Sunday, 24 July 2016

Ajax Downs Selections July 24

Sunday is upon us which means another day of Quarter Horse racing at Ajax Downs! Today we have no Stakes races, but we do have a pair of trials to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity, as well as a two year old maiden race, so it is a good day for fans of the juveniles. First post is at 12:55 ET. Here are my selections.

Race 1: 2-1-5
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #2 BLUE SPEEDO was a qualifier to last year's Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. So far this year he has raced twice, with a second and a third place finish. He most recently finished second behind Speedocracy in the trials for the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby. He gets back in against maidens here. #1 BDB GHOST TRANE debuts here. She is by Brookstone Bay, a Graded Stakes winner who fared well in several Grade 1 events at Los Alamitos, and out of Ryda Trane, a two time Stakes winner in Alberta. She has shown improvement in her works and could be worth a look today. #5 THE KATY SPECIAL was a qualifier to last year's Alex Picov Memorial Futurity and this year's AQHA Challenge Maiden. She exits an okay fifth place finish on July 3 and has competitive speed figures. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 7-3-6
This race is the first of two trials to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity, as well as the start of the early Pick 3. #7 HOME TO VEGAS won the first two year old race of the season on June 19 quite convincingly. He posted a bullet workout on July 6, going 250 yards from the gate in 13.30, and has an experience edge over his competition, who are all first time starters. #3 LATER TATER is by Wild Boyz, who has produced several very nice runners, and out of Eyesa Quick, who qualified to a few Stakes and was a six time winner. He shows two workouts in preparation, including a 250 yard gate work in 13.94 on July 6. #6 ADABOI KINGSLEY is by Down Home Dash, a very successful runner here and in Michigan in the early 90s. He worked twice from the gate at Hazel Park, most recently going 220 yards in 12.26, a respectable time.

Race 3: 2-3-1
This is the second and final trial to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity.#3 HOME ICE debuts after a 13.60 gate workout on July 6. He is out of Driving Annie Home, who was an 11 time winner in a 27 race career, qualifying to two Futurities and placing in both of them as a two year old. #3 MAKE ME BODACIOUS is a full sister to Make Me a Miracle, who although not a Stakes horse is an alright mare in her own right. This filly shows two gate works at Hazel, going 220 in 12.47 and 12.26. Her dam, Make Us a Miracle won her first two career starts and qualified to two futurities in 2006. #1 ARISING MIRACLE is the only runner in the field with some racing experience. He debuted in the race won by Home to Vegas on July 19 and finished fifth. However, experience could help and he drew the rail post that day, so he may be comfortable with it today.

Race 4: 6-5-3
This race kicks off the $.20 Pick 4! #6 KONA CORONA is a half brother to Graded Stakes winner A Plain Brown Rapper, who was a very solid racehorse. He has worked twice from the gate prepping for this start, most recently going in 13.67. #5 ZOXTOBEYOU finished second behind Home to Vegas on June 19. He is the only runner in this field with some racing experience and he showed a bit of kick that day as well. #3 CAPTAIN CAROLINA has worked twice at Hazel from the gate, going 220 yards in 12.68 and 12.20. He is the first foal out of Jess Carolina, who was an eight time winner in 37 starts with over $115,000 in career earnings.

Race 5: 6-2-4
#6 FAST FERDINAND makes his first start at Ajax Downs here. He won a trial to the Speedhorse Futurity in Tulsa and was beaten a length in the final. He also won a trial to the Valley Junction Futurity at Prairie Meadows but was DQd for a positive test. His last run at Indiana was not too bad. #2 SELECTIVE MEMORY exits a sixth place finish in a QROOI Overnight Series Open which was topped by First Down the Track, The Fdd Map and One Famous Glass. He won three consecutive starts last year and now gets to take a bit of a dip in class. #4 OURFIRSTORPHAN exits a second place finish at this level last week. He has yet to miss the board in three tries this year. On May 8 he finished third behind One Kool Wave. He certainly looks like he should be a factor here.

Race 6: 1-5-4
#1 PASSUM LANE has been game in all three of his starts this year, including a third behind Albertt and No Cerveza for You, who have both been win machines this year. He was a favourite to win two weeks back but flipped in the gate and had to be scratched. He schooled at the gate this week and should appreciate the stretch out to 350 yards. #5 EYE GOT YET BACK finished a clear second on July 10 behind Fames Winner. He previously had not shown too much run, so that was a wake up effort for him. Hopefully he can continue to show that kind of form. #4 WINNERS REX has raced well in each of his start this year except for his June 5 effort over a muddy track. He had some trip trouble last time out and was hardly beaten for third in spite of it. He could be right there. Late Pick 3 wagering is offered here.

Race 7: 6-7-4
Today's feature is a QROOI Overnight Series race for Ontario bred three year olds. It also kicks off the Late Double. #6 COUNTRYS COMIN BAC won his first two career starts, then jumped to a tougher condition and finished second behind Cole Miner, an old win machine who just came back to win again on Thursday. He's lightly raced and he looks very competitive with this group. #7 SPEEDOCRACY raced very well in both of last year's futurities. He was an easy trial winner heading into the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby and finished a solid third in the final. The stretch out in distance to 400 yards should be good for him, as he can be a late closing type. #4 MEMORY OF JAY finished a game second behind Country Boy 123 in the AQHA Challenge Maiden before going on to an easy maiden win on June 19. He finished fourth in last year's Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. I think he's got some solid potential to be okay.

Race 8: 3-7-1
#3 ALBERTT went through his final condition on July 10, winning a NW3 allowance. He has been on a role this year, winning three of his five starts. He took a Speed Index win on June 5 so you have to think he can fit well at the level. #7 RAM TUFF faced a tough group at a higher condition level on July 3rd, but raced well to be fourth by a half length behind Dm Paid in Cash, Yawl Keep Textin and Reckless an Wild. This will be his first start at the Speed Index level, but he appears more than competitive, potentially at a solid price. #1 WILD BOYZ VICTORY snapped a long held losing streak on July 10 with a NW2 win. Although things get tougher here. she is very good at picking up cheques and has raced well from the rail post in the past.
Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

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