Race 1: 5-6-3
We kick off the day with an Ontario Sired two-year old maiden. #5 Dinahlicious debuts here for trainer Bob Broadstock. This filly is out of Dinah Carolina, who won her career debut and had a record of 22-8-3-3 in her career. She posted a bullet workout, 250 yards from the gate in 13.55. Looks good to me. #6 Okey Dokey Fast is the logical favourite here. She debuted from the outside post on July 13th and finished second by a head. If she improves second time out she will be tough to beat. #3 Itsallaboutramblin is another debut runner here. He's out of a dam who was a one-time winner racing at Los Alamitos. He shows a 250 gate work in 13.82, which is not bad at all. We'll see what he can do. Be sure to play the Early Double!
Race 2: 8-7-3
Early Pick 3 wagering starts here. #8 Lookingforagoodtime takes a big drop in class from the top level allowance ranks to this optional claimer for non earners of $4,000 in their last three starts. Last year he ran in the two biggest races for older horses here, the Bank of America Challenge and the Alex Picov Championship. His last race was a respectable fourth; on class alone he's definitely the one they have to beat. #7 Holey Foose did not keep easy company in her first three starts of the season, kicking the year off in an allowance against What Ta Wear, then running in a pair of Derby trials against Streakinshagginwagon, Zip Kode and Mr Victory Six. She then caught a more reachable non-winners of two allowance and ran a very good second. The class drop will help her. #5 Nemos Angel has been racing mainly in the bottom claiming ranks and doing very well, six of her last seven starts have been second or third place finishes. The speed figures in the low-mid 60s that she's thrown in her pair of runner-up finishes this year suggest she can be competitive here.
Race 3: 8-5-3
This is the first of four trials to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. #8 Irish Whisky has had plenty of conditioning getting ready for her debut, showing four gate works on her tab. Most recently she worked 250 in 13.76 from the gate. She is out of a Stakes winning dam who was beaten a nose in her career debut. I don't mind her for an upset here. #5 Jumping Guitar was an impressive winner of the John Deere Juvenile Challenge on July 20th. That alone makes her the horse to beat, but she will likely be a short price at post time. #3 Fortune Pending finished second in his debut, a trial for the John Deere Juvenile Challenge, then went on to finish second in the final. I don't see why he couldn't run another good race today.
Race 4: 8-2-5
This is the second of four trials to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. It is also the start of the $.20 Pick 4. #8 Illbegoneflying looked very good in her debut, where she won by half a length. That race produced next-out winner Jess as Sweet as You. We'll see if this filly can double up. #2 Rolling Ring got an unfortunate debut, losing the irons at the start. He then went to try an open maiden as opposed to the Ontario Sired maidens most of these horses have been running in, and ran a good second behind an Oklahoma-bred First Prize Oscar, who shows up in the next race. I'm interested in seeing this gelding develop. #5 Eyesa Speedy Simon ran a respectable fourth in his debut, then went on to be second by a length second time out. The filly who beat him there, Im Aquicktrick, also shows up in the next trial. This gelding needs to improve, but he did move in the right direction last time.
Race 5: 4-9-3
This is the third of four trials to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. #4 Speed Of Life was a super impressive winner of her debut, getting off a bit slow and making a huge late run. In the John Deere Juvenile Challenge, she didn't get away well at all, getting bumped and forced out at the break, but again she rallied and finished third. When this filly breaks clean, she'll be very tough to handle. #9 Im Aquicktrick debuted on June 29th and drew off by a length. It was a visually impressive win, she earned a 63 speed figure, and now she's had a race into her. Certainly a factor. #3 First Prize Oscar was very game in his debut, dueling the whole way and fighting off the competition. The only concern about that race was that it was a small field of six. However, I think he's got some talent.
Race 6: 7-9-3
This is the fourth and final trial to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity, and the start of the Late Pick 3. #7 Waving Sandy Home debuted in a trial for the John Deere Juvenile Challenge and ran a good third behind Speed of Life. Then in the final she got quite the trip. She raced erratically early, then once she straightened out she got forced in by Fortune Pending. Very unlucky race. I can forgive that, and give her a chance to get the maiden win here. #9 A Mere Outlaw is an Oklahoma bred who was quite impressive in her debut, breaking very fast and holding to win by 3/4 of a length under hand urging. She is the one to beat. #3 Jess Shake Em was the only horse making up and ground on A Mere Outlaw, rallying nicely from the outside. If she has a rally like that today, perhaps the 400 yard distance will be good for her.
Race 7: 3-7-6
#3 Eyesa Zoomn faced defeat for the first time of the meet on July 20th, where he broke inwards and didn't have the late rally he needed. He's still such a nice horse, I rave about him every time he runs. He's won 10 of his 19 starts here at Ajax, he's never lost at 330 yards; as always he's the horse to beat. #7 Ourfirstorphan was second in that July 20th race where Eyesa Zoomn finished third. He's been second in three of his four starts this year, he's hit the board in 14 of 26 local starts, he's nice. #6 Jesse James Alibi gets the third spot on the basis that everyone else in this race is less than impressive to say the least. She started the season with a win going 110 yards, then ran fifth in another 110 yard race, but at a higher level, and most recently finished fourth in a $10,000 starter allowance. Ourfirstorphan was fifth in that race, but he broke slowly. Like I said, she seems better than the rest. I don't have much to say about her. Remember that the Late Double starts here.
Race 8: 3-6-7
Our final race of the day is for Ontario Sired $5,000 claiming maidens. #3 Sheza Fast Rambler ran two good efforts to start off the season, a second against Ontario Sired maidens and a third against open $5,000 maiden claimers. She then tried open maidens and finished an even sixths. She gets the biggest class drop today, and she should be a factor. #6 Everything Fast is a professional maiden, he's raced 17 times and runs plenty of good races, but he just can't get the job done. He's definitely better than most in this race. #7 Blazin On Bac debuts here for Barry Wood. Her workouts coming into this aren't flashy, but she doesn't need to be a flashy horse to run well here. At 12-1 I have no problem using her to round things out.
Good luck to everyone playing today!