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Had to Be Ivory is the real deal; Country Boy 123 keeps his crown

AJAX DOWNS, OCTOBER 9, 2017 – A new champion was crowned and a reigning champion kept his title on an incredible day of Quarter Horse racing at Ajax Downs on holiday Monday, October 9.

HAD TO BE IVORY, one of the most exciting young horses to be seen at Ajax in almost a decade, kept his unbeaten record unblemished with a three-quarter length score in the $119,750 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity, the richest race for Quarter Horses in Canada. Read More →

Ice Fishn Monday’s featured race worth $22,000.


AJAX DOWNS – SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 – On a sizzling hot afternoon at Ajax Downs, the filly Ice Fishn cooled her rivals with a victory in Monday’s featured race worth $22,000. Read More →

Country Boy 123 winner of All Canadian Classic

Country Boy 123 winner of the 2017 All Canadian Classic Ajax Downs
A reigning Champion and a budding star stole the afternoon at Ajax Downs on Monday on the biggest day of racing this season at Canada’s major Quarter Horse track.

Country Boy 123, the 2016 Horse of the Year, flaunted his championship form with a brilliant win in the $41,400 All Canadian Classic, defeating a stellar group of older horses. The big dark bay gelding, ridden by Innisfil’s Cory Spataro for owner Ruth Barbour, raced to a one-length victory in the 350-yard stakes for his 10th career win.

The victory was a revenge of sorts for Country Boy 123, who had his first loss this season when surprised by former Horse of the year One Famous Glass in the Bank of America Challenge on Sept. 3.

One Famous Glass rallied for second on Monday and both horses are trained by Bryn Robertson.

Meanwhile, Robertson and his wife Carol and daughter-in-law Jaime may own perhaps the most talented 2-year-old Quarter Horse in the land in Had to Be Ivory, winner of one of the day’s three Trial events for the upcoming Alex Picov Memorial Futurity.

Had to Be Ivory, an Ontario-bred, won his 400-yard Trial for the Oct. 9 Futurity final in a scintillating time of 19.940, just missing the 11-year-old track record by .50 of a second. The tall gelding’s speed index of 101 is a mark unheard of for a 2-year-old in Canada.

Wagering on a huge 11-race card at Ajax on Monday topped $135,000, a record for the season.

Watch for both Had to Be Ivory and Country Boy 123 in the season’s marquee races, the $75,000 Alex Picov Futurity and Picov Memorial, both to be held on Oct. 9.

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Ramiro Castillo is one of Canada’s top horsemen

AJAX DOWNS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017  – From Alberta to Fort Erie to Ajax Downs, jockey Ramiro Castillo is one of Canada’s top horsemen. Castillo, won four races on the seven-race card at Ajax Downs on Monday September 11 to increase his lead as top rider at Canada’s premier Quarter Horse track. Read More →

Cobourg’s Cassandra Jeschke taking run a leading jockey title

Ajax Downs Press Release – Cobourg’s Cassandra Jeschke taking run a leading jockey title, wins 3 on Family Fun Day

Cobourg’s Cassandra Jeschke taking run a leading jockey title wins 3 on Family Fun Day

Ajax Downs, August 20, 2017 – Upwards of 1,500 children visited Ajax Downs on Sunday for the track’s annual Family Fun Day benefiting the Rouge Valley Ajax/Picking Hospital. It was non-stop fun and games from 10 a.m. when the gates opened, beginning with running races for the kids out of the Quarter Horse starting gates on the main track.

There was also day-long entertainment from Dan the Music Man, exotic animals, face painting and a popular watermelon-eating contest.

Family Fun day at Ajax Downs August 20, 2017

On track, Cassandra Jeschke, from Cobourg, ON, won three of the seven races to get within one victory of the leading jockey title. Jeschke, who only started her career four years ago, has 19 wins in 67 races, just one win shy of Ramiro Castillo, who has ridden 100 races and won 20 of them.

There is a special Twilight racing afternoon Thursday, Aug. 24 (post time 3:45 p.m.) including a Handicapping Contest for fans with a chance to win cash prizes and earn a spot in the final on Oct. 23, offering a $2,000 prize to the winner.

Leading Jockeys to Aug 20, 2017