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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ajax Downs Selections June 25

We are back again at Ajax Downs with an eight race card this week. The feature is the finale, a $20,000 QROOI Overnight Series race for Ontario Sired maidens. Here are my selections for this week's card.

Race 1: 6-3-4
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #6 PASSUM LANE broke slowly and trailed throughout in his 2017 debut last week. He had a good season last year and catches a reasonable field; he just needs to break well. #3 RICH AND ON FIRE was beaten less than a length in his seasonal debut but broke poorly last time out. Last year his speed indexes were consistently in the 80s and he does look like the one to beat. #4 MISS HER MADLY was a troubled sixth last time out. She did have a second place finish to The Dominyunator last year and she may improve as she gains more experience. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 4-1-6
This race kicks off the early Pick 3. #4 COLE MINER has been in contention in each of his three starts this year, with a close fourth and two thirds. He has beat a lot of these horses in the past and could get the job done today. #1 CHANNELISLANDSFLYER has been right there in each of his three starts this year. He had some very good runs along the rail last year including a win and a second behind Storytime Blue. He should be competitive once again. #6 ARCTIC FAME is three for three this year. He was a winner at 110 yards over champion One Kool Wave last week and makes a quick return here.

Race 3: 5-8-2
#5 CHUGGINTON kicked off the season with a close second behind U.S. invader Swingin Bear. He likes 300 yards and hopefully will break well. #8 JIMMY BOYZ CARTEL was a winner in an restricted NW2 in his 2017 debut but got a rough trip two weeks later. He should be much more competitive with a clean run. #2 ROCKIN MISS KITTY did not show much in her debut. She was claimed out of that race and takes a big drop in class here.

Race 4: 4-6-1
This race begins the $0.20 Pick 4! #4 THE FLASH DRIVE raced well against very solid horses in his first two starts as a juvenile. He won his final start of the season easily and has raced well in both of his starts so far this year. #6 EYESA WILD BOY finished second, as he likes to do, behind The Dominyunator last time out. He had a very good run going 350 yards last year where he was second behind Memory Of Jay and probably would have won if not for a stumble at the start. #1 LIME KILN LANE broke his maiden on July 21 and now makes his return. He's lightly raced so the potential to keep improving is still there.

Race 5: 6-3-7
#6 STOLE MY VINO showed a bit of potential to be alright as a two year old. She made her three year old debut in the AQHA Challenge Maiden trials but did not show much. She may improve second off the layoff. #3 KOOL DASHIN BABE had a couple of okay runs in Louisiana last year. She finished an okay fifth in her Ajax debut three weeks ago and may be better now that she has experience over the track. #7 HELLO STOLI broke slowly in his Ajax debut on May 28 and finished last but was beaten only a length for everything. He's another with potential to improve a bit.

Race 6: 4-6-5
#4 KONA CORONA showed some talent in his first two starts but broke poorly in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity to end the season. He came back and edged out Rouge River Cartel for a win on May 28th and is one of several to consider here. #6 FAST BUCK raced well consistently last year, with runs against Stakes horses like Country Boy 123 in his lines. He was a non factor in the Picov Maturity last week behind Country Boy 123. He should be far more competitive here. #5 JESS KISS MY DASH is a full brother to Jesskissmytexas. He's a horse who seems to attract bad luck more often than you'd like but isn't un-talented by any means. He has had two sharp gate workouts prepping for his 2017 debut. The late Pick 3 begins here.

Race 7: 6-2-5
The Late Double starts here. #6 FURR SHEAR made his debut on June 4 with a sharp second behind American import Miss Dock Hill, who came back to be third against NW2 last week. He could be tough second time out. #2 FAST STREAKIN NICK has been second by a neck in both of his local starts, both against respectable foes. He seems to like it here. #5 GRABIN COURAGE was third on debut behind Hickerson, who later finished second in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity. He returned on May 28 for his season debut with a second place finish behind Agustoarnot where he veered inwards sharply. This group looks a bit tougher than his previous start.

