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October 23-Ajax Downs Ajax Bell Jeschke close gap

Three wins by jockey BRIAN BELL and two by CASSANDRA JESCHKE on Monday Oct. 23 brought both riders to 31 victories for this year’s AJAX DOWNS QUARTER HORSE SEASON, within 3 of leading rider RAMIRO CASTILLO.
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Two Mondays Left of Quarter Horse Racing

There are just two Monday’s of Quarter Horse racing remaining at Ajax Downs for the 2017 season and plenty of action remaining.
Monday, October 23 has a 10-race card and one of the biggest battles will be for leading jockey.
Going into the last two days (Oct. 30 closes the season), Ramiro Castillo has 34 wins, just head of Cassandra Jeschke and Tony Phillips who are tied with 29 and Brian Bell, who has 28.
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Owners dedicate colt’s win to survivor of Las Vegas shooting


Maryland Magic’s victory in one of the featured races at Ajax Downs on Monday was a poignant moment for the Quarter Horse racing industry in Ontario.

The talented colt’s win in the 400-yard allowance race was dedicated to Amber Hicks, a close friend and supporter of the horse’ s owner Milena Kwiecien. Hicks escaped the Las Vegas, Nevada shooting at a country music concert on Sunday but several people seated next to her at the concert did not survive.

Kwiecien, William Taggart (Hicks’ partner) and his mother Belinda of Oakwood, ON, attended the races at Ajax on Monday and dedicated the win by Maryland Magic to Hicks.

“She is a wonderful girl who has always been supportive of Quarter Horse Racing,” said Kwiecien.”She is part of a syndicate with us for another horse and I am hoping to get her more involved. I knew she was in Vegas but didn’t know she was at the concert. It must have been horrific.”

Maryland Magic, a stallion prospect for Ontario for Kwiecien, was ridden to victory by Ramiro Castillo, the leading rider at Ajax Downs.

Next Monday, October 9, s a big day at Ajax with two major stakes races including the $95,000 Alex Picov Championship featuring the season’s top Quarter Horse, Country Boy 123. There is also a pumpkin giveaway for young racing fans. Post time is 12:55 p.m.

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MITCHELL, Sandra Violet – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra Violet Mitchell. Read obituary here 

Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario’ Findings Report

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to release the ‘Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario’ Findings Report. The report presents a summary of the issues, ideas, and thoughts that were brought forward throughout the eight-month engagement process.


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Information Bulletin No. 28 : Release of Findings Report – Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario