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!