A big crowd enjoyed beautiful summertime weather at Ajax Downs on Sunday, June 9, the sixth day of the Quarter Horse track's 50th anniversary season.
Jockeys Tony Phillips and Regan Knowles each rode two winners on the eight-race card to take the top two positions on the jockey's standings. Phillips now has 10 wins on the season while Knowles has six.
Both of Phillips' winners were first-time starters owned by Carol and Jaime Robertson and trained by Bryn Robertson. The family from Hillsburgh, ON now has a remarkable six winners from six starters at the 2019 meeting.
One of the those was the 2-year-old EAZY STREET who captured the first baby race of the season with an impressive run to overcome an awkward start in race 1 and win by almost a length in :13.53 for 250 yards for a hefty 86 Speed Index. The Robertsons' also sent out ONE OF MY FAVOURITES to win her debut in race 5.
Certainly the most popular race of the day was theGridiron Gallop (see photo below!), a 110-yard dash, the shortest race offered at Ajax Downs. A field of nine went from a standing start to over 50 km/h with last year's top 3-year-old male CARNEROS winning by a head over Chicksdigmymoneybags. Carneros was one of two winners on the day for owner Milena Kwicien and Ponytpool's Jason Pascoe who trains.
Next Sunday, June 16 is a special Father's Day celebration at Ajax Downs and the on-track feature is the final of the $50,000-added Ontario-Bred Derby.
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(PHOTO -- Bursting out of the gate of the 110-yard GRIDIRON GALLOP in which the field of nine was separated by less than 2 lengths at the finish. The winner was number 2 CARNEROS with Ed Walton riding)