Race 8: 8-1-9
Today's feature is a $22,000 QROOI Overnight series race for Ontario Sired maidens. #8 YOURNOTTHEBOSSOFME has worked three times from the gate since May and makes his debut here. He is out of Go Smashing Baby, a champion mare who raced here from 2003 to 2007, won several Stakes races and 27 of 39 starts. Hopefully this gelding has some of that talent. #1 DASHING OUT OF VEGAS, a full brother to Home to Vegas, showed nothing to get excited about last year. He did show improvement in his 2017 debut, finishing second in a speed index race, and now gets to take a shot here. #9 ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOMIN BY comes off of a pair of runner up finishes, most recently between Flirt With the Boyz and Two Kool To Wave, both who I think are respectable horses. She seems much better now than she was last year.
 
Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Ajax Downs Selections June 18

It's Sunday which means it's race day at Ajax Downs and do we ever have a stacked card today. 10 races on tap today, with two trials to the John Deere Juvenile Challenge, the first legs of the QROOI Sprint and Distance series races going 110 and 350 yards respectively, the AQHA Challenge Maiden final and the $58,000 Picov Maturity featuring a terrific group of older horses. There are sure to be many exciting races today, definitely worth tuning in for. Here are my selections for today's card.

Race 1: 5-4-1
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #5 PASSUM LANE wrapped up 2016 with a very good second in a Speed Index race. He was in the top three in seven of 10 starts last year and should fit with this group. #4 IAMASWEETMAN was beaten a head by Jimmy Boyz Cartel on May 14, a solid seasonal bow. Although only one for 30 in his career he is capable of grabbing cheques. #1 GRABIN AWARDS faced good fields in his final two starts of 2016, both third place finishes. He has worked well preparing for this season. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 4-5-6
This is the first trial to the John Deere Regional Juvenile Challenge. #4 LETHAL PYC is a son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon out of Lethal Pyc, a restricted Grade 1 winner and multiple open Grade 1 placed earner of over $450,000 US. He has improved in his workouts. #5 DIANE DYNAMITE raced well on debut at Indiana. She is a sister to several decent horses including Grade 3 placed Aberdonian. #6 CARENEROS leads the field in experience, racing three times already at Remington, showing some promise before being claimed for $25,000. The experience edge may make him the one to beat.

Race 3: 4-2-5
This is the second trial to the John Deere Regional Juvenile Challenge. #4 ZOOMN BLUE is a full brother to the ultra consistent Eyesa Zoomn. He has had a few gate works preparing for his debut. #2 ISLAND VODKA was beaten less than a length in her debut at Remington where she was bumped at the start. She could be tough with a clean start. #5 SILKY SENATOR has made two starts at Remington, both good third place efforts. She broke very well in her most recent start and is another who looks very threatening today. Pick 3 wagering is offered here.

Race 4: 1-6-4
This race kicks off the $.20 Pick 4! #1 WINNER ON A LARK caught a tough field and got a rough trip in her seasonal debut three weeks back. She gets in easier here and tends to race well from the rail. #6 NO CERVEZA FOR YOU dropped into a Speed Index race and beat a field that included Cole Miner. She runs far more good races than bad and had a three win streak last year. #4 IM PRETTY FAMES has raced in two starter allowance races this year and run a second and a decent fourth. Despite not winning a race last year she is a trier and is a win candidate here.

Race 5: 3-7-10
This race is a QROOI Sprint Series race going 110 yards. #3 BEACH BUM EDDIE is multiple stakes placed in Indiana. He is a very sharp breaker with a lot of class so the opportunity to try 110 yards makes perfect sense for him. #7 ONE KOOL WAVE has four wins in six tries at 110 yards. His lifetime record of 21 wins in 35 starts speaks for itself: he's really talented. We'll see how he does in his 9 year old debut. #10 CARTELS FAST MONEY won a QROOI Overnight series race for mares last month. She is a great breaker who has done well at 110 yards and will hopefully break well from the outside.

