The fields are set for the finals of three upcoming Quarter Horse stakes races at Ajax Downs after six Time Trials were held on a sunny Sept. 14 afternoon. Two 2-year-old fillies beat the boys in Trials for the year's richest race, the $100,000 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity which will be held Oct. 5.
STREAKINLILWAGON, owned by Jason Pascoe and Bryanne Langford's GFR Equine Services in Pontypool, ON upset heavily favoured Twixt of Fate in the first Trial, winning by half a length at 2 to 1 under jockey 'Hurricane' Helen Vanek. Trained by Pascoe, this was the third consecutive win for the filly since she arrived at Ajax Downs following a close third in her career opener in Oklahoma.
Streakinlilwagon's winning time of 20.631 for 400 yards (80 speed index) was just shy of the time recorded by AH CANDYLAND in the second Picov Futurity Trial. Making just her second career start for Richard Wincikaby of Englehart, Ah Candyland, a 7 to 1 outsider, held off the giant colt Had to Be Relentless to win by a head in 20.505 for an 83 speed index. Trained by Michelle Woodley, the winner was ridden by Ed Walton.
Ten 2-year-olds with the quickest times in the two Trials advance to the Oct. 5 final.
*In the 400-yard Trials for the Picov Derby, the biggest race for 3-year-olds that offers a purse of $50,000, the amazing Ontario-bred filly ONE KOOL DYNASTY continues to dominate her division. Owned by Belinda Taggart of Oakwood, One Kool Dynasty sped to a 3/4 length win under Helen Vanek in the fastest time of the two heats of 20.460 for an 85 speed index. Trained by Jason Pascoe, One Kool Dynasty has won four of eight starts this year including the Princess Derby.
The second Trial for the Picov Derby was won by EAZY STREET with jockey Tony Phillips, who won by a length in 20.426 for an 85 speed index. Last year's top 2-year-old male is owned and bred by Carol and Jaime Robertson and trained by Bryn Robertson. The Picov Derby final is Sept. 28.
*Two Trials for the Ontario Bred Maturity were both won by horses ridden by Ismael Mosquiera who also rides Thoroughbreds at Woodbine and Fort Erie. FIVE BAR FANDANGO had the fastest time in her win, 20.269 (89 speed index) for the Robertson family. TRES ON FIRE, a 4-year-old grey owned by Big Dog Stable and trained by Carol McIntyre of Hampton, won the other Trial in 20.392 for an 86 speed index. The Ontario Bred Maturity final is Sept. 28.
Racing continues next Monday Sept. 21. Ajax Downs continues to hold live racing behind closed doors due to the COIV-19 pandemic but all the races are live-streamed at www.ajaxdowns.com
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