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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Ajax Downs Selections August 13

Stakes doubleheader this weekend at Ajax Downs. Eight races on card, with the late double consisting of the Adequan Derby Challenge and the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity. After a string of rainy days the weather looks beautiful. Here are my selections.

Race 1: 5-2-1
Welcome to Ajax Downs! #5 NIGHT FISHN ran a troubled seventh in her debut. Second time out she drew the rail in a short field, stumbled at the break and ran a decent second behind a class dropping Mr Polar Express. She draws outside in a short field this time and hopefully will leave better. #2 STREAKIN JET SPEED was underwhelming last year but seems to be a better horse this season. Last time out she was a good fourth in a decent group of horses, running a career high speed figure. One to consider. #1 ADABOI KINGSLEY finished third behind Night Fishn last time out. He was not showing much at the start of the year but may be rounding into form now. The Daily Double starts here.

Race 2: 3-1-5
This race begins the early Pick 3. #3 ZOOMN BLUE has run a little bit greenly in both of his outs but that should be fixed with experience. Both of his runs so far have been respectable. #1 ISLAND VODKA showed a bit of run in her debut in Oklahoma but was troubled in her trial for the John Deere Juvenile Challenge and was not far behind Zoomn Blue in the final. Her presence should be felt if she breaks well. #5 PEEPL R KRAZI bore out a bit at the start in her debut and failed to threaten. She should be able to grab a check in this short field.

Race 3: 6-5-2
#6 ROCKIN MISS KITTY was a Speed Index race winner two back before jumping up into starter allowance company where she ran a good second to Channelislandsflyer. She's a very game mare and it shows with her 12-5-3-0 record at Ajax. #5 FAVORITE LEADER was fourth behind Rockin Miss Kitty last time and last of five in a good group of optional claimers before that. She has not had much luck at all this year but when she breaks she's better than her recent record shows. #2 FLY FAST FOR KAYLEE was fourth of five last time behind Winner On a Lark, who returns here. He's a solid old horse who picks up a lot of checks along the way.

Race 4: 3-4-2
This race kicks off the $.20 Pick 4! #3 ICONIC SHIFT has been a close second in both of his last two races, and both would have been wins if he had broken straight. He's a fast horse and if he gets out on top he'll be tough to run down. #4 THISDUDESONFIRE finished fourth in his Ajax debut behind a very well meant first time starter named One Kool Korona. He makes his second run of the year and second over the local surface which could point to improvement. #2 PEVES OUT FURR CANDY has broken slowly in his two local starts. He has some runs in the States that don't look too bad. We'll see how he breaks today.

Race 5: 6-3-2
#6 YOURNOTTHEBOSSOFME was a very impressive debut winner. Second time out he ducked in sharply early in the race after a right handed hit and cost himself any chance of winning, finishing third before being disqualified. I'm hoping for a clean break and a straight run this time out. #3 ICE N SNOW has two close seconds and a third in three starts this year. Last time when finishing second he was ahead of Yournotthebossofme and was just a nose bob away from winning. #2 GRABIN AWARDS raced against non-restricted NW2 last time out and finished a good fourth behind Gogo Jangles, a horse who was coming off a win and is currently entered in Derby trials at Indiana Grand. He may find this spot easier.

Race 6: 2-7-1
#2 SUGARMANS DELIGHT finished a close third (DQd to seventh) behind the red-hot Deal a Fortune and Valiant Stoli Time last out. Although winless at 400 yards, his three starts at the distance have all been great efforts and he has a lot of class to him. #7 IFWISHESWEREFISHES exits a narrow win over Situation Critical. She is two-for-two at 400 yards and has hit the board in eight of her 13 starts so far. She's tough to ignore. #1 MIROMAR won his first two local starts, including a neck-victory over Ifwisheswerefishes on May 28. He finished second behind his stablemate Ls Prince in the Adequan Derby Challenge trials but was DQd for interference and will not be able to compete in the final. He does seem to like running here. The late Pick 3 starts here.

Race 7: 4-9-5
Our first Stakes feature today is the $30,420 US Adequan Derby Challenge! #4 PEVES FREDDY B didn't break on top but closed well to be second behind Maryland Magic in the trials. That was his first local start so seeing improvement wouldn't be a shock. #9 MARYLAND MAGIC has been no worse than second in four local starts. He finished a good second behind Mrs First Lady in the AQHA Challenge Maiden. Most recently he won his trial for this race and I would think he will be the favourite today. #5 DENALI TELLER OFF, last year's Alex Picov Memorial Futurity winner won her 2017 debut before finishing third in this race's trials. She has never been worse than third. The Late Double begins here

Race 8: 1-4-9
Our second Stakes feature is the $72,550 Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity! #1 ROYAL HATRICK is a half sister to Now Is Forever and Embrace Extravagence, two very nice fillies. In her trial she was beaten a head. I'm not in love with the rail but I love her breeding and she may go overlooked in favour of the trial winners. #4 JUNOIMZOOMIN won her trial quite easily with the fastest qualifying time. This field could very well give her a run for her money but for all we know she'll just get better. #9 HANOVER HILL SUGAR won her trial over Royal Hatrick by a head. She draws outside and would be a good addition to resume of new stallion Make Out Artist.

Good luck and thank you to everyone joining us today!

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