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Jason Pascoe sends out 5 winners on 8 race-card at Ajax Downs


Jason Pascoe sends out 5 winners on 8 race-card at Ajax Downs

Ajax Downs, August 13, 2017 –  Jason Pascoe had a day at the races he will never forget.

The 44-year-old horse owner and trainer from Pontypool, Ontario won five of the eight Quarter Horse 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.

LS Prince, who was ridden by Josh Scott, his first stakes win as a rider, has now earned a berth to the $180,000 (US) final of the Adequan Derby at Prairie Meadows in Iowa on Oct. 14.

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.

Coming up, Ajax Downs holds its popular Family Fun Day on August 20 and on the track, the brilliant Horse of the Year Country Boy 123 is scheduled to compete in the $50,000 Bank of America Challenge.

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Toronto Star – Winners of the bidding process

B.C.-based Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Toronto-based Brookfield Business Partners won the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. bidding process, they announced Tuesday.

Woodbine, which now hosts slot machines, is expected to become a full-fledged casino and entertainment/hotel complex. The 22-year deal also includes rights to redevelop and operate: Great Blue Heron charity casino on Scugog Island near Port Perry; Ajax Downs race track, which has slot machines.

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Family Fun Day 2017

Come out and join us on Sunday August 20th for the Annual Ajax Downs Family Fun Day! All proceeds benefit Ajax Pickering Hospital Read More →

Twilight Racing Thursday August 10

Day 16: Our second Twilight Thursday of the year; our first of two in August.

Please note that the Horsemen’s Meeting has been Re-scheduled to Sat, Aug 19 @ 1 pm in the downstairs meeting room.

Should anyone require a Valet(s), please email Cathy Mucklestone at

See attached pdf from Ajax Downs. Overnight – Thurs, Aug 10

Press Release From Ajax Downs

Quarter Horse Owner Celebrates First Win with Daughter of $800 Mare

The first race at Ajax Downs on Sunday August 6 was a first for Quarter Horse owner Kim Mark. Her filly Georgies May Kitty, foaled from a mare that she bought for just $800, sped to victory in an $11,500 maiden race, her sixth start of the 2017 racing season. Read More →