'Wagon' Tops Challenge Trials at Ajax

Final set to be held at Canadian track on July 20.

July 6, 2014

Coming off a win in the Picov Derby on June 22, Streakinshagginwagon raced to his third consecutive win and the top qualifying time for the Adequan Ajax Derby Challenge on Sunday afternoon at Ajax Downs.

The 10 fastest Bank of America Racing Challenge-enrolled 3-year-olds from the two trial races contested will return to the Ontario racetrack on Sunday, July 20, and vie for the winner's share of $20,000-added purse over 400 yards as well as invite to the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) to be run October 18 at Prairie Meadows.

Ridden by Ed Walton, Streakinshagginwagon ran down Zip Kode by a neck to get the top qualifying time of :19.99, a 98 speed index aided by a 14 mph tailwind. It was third win in three starts this season for the PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding owned by GFR Equine Services and trained by Jason Pascoe.

The $6,625 (US) trial winner's purse boosted Streakinshagginwagon's lifetime total to more than $57,000. Bred in Ontario by M.C. and Cendy Stucks, the bay gelding is out of La Jollas Fortune, by Streakin La Jolla. Second in last year's John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge, Streakinshagginwagon represented Canada in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos last fall.

Zip Code, who won last year's John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge, held for the second-fastest qualifying time of :20.03. Janet Grice conditions the Bigtime Favorite Texas-bred from the Panther Mountain mare Fee Lion.

Owned by Steve Hunter, the multiple stakes winner has won six of 16 career starts and earned $64,104. Chelsey Willick had the riding assignment. Bobby Cox and John Buchanan are the breeders.

Ivory Injun got his first win in three starts this season with a neck victory over Mr Eazy in the third-fastest clocking of :20.17. Renee Wilson trains the Ivory James gelding for owner Ivy Lane Racing. Daniel Rose was aboard the Oklahoma-bred out of Powerful Injun, by Invisible Injun. Bobby D. Cox bred the gelding, who was a futurity winner at Ajax last year.

Mr Eazy held on for the fourth-fastest time of :20.19. The Eyesa Special gelding entered the trials off an allowance win at Ajax on June 22. Greg Watson trains for owner/breeder Guylaine Paquin. The Ontario-bred is out of Easily Holland, by Holland Ease.

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