Race 6: 6-8-7
This race is a QROOI Distance Series race going 350 yards. #6 HICKERSON was the runner up in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity last year. He is a large, leggy horse who will appreciate longer distances from 350 and up. #8 ALAKAZAAM lost all hope at the start when trying to qualify to the Picov Maturity. He had an impressive win streak last year that included the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby. If he gets out well he should be tough. #7 ANGELLES BABY TNT overcame a slow start to be third in the QROOI Overnight race for mares last month. She has done well against respectable foes in Alberta earlier in her career. Pick 3 wagering is offered here.

Race 7: 4-6-1
This race is the $29,667 AQHA Challenge Maiden! It also starts the $.20 Late Pick 4. #4 FEARLESSLEE raced against some very classy horses as a juvenile in the U.S. In his Ajax debut he hopped at the start and cost himself some early ground. Hopefully he breaks more alertly. #6 MARYLAND MAGIC had run several good races down south last year and this spring, then scored a rather easy win in the trials for this race. He has a very real chance to double up here. #1 ONE DASHIN ROSE was an easy winner in her trial and set the fastest qualifying time. She has put in good efforts along the rail in previous races down south. 

Race 8: 3-4-8
#3 SNOW STORMING made her 2017 debut in a Speed Index race where she was fourth behind No Cerveza For You and Cole Miner. She gets back into her condition now and could be better second off the layoff. #4 MISS DOCK HILL broke well and broke her maiden in her Ajax debut on June 4. She had put in a few very good runs in the U.S. before coming here. #8 EC FIRE FLY broke her maiden in her Ajax debut over another American import named Fast Streakin Nick. She may continue to move forward.

Race 9: 8-1-7
Today's feature race is the $58,000 Picov Maturity! #8 ONE FAMOUS GLASS dug in with conviction to win his trial, his 15th career win. He wrapped up 2016 with a win in the Alex Picov Memorial Championship and must always be respected. #1 COUNTRY BOY 123 won his trial with complete authority, albeit in a race where his most dangerous competition, Alakazaam, was finished at the start. He was very game at Los Alamitos for the Adequen Derby Challenge Championship last fall and was deserving of the QROOI 2016 Horse of the Year honour he received. #7 FAST MAN VIC had a terrific run at Hialeah before coming to Ajax last year. His Ajax season didn't quite pan out as well as I thought it would, although he did score two wins here. He was very game in defeat behind One Famous Glass in the trials, and if he can find that old Hialeah form he could pull an upset here. The Late Double begins here.

Race 10: 7-3-2
#7 UAINTSEENNOTHINGYET showed nothing on debut, but wasn't too bad in his second start, finishing fourth of five behind Winner On a Lark and Hammer Tyme after a troubled trip. With a clean run down the outside he may be able to upset. #3 NORSE BAY finished fourth behind Ghost Pines and Flirt With the Boyz on opening day, then second behind repeat winner Perfect to Look At on May 21. In her most recent start she was sandwiched at the start and finished last. She is probably the one to beat. #2 STREAKIN JET SPEED has been no better than fifth in her five starts, but has had trouble in a few and has caught tough foes in others. This is the softest looking race she has been in.

Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Ajax Downs Selections June 11

Eight races this week at Ajax Downs. No stakes, trials or overnight series events and I'm in a rush so here are my selections for today's card.

Race 1: 3-1-5
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #3 CHANNELISLANDSFLYER did not break perfect last time but finished well to be third. His first start of the year was a narrow second in an optional claiming field where he outran The Fdd Map. He stretches out from 250 to 330 yards today. #1 MS DASHIN CORONA finished second behind Arctic Fame, a head in front of Channelislandsflyer last time out. She picks up a lot of second and third place cheques and draws the rail here. #5 COLE MINER was fourth by a half length in the optional claiming race that Channelislandsflyer finished second in, then finished third in a Speed Index race behind No Cerveza For You two weeks back. He fits just fine with this group. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 2-4-1
This race begins the early Pick 3. #2 SAMMIES ROCKET made his 2017 debut two weeks ago in a similar race where he finished fourth of six after breaking slowly. He had some good efforts last year and doesn't have to beat much today. #4 DASHING SUGARMAN wrapped up last year with a very close second after a string of non-threatening efforts. On the right day he is capable and he certainly has the ability to win this race but it is impossible to tell when he'll thrown in a good effort. #1 GEORGIES MAY KITTY is a maiden who has had some okay races against other non-winners. She could get a piece of the action today.

