6 Varsity Lace came to Ajax in August and found solid form. He beat a decent field in the Maiden Challenge. #1A Fooseball had a good 2 year old season. He out worked his entry mate on May 5th. 

Race 4: 2-8-6
#2 Freds Angel is very quick out of the gate, and has solid speed figures. She gets the nod over #8 Andelay Okey due to the inside post. Andelay Okey is also very quick and classy. It's between those two to me. #6 Runnin Is My Game kept some decent company last year before dropping to these lower levels where he ran well.

Race 5: 2-4-1
#2 Silk in the Sky broke very quickly in his most recent start before getting nipped at the wire. With a quick break, 220 yards should be perfect. Very nice workout on May 7th. #4 A Likely Hero also broke well in his debut. I don't think he's as fast as the top choice. #1 Ssc Eye Got It ran a solid 3rd from the inside post last year. 220 yards is probably a bit short for her, however.

Race 6: 1-2-6
#1 Make Me a Miracle showed a lot of talent in his maiden win, and came back to be a good 3rd against tougher. He should be fast enough from the gate to do 220 yards. #2 Dees Black Dimples shows a bullet workout on April 23rd. She's quick from the gate and looks like a bit of an overlay at 8-1. #6 Ram Tuff ran a good 4th in the Ajax Juvenile Challenge. Although that makes him the class of the field, his April 28th workout was slow.

Race 7: 3-5-2
Today's feature is very competitive. #3 A Plain Brown Rapper ran in some very nice Stakes races at Hialeah. He kept very solid company over the fall and winter, including a try in the Grade 1 Bank if America Challenge Championship. Always a tough horse. #5 Zip Kode won three local Futurities last year. He's been racing at Remington and hasn't been fast enough, but this is easier and he has a recency edge. #2 One Kool Wave is always quick from the gate, and shows a bullet work from the gate on May 7th.

Race 8: 2-7-4
#2 Kissmyfortunatedash was run down very late going 300 yards last year. The cutback to 220 yards should help her. #7 Caraways Zoomto Fame ran very well on September 30th. He shows a good work from the gate on May 5th. #4 Eeny Meeny Miny Moe did not have a lot of luck last year. She posted the best workout anyone in this group shows on May 12th, and comes from dangerous connections.

Good luck to everyone playing today!

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