Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Ajax Downs Tuesday Selections

Boy do we have a card today! Today is Bank of America Challenge Championship day here at Ajax Downs! The Bank of America Challenge is probably the race of the year in my opinion. Nine older horses will line up looking for a berth to the Grade I, $350,000 final at Prairie Meadows in October. We've got a nice undercard with some full fields. Be sure to check us out today. Here are my program selections.

Race 1: 4-5-3
#4 Caraways Jokers Lane broke his maiden two starts ago at today's 330 yard distance, and came back to be fourth going 400 yards after being brushed at the start. The field he catches today is very soft, if he breaks well he'll be very tough. #5 Eeny Meeny Miny Moe broke her maiden in a soft field of $3,000 claimers. She doesn't have a lot of talent, but neither does anyone else in this field. At least she exits a win. #3 Straightfromtheghetto might hold a record for most consecutive fifth place finishes, with seven in a row. His speed figures suggest he can probably run well in this field, but he hasn't won in a very long time. Early 
Double wagering is available in this race.
Race 2: 2-3-6
This race is the start of the Early Pick 3. #2 Rolling Ring definitely seems like the logical winner here, he finished a good second behind an Oklahoma bred two starts ago and got a rough trip when finishing fourth in a trial for the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. If he gets a clean run he should be best. #3 Cc Fire N Ice has yet to run a bad effort, but just hasn't been able to put it all together yet. His runner up finish on July 27th is a good race that makes him respectable here. #6 Eye Said Im Ned debuted in an Alex Picov Memorial Futurity trial where he finished fourth. His time that day was slower than the top two selections, and he was unable to keep a straight path. He needs to be more mature today if he wants to win.
Race 3: 2-7-3
#2 Dash Fast Injun makes his first start of 2014, coming off of an even end of 2013. His only win last year came in a 550 yard allowance in Michigan. Today he runs in a lower class, and he shows a bullet 11.81 breeze. If he runs the way he worked, he'll be a factor. #7 All Wacked Out is a multiple Stakes winning earner of $220,005 who absolutely deserves favouritism here. She's was racing in the open allowances and Maturity trials, but wasn't firing, then really disappointed when finishing second to last in a non-winners of two since the date allowance. Her speed figures still suggest she's the fastest, and this is a significant class drop, but her form is going the wrong way. #3 Fg Corazon kicked off the season with a maiden victory, but then tried to bite off a bit more than he could chew in the Derby trials. The non winners of two field he faced last time was fairly competitive, he can pick up the pieces today.
Race 4: 6-3-4
$.20 Pick 4 wagering starts here! #6 Silken Memories is a very consistent filly; so far this year she has won twice and has yet to finish worse than third, and she's only missed the board once in her 11 start career. She caught a tough horse in Cat Vision last time and ran a game race. I certainly think she's the one to beat. #3 A Shore Thing finished fourth in a $7,000 claimer last time behind Eye Go Streakin going 300 yards. He's a late closer who's better at 350. I think the extra distance will let him get by Eye Go Streakin today. #4 Eye Go Streakin is a colt with some class; he won a Stakes race at Hialeah by DQ over the winter. He did beat A Shore Thing last time, and while I do think A Shore Thing is better with the extra 50 yards, I don't think Eye Go Streakin should be ignored by any means.
Race 5: 4-2-10
#4 Arctic Gate debuts here for Stan Webb. She is out of a Stakes winning dam who won nine of her 30 career starts. The 250 yard gate workout in 13.69 is also encouraging. I don't mind her at 10-1. #2 Okey Dokey Fast has raced twice and gotten a second and a third. She was beaten only a head in her lone start at today's distance, and is a big factor. #10 Ramble On Corona was only a head behind Okey Dokey Fast in that July 13th race. Drawing the outside post could benefit her. She does have good gate speed.
Race 6: 2-5-7
#2 Wild About Nellie has only hit the board once this year, and that was by DQ, but she really hasn't been racing badly. I like the class drop and the cutback to 250; today could be the day. #5 Tarzann has yet to hit the board in his six race career, but he drops in class for leading trainer Renee Wilson. We'll see if that makes a difference. #7 Runaway Shawne debuted at this level on August 4th, and ran an okay fifth. She makes her second start today and draws outside; improvement could be afoot. The Late Pick 3 starts here.
Race 7: 1-8-6
This is possibly the race of the year! Today's feature is the $70,920 Bank of America Challenge Regional Championship, and we certainly have a stellar field compiled. The winner of this race gets a berth to the Grade I, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows in October. #1 Joltin Jess has never raced at Ajax Downs before. He wintered down at Hialeah, where he raced in four Stakes races, winning two and finishing second in the other two. He beat a horse called Dash Master Jess, who has gone on to win a pair of Stakes including a Grade II and Sam Houston. The fact that regular rider Shanley Jackson ventures up to ride him is encouraging. This horse is very dangerous here. #8 Mitford is the local champion; he's three for three this year, exiting a win in the Picov Maturity. It's very notable that he set the local track record for 440 yards, 21.52. However, this is the test of his career, and he will almost certainly be a short price. I hate to do it, but I have to try to beat him here. #6 The Fdd Map won this race last year. He's a classy horse who has earned over $170,000, almost all of it here at Ajax. His late running style makes him a factor at the 440 yard distance. Late Double wagering is offered here.
Race 8: 10-5-7
Today's card ends with a Speed Index race. #10 Shake Pretty Baby looks very tough here. She's run three good races in a row, drops in class, and draws the outside. She's not a horse who wins a lot, but this is the kind of group that she can beat. #5 Ima Good Karma couldn't compete in an Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity trial last time, but she was beaten only a half length in a non winners of two prior to that. She's a fairly inexperienced mare who could move up with the easier company. #7 Shesastreakinchick has been racing in conditioned allowance races, running well sometimes and not so well other times. She takes the biggest class drop and should run better here.

Good luck to everyone playing today! Thanks for supporting Ajax Downs!

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