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Challenge Weekend at Ajax

Streakinshagginwagon, Speed Of Life lead Challenge stakes.

Q-Racing Journal
July 16, 2014

GFR Equine Services’ Streakinshagginwagon looks to remain undefeated this year in the Adequan Ajax Derby Challenge while Gary McNichol’s Speed Of Life comes into the John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge after setting the top-qualifying mark in her career debut during a Challenge-emphasized afternoon on Sunday at Ajax Downs.

Streakinsshagginwagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-La Jollas Fortune by Streakin La Jolla) is 3-for-3 this year with a win in the $86,212 Picov Derby two starts ago. The gelding made a big run in the Picov Derby to win by a length.

The Jason Pascoe-trained gelding returned to take the second of two trials by a neck in :19.990 for 400 yards as the odds-on choice. His time topped the qualifiers and the second-place horse, Steve Hunter’s Zip Kode, has the second-fastest mark of :20.030.

Zip Kode (Bigtime Favorite-Fee Lion by Panther Mountain) should be dangerous after an impressive juvenile record. He won the $44,315 Ontario Jackpot Futurity, the $25,240 John Deere Ajax Challenge and the $20,603 Maple Leaf Futurity.

This year, Zip Kode won his trial to the Picov Derby and then was a troubled eighth as the odds-on favorite in the derby.

Gary McNichol’s Speed Of Life (Chicks Regard-Time To Splash Bac by Splash Bac) scored in her career debut when she won the first of two trials by a neck with an :18.480 time for 350 yards.

Nadia Marcoux’s Jumping Guitar (Tac It Like A Man-Shine My Guitar by Corona Cartel) won the other trial with the second-fastest time while winning her maiden.

After three off-the-board efforts in Oklahoma, she came through with the one-half length trial victory.

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