Race 3: 2-3-6
#2 IFWISHESWEREFISHES kicked off the season with a good second behind Miromar, a new U.S. import who already had a win at the meet. She was in good form at the end of 2016 and looks tough here. #3 SITUATION CRITICAL finished a neck behind Ifwisheswerefishes in the Miromar race two weeks ago. She missed the 2016 season but was running very well in 2015 against respectable horses. #6 PURRFECT STORM finished fourth by a half length in his seasonal debut four weeks ago. He had the rail post on that day but may be better from the outside gate he draws this time out.

Race 4: 1-5-6
This race kicks off the $.20 Pick 4! #1 PEGASOS ONE UNDERPAR is an 11 time winner with nearly $150,000 in earnings. He did not score any wins last year but did have two seconds at the end of the season, one behind Fiesty Icon and the other a very narrow defeat to Eyesa Zoomn. He's a classy old horse who should be right there. #5 SUGARMANS DELIGHT stumbled at the start going 110 yards to kick off the year. He exits a fourth place finish behind Denali Teller Off, Countrys Comin Bac and Speedocracy two weeks ago. Last year he was beaten a nose by Alakazaam in the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby. #6 FLY N ROCK is a NW3 who has been doing well in claiming races down south. He seems to do his best running at longer distances, he's a winner at 550 yards, but the bigger question is how will he stand up facing our higher level horses. He is worth consideration as a longshot.

Race 5: 4-5-2
#4 THE DOMINYUNATOR was an easy winner in his final start of 2016. In his most recent start he was third behind Kona Corona and Rouge River Cartel, who returned to win last week. He looks very competitive. #5 EYESA WILD BOY exits a well beaten third in a race where basically nobody but the eventual winner broke great leaving that horse with an easy lead and a near two-length win. It could have been a very different race with a different break. Although only one for 16 in his career he is a very hard trier who runs very well more times than not. #2 AGUSTOARNOT caught the right field and really seemed to wake up last time, breaking his maiden by a length. There are some tougher horses here but some horses begin to improve after they figure out how to win.

Race 6: 3-8-4
#3 A GAME DASHER finished third behind Zoxtobeyou and Home Ice after being bumped at the start two weeks ago. That's a tough couple of horses and she finds herself eligible for this Speed Index race where things should be a bit less difficult. #8 FLY FAST FOR KAYLEE won his seasonal debut at this level on May 14. He is a solid hard knocker between the Speed Index and Starter Allowance ranks who always warrants a look. #4 YAWLPLAYINGWITHFIRE was a qualifier to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity last year. He scored a maiden win against Ontario Sired company on May 14 and has a shot to round things out here. The late Pick 3 starts here.

Race 7: 4-3-6
The Late Double starts here. #4 TRES FORTUNE drew the rail and gravitated towards it two weeks back, finishing fourth by a half length. In his Ajax debut last year he was third behind Home to Vegas and Zoxtobeyou before being placed second. He could tough if he keeps a straight path today. #3 FAST STREAKIN NICK had some good efforts in Louisiana last year and ran well in his Ajax debut, finishing second by a neck and outfinishing a few rivals who return here, including Tres Fortune. He may be the one to beat in his second start over the surface. #6 PEVES STREAKIN CLASSY has been racing in maiden claiming races in Oklahoma and has been beaten a half length in each of her last three outings. She should be able to be competitive.

Race 8: 9-4-3
#9 FLIRT WITH THE BOYZ finished second behind Ghost Pines on opening day. She was a qualifier to the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity last year, and that Futurity was the only race where she wasn't second or third. #4 TWO KOOL TO WAVE has been no worse than fourth in four starts so far in his career. He has had some issues at the gate but has done well in spite of them and certainly has potential to be a nice horse. #3 JESS RIP debuts here with three gate workouts on her form. She is out of Rippin Dash, a mare won won her career debut at Mt. Pleasant Meadows. She may be big on debut.
 
Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us this week!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Ajax Downs Selections June 4

Back in action today at Ajax Downs. A cancellation two weeks back delayed this, but we finally get to run our first trials of the season, two for the AQHA Maiden Challenge and two for the Picov Maturity. It is sure to be a great card. Here are my selections.

Race 1: 5-3-6
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #5 GHOST PINES overcame a troubled start and surged through a tight spot to win on opening day. Her lone start last year was a very good second behind One Special Domino. She was quite impressive in winning last time and looks tough today. #3 PERFECT TO LOOK AT faced good fields in each of his four starts last year, then dropped into Ontario Sired company for his 2017 debut and was an easy winner. He faces a much tougher group here compared to who he won against. #6 EYESA WILD BOY was a non factor in his 2017 debut, but his 2016 debut was not very hot either and he quickly found his form. He is very consistent at grabbing cheques with 11 top three finishes in 15 career starts. The Daily Double and a Pick 3 start here.

Race 2: 2-4-1
This is the first of two trials to the AQHA Challenge Maiden. #2 CORONAS CHROME was beaten a neck on debut at Remington. In his third start he was fourth in a Speedhorse Futurity trial behind a horse named Dreamers Liaison, who later won a trial to the Miss Roxie Little Futurity at Indiana and was fourth by half a length in that final. He has had two local gate works in preparation for these trials. #4 ONE DASHIN ROSE barely broke and was outrun in her final start at Will Rogers. She had decent form prior at Remington and Indiana, including a field-best 66 speed figure on September 13. She looks competitive, assuming she breaks with the field. #1 TWO KOOL TO WAVE was an impressive fourth after a bad break in his debut, then continued to run well despite not being able to get the win. I do expect him to win something this year, and if the US invaders prove to be overrated in this field he could be very dangerous.

Race 3: 1-2-4
This is the second of two trials to the AQHA Challenge Maiden, as well as the start of the $.20 early Pick 4! #1 FEARLESSLEE debuted with a fourth place finish in the Ruidoso Futurity trials. The winner of that trial, Apolltical Chad, went on to win the Ruidoso Futurity before finishing fourth in the All American Futurity. That trial also contained Sam Houston Futurity winner Just Call Me Carter and eventual stakes-winner Whata Corona, who is five for 10 in his career. His most recent start was a close third for a claiming price at Los Alamitos. He is the class of the race. #2 MARYLAND MAGIC has scored four top-three finishes in seven starts so far in his career. So far in 2017 he has two thirds in three tries at Sunland and Remington, including a run in the slop which should be noted in case of poor weather conditions. He seems like an honest type. #4 FLIRT WITH THE BOYZ put in some good efforts against solid horses as a two year old. She raced on opening day, finishing a very good second behind Ghost Pines, a filly who looks to have a very bright future. Although she catches some tough looking invaders here, she has at least proven she can compete with the high-end locals.

Race 4: 2-1-4
This race begins a Pick 3. #2 LUMMIS FIRST qualified to last year's Alex Picov Memorial Futurity where he finished seventh. He made his three year old debut in a Speed Index race where he finished a neck behind Fly Fast For Kaylee, a consistent old veteran runner. He could move forward second time off the layoff. #1 ROUGE RIVER CARTEL finished third on opening day behind Miromar and Zoxtobeyou, both of which have come back to win their next starts. He returned last week with a very good second behind Kona Corona. He consistently puts in solid efforts. #4 ZING DYNASTY was fourth, just behind Rouge River Cartel on opening day. She broke on top but evened out late. She had the rail post and was making her first start over the track; perhaps she may be better without these circumstances in play today.

