Sunday, 9 July 2017

Ajax Downs Selections July 9

Juvenile season kicks into gear this week at Ajax. We have our first Stakes event for two year olds today, the John Deere Juvenile Challenge, as well as a maiden event for the babies. We may be seeing some future stars today. Eight races on deck today, here are my selections.

Race 1: 7-2-5
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #7 SENATOR WOOT had trouble in her debut at Remington. She ran in the John Deere trials where she finished an okay fourth behind some decent horses. She may continue to move forward. #2 AJ CHICK IN 15 was claimed for $10,000 out of his most recent start, a second place finish at Remington. She worked well enough over the local surface on June 28. #5 WAVE REBEL is out of Seditious, a multiple Stakes winning dam. He worked 250 yards from the gate in 13.90 on May 24. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 1-7-2
This race starts the early Pick 3. #1 ITZ ALL GOOD has made four starts this year and has faced some very tough foes including Albertt and Arctic Fame. He drops out of Starter Allowance company and should be a factor here. #7 CHUGGINGTON was narrowly beaten going 110 yards on May 14 but was a bit even in his most recent out two weeks ago. The group he faced last time looked tougher than this one. #2 SHESASTREAKINCHICK is winless since June 2015 but has been a fringe player at this level more recently. She could round things out.

Race 3: 1-7-4
#1 SWINGIN BEAR won his Ajax debut at 110 yards, ran a good enough fourth facing NW3 on May 28, but was outclassed and finished sixth at 110 again in the QROOI Sprint Series race. He gets back into a NW3 and would be worth a play at 10-1. #7 SITUATION CRITICAL came back after a layoff from the fall of 2015 and has run two big races, right there at the wire both times. She beat Swingin Bear and Cr Party With Corona last time, two of the foes she faces today. #4 ROUGE RIVER CARTEL was a convincing NW2 winner two back, then ran a good third behind Im Speedy and Kona Korona in a NW3. His form is good and there are good references out of all of his recent starts.

Race 4: 3-7-1
This race begins the $.20 Pick 4! #3 PYC TRICKIE LADY makes her first start of the year here, showing a quick gate move on June 21. She ran quite a few good races against respectable foes last year and may be ready to fire first off the bench. #7 FAST STREAKIN NICK has three local starts and three runner up finishes. This will be the first time he's drawn outside at Ajax which may help him. #1 GOGO JANGLES qualified to the AQHA Challenge Maiden and finished fourth by less than a length in the final. He gets in a bit easier here.

Race 5: 5-2-6
#5 GRABIN AWARDS ran a good third in the slop two weeks back in a race that produced next out winner Passum Lane. He gets off the rail for his second start off the bench and had an easy breeze this week. #2 ITTAKESTWOTOOTANGO had a win and two seconds in his first three starts but was roughed up in his final start of 2016. He worked from the gate back in April but did not post another work until this week past, going 220 yards in 12.40 from the pole. #6 EYESA WILD BOY has run well in his recent starts, with two thirds and second in some decent enough races lately. Although very win shy, just one for 18 in his career, he is one of several win candidates in this spot.

Race 6: 10-5-8
Today's feature is the $26,550 John Deere Juvenile Challenge! #10 ZOOMN BLUE is a full brother to the very classy Eyesa Zoomn. He drifted a bit and finished third on debut in the trials over a sloppy surface. He draws outside which could be an asset in this big field. #5 HAD TO BE IVORY was bumped at the start and got the better of Dianne Dynamite, a foe who already had race experience at Indiana, to win his trial. He draws in the middle and could be tough with a clean run. #8 SILKY SENATOR had two third place finishes in Oklahoma before finishing second in her trial. I'm thinking she may not have been as good over the slop as she would be over a fast track and that may be the difference maker for her today. The late Pick 3 starts here.

Race 7: 3-7-6
This Late Double starts here. #3 DEAL A FORTUNE finished third behind Country Boy 123 and Seis Zoom in the Picov Maturity trials then finished fifth in the final. Although he only went one for 10 last year he ran a lot of good race and is he gets out well here he has a shot. #7 SEIS ZOOM looks like the one beat. Second behind Country Boy 123 in her first start of the year and a good fourth in the Maturity final. She has held her own against solid competition before and has beat several of today's rivals. #6 VALIANT STOLI TIME also comes out of the Picov Maturity. He was a good fourth behind One Famous Glass, Fast Man Vic and Fiesty Icon in the trials before finishing seventh in the final. He is a capable horse and you may get a better price on him than my top two.

Race 8: 9-4-2
#9 EYESA DEXTER finished third behind a very impressive first timer, Yournotthebossofme in the QROOI Overnight Series Ontario Sired Maiden. He really seems to be on the improve in his recent starts. #4 GEORGIES MAY KITTY exits the same race where she finished fourth after a slow start. With a faster break she may be able to get the job done. #2 BEWITCHIN didn't show much in her debut as a two year old. She had a troubled trip in her only start this year on June 4. I don't know how much talent she has, but she hasn't gotten a chance to really show anything yet and she should be a longshot.
Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

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