Two-time Canadian Champion Had To Be Ivory, who was also the 2019 Ontario Quarter Horse of the Year ending Country Boy 123's three-year reign, returns to racing this Wednesday, June 17, at Ajax Downs.
The imposing 5-year-old gelding will face five rivals in the featured sixth race on a seven-race card at 300 yards and will start from the rail post under regular rider Tony Phillips.
This is day two of the 2020 Ajax Downs season and for now, racing is held without spectators. Racing fans can watch and wager on Ajax Downs through the Horseplayer Interactive simulcast wagering platform (www.hpibet.com) and watch a live stream on the track's website.
With his rival Country Boy 123 in Indiana for the next few weeks for two races including the $50,000 (US) Bradford Stakes at Indiana Downs, Had to be Ivory will be favoured Wednesday, his prep for the Picov Maturity on Canada Day, July 1.
Owned by Carol and Jaime Robertson and trained by Bryn Robertson, Had to be Ivory was also honoured as Canadian-bred Champion by the American Quarter Horse Association at its annual awards night earlier this year. The Ontario-bred has won 11 of 14 career races and over $162,000.
His competition Wednesday includes track record setter Carneros, the High Point Sprint Series runner of 2019, Spy for the Senate and Shes Sizzling, two of last year's top 3-year-olds plus hard knocking Countrys Comin Bac and the filly Jess a Sweet Surprize.
Also returning on Wednesday is the Robert's Eazy Street, undefeated in four races as a 2-year-old last year and the season's Champion juvenile colt. Eazy Street tackles seven tough, older rivals in race 7.
Post time for the first race Wednesday is 12:55 p.m.
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