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HAD TO BE IVORY & COUNTRY BOY 123

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 →

Owners dedicate colt’s win to survivor of Las Vegas shooting

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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.

For more information please go to www.ajaxdowns.com

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 →