Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Ajax Downs Closing Day Selections

Well, we're finally at the end of the road of the 2014 racing season at Ajax Downs. It's been a lot of fun, the racing has been exciting, everything has been amazing. We really appreciate everyone who has joined us this year, and we hope everyone will be back in 2015! For the final time in 2014, here are my program selections.

Race 1: 4-2-5
Welcome to the final day of the 2014 live racing season! We've got a great eight race card to wrap up the meet today. #4 Wild Roze kicked off 2014 with a maiden win, but has been 0-for-six since trying to get her second win. Her speed figures have been consistently higher than the rest of this group's, and she has been in some far tougher spots than this. #2 Imaflysmashingbaby exits a third place finish in a fairly weak Speed Index race last week. He did get a win three starts back, but you have to concerned with his inconsistency. #5 Another Shark dropped in for a $5,000 claiming tag two back and that was all he needed to get the win.He then tried non winners of two on September 30 but did not run very well. He's been on the board in seven of 13 starts and this is a soft bunch, so I think he can round it out. Remember that Early Double wagering is available here!

Race 2: 1-6-5
This race is the start of the Early Pick 3. #1 On The Edge of Glory closed very fast in his second career start to be second by a head. Today he gets an extra 30 yards to work with and has potential to continue to improve with more experience. #6 Dick Greyson has yet to run a bad race in his six race career, but just hasn't been able to get the job done. He exits a good second with a 47 speed figure, a number that makes him look like a big player in this race; he just needs to run like that again. #5 Chicks Kisses has been very close in her last two starts, but is 0-for-17 in her career and is just tough to take as a win proposition. I can definitely see her rounding things out.

Race 3: 3-7-6
#3 Nemos Angle doesn't run very often, but she usually runs very well; she's been second or third in six of her last seven starts. She's a bit win-shy, as are most of her competitors, but she's been earning solid speed figures and has been so close so many times I have to think she's due for a win. #7 I Like Chics has already won twice in only five starts, making him easily the winningest horses in this race percentage wise. He exits a handy win at this distance, albeit against a softer group of horses; has potential to double up today. #6 Oh Gary finished second to Storytime Blue last time, a mare who has some talent. This gelding has been put in some ridiculously tough races that he never belonged in this year, but when he faces these conditioned allowance types he's usually competitive.

Race 4: 6-3-4
This race is the start of the $.20 Pick 4! #6 Ttt Kellys Regan broke his maiden over the sloppy going last week. He had run some good races at tougher tracks like Hialeah and Louisiana Downs prior to his maiden score, and has the highest class rating of the group. #3 Winners Spirit also raced last week, finishing a good second in a weak Speed Index race. He hasn't won since July 2013, but he's been in some tougher groups than he's facing today. #4 I Am Perfect exits a respectable fifth place finish against allowance company. He's not a horse with a lot of ability, but he's maiden win last year came at the end of the meet; we'll see if he runs any better on the class drop.

Race 5: 2-7-6
Tough group of starter allowance horses go to gate here. #2 Jj Maxwell exits back to back wins at this level with very strong speed figures to back it up. He's a horse who knows how to win, with seven victories under his belt and has to be respected here. #7 Channelislandflyer has been in solid form, with three seconds and two wins in his last five starts. He was second to Jj Maxwell last time, defeated the talented Eyesa Zoomn two back, and three back was second to Jj Maxwell again. We'll see if he can turn the tables today. #6 Storytime Blue won very nicely in an Ontario Bred $5,000 claiming race last time, closing late with her ears pointed forward. This is a significantly tougher field, but I think she has the ability to put in a respectable effort.

Race 6: 5-2-4
Co-featured on today's card is this open allowance for older horses going 400 yards. #5 Feature My News is a horse I was high on when he first came here to Ajax, but disappointed me in his first few starts. He then broke through with a great runner up finish in the Bank of America Challenge behind a talented American shipper, and then took an effortless victory in an allowance event. He's a multiple Stakes winner in the States who raced well all over the country, and I think he'll be tough here. #2 One Famous Glass looked very much the one to beat in the Alex Picov Memorial Championship, but didn't get away well and had his running path cut off, resulting in an okay fifth place finish. When this horse is on his game he's extremely tough; he finished fourth in the Grade I Leo Stakes at Remington Park earlier this year. He can certainly rebound today. #4 What Ta Wear was having a great 2014 with three wins and some very good efforts in Stakes company, but then went down to Hazel Park for a small Stakes race ten days ago. In that race she broke great, but took a bad bump, lost her footing and was pulled up. That race is not a reflection of her ability at all, she can rebound at a price. Don't discount #6 First Down the Track either, she is very live and has a big shot to win this. This is one of the most competitive six horse races I've seen in a long time. Remember that the Late Pick 3 starts here.

Race 7: 8-4-1
The other featured race of the day is this open allowance for two year olds going 330 yards. #8 Selective Memory was fourth in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity two starts back before exploding to win a maiden event very nicely. He has the highest class rating of the bunch and I think there's a good shot that he will double up. #4 Fiesty Icon broke his maiden two back in Ontario Sired company and came back to pull an upset win at this open allowance level. He certainly looked good in that win and he has a big shot to do it again. #1 Speed of Life was second to Fiesty Icon in that open allowance two weeks ago, fighting gamely from the rail but coming out second best. I don't know that she can rebound and get the win today, but I wouldn't totally discount it as a possibility. Be sure to play the Late Double!

Race 8: 6-8-10
Two year old maidens go to gate for the final race of 2014! #6 Chik Flick qualified to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity, where he ran an okay sixth. He then went into the maiden ranks and finished a good second, but was DQd for veering out and bothering a foe. He seems to be the most talented of this bunch. #8 Fearghas is the foe who was bothered by Chik Flick. This gelding debuted in the race where Chik Flick was second but DQd, and was running fairly well before Chik Flick veered out, causing the rider to have to check, finishing fifth but bumped up to fourth. He can improve second time out with (hopefully) a clear running path. #10 Arctic Gate debuted with a good second in Ontario Sired company before coming back to finish fourth (DQd to ninth after bothering a foe) in a trial for the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity. She has been running well and deserves a look. The outside post could be beneficial. Thank you to everyone who joined us here at Ajax Downs for this fantastic season of Quarter Horse racing! See you all in 2015!

Good luck to everyone playing today! Thanks again from all of us here at Ajax Downs!

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