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Pascoe and Castillo deserve high-fives for stellar Sunday at Ajax Downs

Jason Pascoe had a day at the races he will never forget.
 
The 44-year-old Quarter Horse trainer from Pontypool, ON won five of the eight races at Ajax Downs on Sunday, August 13 including both major stakes races.
 
Pascoe saddled the 2-year-old Too Much White to win the $72,550 Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity for owner Gary McNichol of Cobourg, ON, and LS Prince to win the $30,420 Adequan Derby Challenge for owner Milena Kwiecien or Burlington.
 
In fact, Pascoe and Kwiecien were responsible for the first three finishers in the Derby as Denali Teller Off and Maryland Magic completed the triactor.
 
Pascoe’s main jockey, Ramiro Castillo, also won five races on the afternoon, a career highlight for the young man who moved his tack from Alberta one year ago.
 
Too Much White, bred by McNichol and his late wife Marlene, had finished third in one of three trials for the Futurity and was making his third career start. The son of Fire Finder – Gotta Blazin Body, by Chicks a Blazin, broke well from post 10 and stayed clear of a chain reaction of bumping for rivals to his inside and got up to catch favoured Junoimzoomin.
 
The flashy sorrel gelding raced 330 yards in :17.280 for an 83 speed index.
 
LS Prince, a $7,000 purchase by Kwiecien, won one of two Trials for the Derby and edged stablemate Denali Teller Off by a nose to win the final in :19.910 for 400 yards, resulting in an impressive 102 speed index.


Photo of LS Prince by New Image Media 

LS Prince was ridden by Josh Scott, his first stakes win as a rider, and the gelding has now earned a berth to the $180,000 (US) final of the Adequan Derby at Prairie Meadows in Iowa on Oct. 14.
 
“It’s amazing, just an amazing day,” said Pascoe. “I don’t even know what to say.”
 
Island Vodka (in race two) got things rolling for Pascoe and Kwiecien when she romped in a maiden allowance race, her fourth start of the season. The filly won the 330-yard dash by 1 ½ lengths in :17.210 for an 85 speed index.
 
Kwiecien purchased the 2-year-old Texas-bred filly by Triple Vodka in January of this year at the Heritage Place Mixed sale for $5,700 (US). This was the first winner of the day to be ridden by Castillo.
 
A race later, the owner, trainer and rider were right back in the winner’s circle with Rockin Miss Kitty, a 5-year-old mare by the top American stallion PYC Paint Your Wagon. Claimed for $10,000 from her 2017 debut in May, Rockin Miss Kitty has won two of four races for her new owner. She sped 300 yards in :15.680 for a 92 speed index.
 
In race six, Pascoe’s GFR Equine Services, which he owns with partner Bryanne Langford, won with brown 3-year-old Miromar, an Oklahoma-bred who sizzled to a 101 speed index with 400 yards in :19.50. The son of Ivory James, also ridden by Castillo has won three of his four starts at Ajax Downs in 2017.
 
By Jennifer Morrison

Photos by New Image Media

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