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                                Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity
by Emily Blankenship
Fiesty Icon dueled his way to his third stakes vic- tory in the $42,390 Ontario Sires Stakes at Ajax Downs on July 1.
Under Ed Walton, Fiesty Icon broke in second from the 6-post and steadily chased down Ghost Pines, catching her midway through the sprint. Fiesty Icon held on to cross the wire 1/2-length in front, completing the 330 yards in :16.630, which was good for a 102 speed index.
Owned and trained by Richard Kennedy, the gelding posted his 16th career score and third
in stakes company. The $17,481 winner’s share boosted his total lifetime earnings to $219,569.
Raced exclusively in Canada, all of Fiesty Icon’s stakes victories have come at Ajax Downs, including the 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes Derby and the 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity.
Picov Cattle Co. bred Fiesty Icon out of
2-time winner Fiesty Spirit, who is a half-sister to Firecracker Derby-G3 winner Dash N Sign. Fiesty Spirit has produced 100% winners from two start- ers. Fiesty Icon is her first stakes winner and top earner.His second dam is lightly raced Go Dashing Nancy, dam of West Texas Maturity-G3 runner-up Its Kasual.
Ghost Pines (Fire Finder-Quick Six Lady) and Brian Bell finished in second place for owner James Bogar and trainer Barry Wood. The filly previously won the 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes Derby.
Under Cassandra Jeschke, Elenorr (Mr Jess Tex- Squincheyes) was third for owner/trainer Scott Reid. The filly won last year’s Ontario Sires Derby.
Perfect To Look At (Junos Back-Perfect Task), Arising Miracle (Black Moons Arising-Miracle Empress), Ice Witch (Iced N Oak-The Witching Hour), Smoakn Gun (Iced N Oak-Jamies Gotta Gun) and Albertt (Mr Jess Tex-Squincheyes) com- pleted the order of finish.
Ontario Bred Futurity
by Michael Compton
Eazy Street certainly ran to his name in the $45,370 Ontario Bred Futurity at Ajax Downs on July 14, registering a facile victory over six rivals to
remain undefeated in his first two career starts. With Tony Phillips riding for trainer Bryn
Robertson and owners Carol and Jaime Robertson, Eazy Street broke sharply from the 2-gate in the 300-yard dash and assumed command from the starting gate. He powered away from the field, widening his lead to 2-lengths in the lane. He maintained that advantage to the finish line, easily scoring by that margin at the wire as the odds-on wagering favorite.
In winning for the second time in as many out- ings, Eazy Street stopped the timer in :15.880, earn- ing an 82 speed index. The $19,307 (U.S) winner’s share of the purse, padded his earnings to $24,855.
Guylaine Paquin bred Eazy Street out of lightly raced Easily Holland. She has produced 100% money earners from eight starters, including Hickerson, who was a runner-up in the Alex Picov Memorial as well as the Picov Derby.
Silken Siri (Desirio-Silken Memories) and jockey Ramiro Castillo chased the winner throughout, finishing a clear second for owners/breeders Joyce and Erik Lehtinen. The bay filly, who was saddled by Erik, also finished second to Eazy Street in a June maiden event at Ajax Downs.
Belinda Taggart’s homebred Fireball X15 (Star Fire Dash-Dazzlin Lady) finished third under Ed Walton. The sorrel gelding was off slowly and recov- ered with a solid run to pick up the stakes-placing for trainer Jason Pascoe.
Wavin Bac Atya (Wave Carver-Bac To Center), One Kool Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-One Kool Bud), Kits Award (Winners Award-Kitarisa) and first-time starter Hanover Hill Chalsee (Make Out Artist-Secret Sugarwoman) completed the order of finish.
Alberta Stallion Stakes Futurity
by Tracy Gantz
Tom Kenway goes back a long way with the pedi- gree of Double Cruise, winner of the $40,711 Alberta Stallion Stakes Futurity on July 11. He bred Double Cruise’s first two dams and owned and trained the colt’s sire, BD Cruiser, at the end of his racing career.
Kenway bred, owns, and trains Double Cruise, unveiling him in the June 27 trials to the Alberta Stallion Stakes Futurity.
In those trials, Double Cruise broke well but was crowded as he continued to gain ground. He closed with plenty of energy, finishing second to fastest-qualifier Suits. Jockey Neville Stephenson rode Double Cruise in both the trials and finals.
In the Alberta Stallion Stakes Futurity finals, Stephenson and Double Cruise broke fifth from the eight gate. They drifted inward a bit, but passed horses in a driving finish. They were still in fifth at the top of the stretch, but powered through to win by a head.
Double Cruise completed the 300 yards in :15.874 for an 89 speed index.
The brown gelding is now a stakes winner in just his second start. The $40,711 payday from the Alberta Stallion Stakes Futurity takes his bank account to $42,271.
Kenway bred Double Cruise in Alberta, Canada, from homebred Eye Cruise, who finished third in the 2008 Manitoba Speed Horse Futurity. Kenway trained Eye Cruise for owner Kurtis Kenway. Eye Cruise has produced three starters, all winners, including First Prize Cruise, third in the 2018 Canada Quarter Horse Cup Derby and Alberta Bred Derby, and Fly Bye Cruise, third in the 2017 Evergreen Park Distance Challenge.
Dwight Lewis piloted Timbergold (First Timber-Gilded Gold) to second for owners Joe Halerewich, Jack McCurdy, and Greg Campkin and trainer Wesley Oulton. Timbergold raced three times at Remington Park before finishing second in his Alberta Stallion Stakes Futurity trial.
Oulton bred, owns and trains fastest qualifier Suits (First Timber-Burners Beauty), who was third in the finals. Adrian Gonzalez rode the gelding.
Completing the field were Separate Xpress (Mezoomn-Quota), JB Hooter (JB Runaway Fame-Justahoot TB), JB First Down Fame (First Down Leaving-Exotic Fame), Quarter Sawn
(First Timber-Starlite Delight), Sasses Loki (First Timber-Sass N Dass) and Allthespeedyouneed (Its All About Speed-Wave Rocker). Rolling Timber was scratched.
           Ajax Downs • $42,390 330 yards • :16.630 • si 102
Mr Jess Perry
Sugarman Perry
   FIESTY ICON, ‘12-g. Fiesty Spirit
Down Town Miss Special Effort
  Go Dashing Nancy
 Ajax Downs • $45,370 300 yards • :15.880 • si 82
Valiant Hero
Mighty B Valiant
Might B Doll Holland Ease
   EAZY STREET, ‘17-g. Easily Holland
  Easily A Doll
 Century Mile • $40,711 300 yards • :15.874 • si 89
  BD Cruiser DOUBLE CRUISE, ‘17-c.
Eye Cruise
Streakin Debut
Eye Take Time
A High Dollar Woman
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Clive Cohen
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