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!

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