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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Ajax Downs Canada Day Selections

Happy Canada Day! Canada turns 150 years old today and the sport of horse racing has been around for 250 years on the day. We are celebrating at Ajax Downs today with a seven race card highlighted by a pair of trials to the Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity. Celebrate our great country with some Canadian racing! Here are my selections for today's card.

Race 1: 6-2-4
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #6 SCOUTING FOR ME has hit the board in each of his three starts this year, most recently second behind the very impressive Later Tater. Although still a maiden with 15 starts he looks tough here. #2 WINNERS PROSPECT has faced some tough U.S. imports in his recent starts. He drops back in to face Ontario Bred company where he has had most of his closer finishes. #4 BAC IN FIRST was a decent fifth last time out. She will use a flipping halter today, something she has used in the past but did not in her most recent start. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 2-3-6
The early Pick 3 begins here. #2 LS PRINCE was eliminated at the start in a tough race on May 7 and was then deemed a non-starter after not receiving a fair start on June 4. With a clean break he could handle this group. #3 DEES BLACK DIMPLES was an okay fifth in her first start of the season. Her form in 2016 was better earlier in the year so she may be live now. #6 KINDA LIKEA LOVESONG was second behind Passum Lane last week. She was in a little tight early. She can be bad in the gate but should be competitive with a clean start.

Race 3: 7-6-3
#7 ANGELLES BABY TNT had a third in a QROOI Overnight series race for mares to kick off 2017 but had a rough trip last time out in the Distance series race. She takes a class drop here. #6 PANTHER HERO was a Stakes winning two year old and Stakes placed as a three year old. He managed to qualify for the Picov Maturity but finished last after breaking poorly. This is a much softer spot but he needs to break better. #3 SHAKE SOME SUGAR was narrowly beaten by No Cerveza For You last time out on May 28. A repeat of that effort makes her competitive once again.

Race 4: 3-6-1
This is the first of two trials to the Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity. It also kicks off the $.20 Pick 4. #3 FIESTY ICON was third behind One Famous Glass and Fast Man Vic in the Picov Maturity trials. Those two ended up being third and second respectively behind Country Boy 123 in the final. He is the defending OSS Maturity champion. #6 ALBERTT was a Speed Index race winner on May 7 and makes his return here. He was unlucky in his only try in a Stakes trial last year so we don't know how he fits but he is game. #1 HOPE RAMBLES ON was a winner on May 21 but did not get away well in a tough 110 yard race two weeks ago. She was a four time winner in nine starts last year and has won from the rail before.

Race 5: 6-10-5
This is the second of two trials to the Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity. #6 SPEEDOCRACY was a good third behind Denali Teller Off and Countrys Comin Bac in his first start of the year. He has been Stakes placed three times and is worth a look here. #10 DINAHLICIOUS was a good fourth in the OSS Maturity last year behind Fiesty Icon, Jesskissmytexas and Im Aquicktrick. Only Fiesty Icon is in this year's trials. She was a very good second behind Pegasos One Underpar on June 11 and makes her second start of the year here. #5 EYESA SPEEDY SIMON exits the same race as Speedocracy but was squeezed at the start and trailed the field. He qualified to this race last year and leads this field in earnings with over $96,000 in the bank. Late Pick 3 wagering is offered here.

Race 6: 9-5-3
The Late Double starts here. #9 ITSALLABOUTRAMBLIN was second to No Cerveza For You in the slop on June 18. He was game in some tough races last year and could be worth a look at a bit of a price. #5 DAYTONA 500 won her NW2 on October 10 but has caught some tough fields and hasn't had great starts in two tries this year. She gets back into her condition and is another option who may offer value. #3 HOME ICE finished second to Zoxtobeyou in his only start of the year so far. He was second in last year's Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity and although he is only a non-winner of two he could be a factor here.

Race 7: 8-5-1
#8 FISHIN FOR A CORONA was a winner facing non-winners of two in her first career start. She gets to run in the same condition again but this group is tougher than the last. We'll see what she can do. #5 ONE DASHING ROSE was an easy trial winner on June 4 before finishing a close third in the AQHA Challenge Maiden last time out. She moves from the rail to a gate that should be loaded late under normal circumstances. #1 MRS FIRST LADY broke her maiden in the AQHA Challenge Maiden last time out. She has a live chance to double up today.
 
Good luck and happy Canada Day!

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