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Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity Trials Draw 17 entries

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Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity Trials Draw 17 Entries
 
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Two-year-old filly Snow Magically Sweet (second from left) was a nose ahead of Sugar N Pride (2nd from right), Pretty Magicall (inside) and General Skywalker in the Ontario Bred Futurity on Aug. 2. They are all back for the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity Trials on Aug. 23. New Image Media photo
 
 
AJAX DOWNS, TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2023 –  Ontario Sired Quarter Horse 2-year-olds will compete in two Trials at Ajax Downs on Wednesday, August 23 for a chance to compete in the $55,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity on Sept. 13.
 
Seventeen juveniles have been entered with eight competing in the first Trial, race 6 on Wednesday, and nine in the second Trial, which is race 7. Each Trial is 330 yards and the 10 fastest qualifying horses will advance to the final.
 
If the finish of the Ontario Bred Futurity (photo), held on Aug. 2 at Ajax Downs, is any indication, these two Trials will be very competitive dashes.
 
The first Trial pits SNOW MAGICALLY SWEET (by Maryland Magic), owned by Burlington’s Milena Kwiecien and trained by Jason Pascoe, against Stallion Auction Futurity winner GENERAL SKYWALKER (Look at Magics Form), owned by Marie Broadstock of Nestleton. Snow Magically Sweet won the Ontario bred Futurity under jockey Alexis Sanchez by a nose in a five horse blanket finish. General Skywalker, trained by Bob Broadstock, was fourth that day, just a neck behind with Ramiro Castillo riding.
 
There are five first-time starters in the first Trial.
The second OS Stakes Futurity Trial features George Coleman’s SUGAR N PRIDE (Sugarman Perry), second in the Ontario Bred Futurity by a nose, and PRETTY MAGICALL (Maryland Magic), who was third in that race. Sugar N Pride, trained by Bob Broadstock, will have Castillo aboard as regular rider Rachael Isaacs is absent while Pretty Magicall, owned by Kwiecien, will have JB Botello up.
The second Trial also includes Mitchell Daniel’s WICKED WILD WILLIE (El Night Shift), who was a close second to General Skywalker in the Auction Futurity in June.
First race post time for the Aug. 23 card at Ajax Downs is 1:30 p.m. and parking and admission are always free. You can download a free pocket program and find racing selections and more information at www.ajaxdowns.com.

Race Dates 2023

2023 Race Dates Calendar Ajax Downs

2022 QROOI Awards Banquet – Saturday February 18th 2023

The QROOI 2022 Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday February 18th, 2023 at the Ajax Convention Centre, 500 Beck Crescent in Ajax. Ticket costs will be $50.00 each which includes HST. You can purchase your tickets at the QROOI Head Office by credit card. Please contact Monique at (905) 426-7050 or by email at qrooiheadoffice@gmail.com

A group block of hotel rooms for the banquet have been reserved at Ajax Hilton Inn, 500 Beck Crescent, Ajax and Homewood Suites, 600 Beck Crescent at a discounted rate. To book a room please contact the Hilton at (905) 686-9400 or Homewood at (866) 460-7456. Limited rooms available. Here is the easy online booking URL to book online for a discount rate room:

https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=YYZAJGI&groupCode=AD23&arrivaldate=2023-02-18&departuredate=2023-02-19&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

If you would prefer to call in directly, the group code is AD23.

Ajax Downs Horse people that work at other tracks

Attention Ajax Downs Horse people that also work at other tracks; Please be aware and check your licences to ensure you have both breeds listed on your licence. You are required to have Quarter horse as a secondary.

First Cold Wave Sizzles in $65,520 Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity

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First Cold Wave Sizzles in $65,520 Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity
 
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Robert Bailey’s First Cold Wave easily won the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity on Sept. 15 under jockey Brian Bell. New Image Media photo
 
AJAX DOWNS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 – Stamping himself as a rising star, FIRST COLD WAVE rolled over the field in the $65,520 Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Ajax Downs on September 15. The attractive sorrel gelding, sent off as the heavy 3 to 5 favourite in the field of eight, broke like a bullet under jockey Brian Bell and strolled to a 1 1/2 length victory in the 330-yard dash for juveniles sired by Ontario stallions.
 
John Wilson and Scott Reid’s Night Leader, winner of the Ontario Bred Futurity in August, was a fast-closing second with Keepr of the Stars, owned by Belinda Taggart, another three-quarters of a length back in third.
 
First Cold Wave, owned and bred by Robert Bailey of Oakwood, ON and trained by Jason Pascoe, stopped the teletimer in 17.146 for an 88 speed index. It was the third win from five starts for the son of first-year sire Cold Hard Dash, who was brought to Ontario by a syndicate of local horsepeople including Bailey, Pascoe, Taggart, Milena Kwiecien, and Amelie Aubut.
 
“He just did it himself, it’s amazing to be on a horse like that,” said Bell. “He’s really focussed from the post parade and in the gate. Honestly, I don’t think we have seen the best of him.” 
First Cold Wave, who was produced from the Wave Carver mare Cassies Carver, has earned $51,559.
 
Pascoe, who trains his horses on his Pontypool, ON farm with partner Bryanne Langford, won four races on the eight-race card, padding his lead in the trainer standings. Pascoe has 29 wins while Craig Spada is second with 14. Alberta jockey Ricardo Moreno won three races on the day, all for Pascoe.
*Racing continues at Ajax Downs on Sept. 22 with the exciting final of the $45,000 Picov Derby featuring a field of the 10 best 3-year-olds at Ajax Downs. First race post time is 12:55 p.m. To pre-register to attend the day of racing, go to www.ajaxdowns.com and sign up beginning Sept. 20.
Follow Ajax Downs on social media @AjaxDowns for updates.
To learn more about getting into the Quarter Horse industry as an owner or part-owner, please contact the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario at www.qrooi.com.
Video replay of the OSS Futurity – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuXClbdgjZs