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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

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