AJAX DOWNS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 -
Stamping himself as a rising star, FIRST COLD WAVE
rolled over the field in the $65,520 Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Ajax Downs on September 15. The attractive sorrel gelding, sent off as the heavy 3 to 5 favourite in the field of eight, broke like a bullet under jockey Brian Bell and strolled to a 1 1/2 length victory in the 330-yard dash for juveniles sired by Ontario stallions.
John Wilson and Scott Reid's Night Leader, winner of the Ontario Bred Futurity in August, was a fast-closing second with Keepr of the Stars, owned by Belinda Taggart, another three-quarters of a length back in third.
First Cold Wave, owned and bred by Robert Bailey of Oakwood, ON and trained by Jason Pascoe, stopped the teletimer in 17.146 for an 88 speed index. It was the third win from five starts for the son of first-year sire Cold Hard Dash, who was brought to Ontario by a syndicate of local horsepeople including Bailey, Pascoe, Taggart, Milena Kwiecien, and Amelie Aubut.
"He just did it himself, it's amazing to be on a horse like that," said Bell. "He's really focussed from the post parade and in the gate. Honestly, I don't think we have seen the best of him."
First Cold Wave, who was produced from the Wave Carver mare Cassies Carver, has earned $51,559.
Pascoe, who trains his horses on his Pontypool, ON farm with partner Bryanne Langford, won four races on the eight-race card,
padding his lead in the trainer standings. Pascoe has 29 wins while Craig Spada is second with 14. Alberta jockey Ricardo Moreno won three races on the day, all for Pascoe.
*Racing continues at Ajax Downs on Sept. 22 with the exciting final of the $45,000 Picov Derby
featuring a field of the 10 best 3-year-olds at Ajax Downs. First race post time is 12:55 p.m. To pre-register to attend the day of racing, go to www.ajaxdowns.com
and sign up beginning Sept. 20.
Follow Ajax Downs on social media @AjaxDowns for updates.
To learn more about getting into the Quarter Horse industry as an owner or part-owner, please contact the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario
Video replay of the OSS Futurity - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuXClbdgjZs
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