Race 5: 5-4-3
This is the first of two trials to the Picov Maturity. #5 FIESTY ICON did not look to be a serious factor in the top older horse division in his first starts last year, but quickly got back on track with wins in the trials and final of the Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity. He then came back to open company for a third place finish in the All Canadian Classic, then a very narrow runner up finish in the Alex Picov Memorial Championship. If he is ready off the bench he is a player here. #4 ONE FAMOUS GLASS has been a winner in these trials two years in a row. It's obvious why one would pick him: he practically always runs well. He's a 14 time winner with nearly a quarter-million in the bank. He won the Alex Picov Memorial Championship last year and always runs well off of the layoff. #3 ONE KOOL WAVE made his return to the races with a light campaign of four starts last year, with two wins, a second and a third. He wrapped things up with a win in the QROOI Sprint series final, and was beaten a neck by his powerful stablemate First Down the Track in a previous QROOI Sprint Series race. He is a very capable veteran. A Pick 3 starts here.

Race 6: 1-3-7
This is the second of two trials to the Picov Maturity, as well as the start of the $.20 late Pick 4!. #1 COUNTRY BOY 123 tasted defeat only once in seven local starts last year, scoring two Derby wins along the way. They took their berth to the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship at Los Al and finished a very credible fourth in the $200,000 final behind Jess Good Reason, who went on to win the G1 Charger Bar Handicap and Toughie, a three time Stakes winner in Alberta who qualified to the Ed Burke Million Futurity as a juvenile. With a clean break, it's tough to anticipate a poor run from this gelding. #3 ALAKAZAAM is hardly a slouch either. He scored six wins in eight starts last year, one of the losses being the start where he dropped his rider at the start. He did outrun Country Boy 123 once last year and finished narrowly behind him in the Derby Challenge despite not breaking perfectly. He's a perfectly capable horse. #7 RUNAWAY CAUSE is not a model of consistency but does throw in some very good runs on occasion. In her 2016 debut she was second behind One Kool Wave. She also ran credibly behind Alakazaam and Fast Man Vic last year. She has a lot of run in her, it's just a case of whether or not she'll show it.

Race 7: 1-5-2
#1 FLASHY LIFESTYLE makes her career debut here. She is by very talented runner and successful New Mexico sire First Moonflash out of a Mr Jess Perry mare. She failed to make the races while training in New Mexico last year, but has improved with a series of gate workouts here. We'll see how she goes at first asking. #5 MISS DOCK HILL was beaten a nose in her final start of 2016, a maiden claimer at Will Rogers. She had a solid juvenile season which included a third in a Heritage Place Futurity trial and warrants consideration here. #2 EH LEADEROFTHEBEACH finished fourth in her lone start at the Oneida County Fairgrounds in Idaho. The winner of that race, Duck Dash N Go ended up winning the Futurity at Oneida and was second in a Stakes race at Los Alamitos. We will see how the Idaho form translates at Ajax. The final Pick 3 on the card starts here.

Race 8: 4-5-8
This race kicks off the Late Double. #4 SELECTIVE MEMORY rode the rail to a win in a tough optional claimer over Channelislandsflyer and The Fdd Map last time out. He finds himself eligible for this Speed Index race and gets in easier than he did last time. #5 SIX SHOOTIN TEX is the model of consistency despite how lightly raced he is, 10 top three finishes in 12 starts. He scored his third career win three weeks back and certainly looks like he can pick up a piece of it today. #8 CRUWSYN THE ARCTIC was run down narrowly by Hope Rambles On two weeks back in a short field. Although 2016 was not a great season for him, the fields he faced last year were all topped by very good horses that would be tough to beat if they were facing this group. Don't write him off.

Race 9: 2-7-8
#2 LATER TATER qualified to the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity where he finished third by a head behind Home to Vegas and Home Ice. He then raced in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity trials but lost all hope of getting into the final as he along with several others were wiped out by Zoxtobeyou. He has worked well this spring and should be tough. #7 BEWITCHIN was not a factor in her lone start last year. She worked from the gate in 14.01 which does not set the track on fire, but the track was fairly slow that day and probably would have posted a quicker number on a normal day. She may be better as a three year old. #8 SCOUTING FOR ME was third by a neck behind Ghost Pines on opening day before getting beat a nose a week later. He has 8 top three finishes in 14 starts and looks better than several of his competitors.
 
Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!