Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ajax Downs Tuesday Selections

We're back at Ajax Downs with a fantastic nine-race card of Quarter Horse action! This week's card is highlighted by a pair of trials to the Alex Picov Memorial Championship, with Ontario's best older horses looking for their spot in the final over the classic 440 yard distance. For our on-track players, we've also got another handicapping contest. It's a $10 entry fee, with $300 going to the winner, $150 going to the second place finisher and $50 going to third, plus every player receives a free hat and t-shirt! Here are my program selections for today's races.

Race 1: 2-5-6
Welcome back to Ajax Downs for a great Tuesday afternoon card of racing. We kick the day off with a $3,000 conditioned claiming race. #2 Chiseled in Kisses takes a big drop in class here. He started off the season with a very good third, but failed to be a factor in his two next races. His speed figures are strong for this group. #5 A Royal Look had little to offer in his seasonal debut, but came back two weeks ago with a good fourth place finish. He's not the winning sort but he does run plenty of good efforts. #6 Kool N Kinda Special stumbled at the start on July 20th and raced evenly. Since then he has not raced well. The class drop and small field should help him improve today. The Early Double starts in this race.

Race 2: 2-3-6
Early Pick 3 wagering is available here, in this two year old maiden dash. #2 Fiesty Icon finished second to Jumping Guitar in an Alex Picov Memorial Futurity trial before finishing an unlucky ninth in the final. Any horse who's finished second to Jumping Guitar has to be given a lot of respect, that filly has been terrific since coming to Ajax. #3 Arctic Special Fame showed a lot of improvement last time out, finishing third by a neck, placed second by DQ. Another effort like that makes him a big factor here. #6 Chew On My Caboose debuts here for Bob Broadstock. She is out of a mare who won seven times, including her career debut at Manor Downs in Texas. Decent 250 yard gate workout in 13.78. A longshot to consider.

Race 3: 5-2-1
#5 Eyesa Zoomn is the horse to beat, sporting a record of 4-3-0-1 this meet, 20-11-4-1 at Ajax Downs, and speed figures to match it. There's really not much to say about this horse, he's just a tough gelding who knows how to win and does it a lot. #2 Jessies Leaving You actually defeated Eyesa Zoomn on July 20 and came back to win a 110 yard dash. She's looking for her fourth consecutive win, has to be respected. #1 Channelislandflyer won a $7,000 claiming NW3 two back easily, then ran a very good second in a $7,000 starter allowance behind a nice horse named Jj Maxwell. He loves to hit the board and has run well from the inside post in the past.

Race 4: 5-2-7
The fourth race is the first leg of the $.20 Pick 4, so be sure to get into that action! #5 Code 36 is a very interesting horse here.To qualify for this race you need an average speed index of 80 or less. This horse's average speed index is 74. However, in six of the ten races on his form, he's run speed indexes of 80 or higher. He won easily on August 17, the horse to beat. #2 Not too Much is a Stakes winning filly who competed in last week's Ontario Sires Stakes Derby. This is almost the biggest class drop she could make. Hopefully the easier company helps her perform better. #7 Yessir E Bob is two for three this year, most recently winning a $5,000 NW2 confidently. I like him to round things out.

Race 5: 10-8-2
This race is the first of two trials for the Alex Picov Memorial Championship. #10 One Famous Glass spend some time at Remington Park in Oklahoma back in the spring and did Ajax very proud, finishing a very good fourth in the Grade I Leo Stakes before winning an open allowance race. Very few Ontario horses can even compete at lower levels in Oklahoma, never mind win at the higher levels. His two most recent works were bullets; very dangerous here. #8 Mitford finished a disappointing, even fourth in the Bank of America Challenge on August 26th. On paper he should have been first or second in that race but did not fire at all. Very classy horse, usually loves to win, but you have to be concerned off of that last race. #2 A Plain Brown Rapper has been very on and off this year, most recently finishing last in a three horse race. He has big back class, last year he was beaten a nose in a Grade II at Prairie Meadows. The bottoms of this race are wide open, I don't see why this horse couldn't round things out.

Race 6: 9-2-5
This race is second and final trial for the Alex Picov Memorial Championship. #9 Country Boy Deluxe is a horse who loves it here at Ajax, he has a local record of 7-5-0-1. He has run good races at the 440 yard distance before, including a fourth in the 2012 Hialeah Derby and a second in the 2012 Fort Erie Derby. I like his chances to get his third consecutive win today. #2 First Down the Track was a dominant winner of an open allowance on August 3rd. She's a very talented mare, an earner of almost $150,000, and one who always has to be respected. #5 The Fdd Map is a classy gelding with almost $175,000 in the bank. He hasn't had a great 2014, only winning once in seven tries. Most recently he ran an okay fifth in the Bank of America Challenge. This is a bit of an easier spot, but he will need to improve some if he wants to win today.

Race 7: 2-8-5
#2 Caraways Zoomto Fame finished third against Ontario Sired Maiden company on Canada Day, then attempted the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby trials. The horses he faced there were ridiculously tougher, and he finished fifth of six. Today drops all the way down to Ontario Sired $5,000 maiden claiming where he probably belongs. #8 Dick Greyson was a well beaten second last out against open $10,000 claming maidens. He drops again today, draws outside and should run well. #5 Everything Fast loves to be close but doesn't want to be first, he's still a maiden after 19 starts. He did run a very close second last time; perhaps 20th time's the charm. Remember that the Late Pick 3 starts here.

Race 8: 3-2-7
Late Double wagering is available here. #3 This Chics Leaving is a five year old mare making her debut here for trainer Lee Baker, who won with another five-year old first in I Like Chics on July 8. She posted a decent 250 yard gate workout in 13.72, I'll take a shot with her at a price. #2 Lil Shaz exits a seventh place finish in the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby. Her third place finish in the trial for that race is quite respectable; the one to beat. #7 Executive Dash has been knocking on the door, his record is 8-0-3-3. In his two most recent efforts he's been close against open company. Today he returns to the Ontario Sired ranks. One to be considered.

Race 9: 4-9-7
We wrap the day up with an NW3 or optional $5,000 claiming race. #4 Probie won a optional $7,000 claimer two back over a nice horse named Cat Vision, then finished a good second behind a nice three year old called Bold Six Love. He loves 350 yards, 7-4-0-1 record at the distance, and has outrun a few of today's competitors in the past. #9 Jesswatchme has been third in all four of his local starts this year. He's a very consistent sort, the only races on his form where he's off the board were his two tries at Hialeah; respected. #7 Catch a Heart too a few starts this year to get the gears going, but won at third asking. He came back in a $7,000 claimer and didn't run as well. He's been given a month and half off now, and I'll give him a shot to round things out.

Good luck to everyone playing today!

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