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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.

For more information, check out www.ajaxdowns.com

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 →

Press Release From Ajax Downs

One Famous Glass upsets Country Boy 123 in $50,760 Bank of America Challenge

AJAX DOWNS, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 –  Ajax Downs trainer Bryn Robertson was expected to saddle the winner of the $50,760 Bank of America Challenge on September 3 but it wasn’t the horse whom most expected that took down the important Quarter Horse dash. 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 AT AJAX DOWNS (through Aug. 20)
Leading Jockeys to Aug 20, 2017

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

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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.

For more information, visit www.ajaxdowns.com