Zip Kode Looks For Another Stakes Win

Ajax Downs hosts Challenge regional races.

Q-Racing Journal
September 26, 2013

Steve Hunter’s Zip Kode, winner of the Maple Leaf Futurity, looks for her fourth win from her latest six starts in the $35,100 John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge on Monday at the Canadian track.

Also on the program is the $34,000 Adequan Ajax Derby Challenge.

The winners receive invitation to their respective races during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos on November 9.

Zip Kode (Bigtime Favorite-Fee Lion by Panther Mountain) finished off the board in two starts at Remington Park this spring before going to Ajax and starting her hot streak. She won her maiden in her Ajax debut and then romped to a 1 1/2-length win in her All Canadian Futurity trial. The filly then nearly pulled off the win in the All Canadian Futurity when she came up a nose short.

The Janet Grice-trained Zip Kode came back to win the Maple Leaf Futurity by three-quarters of a length at 6-5 odds.

In her John Deere Ajax Downs Juvenile Challenge trial, Zip Kode was sent off as the 1-2 favorite and closed with a rush to finish second by a head in the first of two trials behind fastest-qualifier Streakinshagginwagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-La Jollas Fortune by Streakin La Jolla). The second place finished assured Zip Kode a spot in the John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge. She was timed in :18.020 for the 350 yards for the second-fastest time.

GFR Equine Services’ Streakinshagginwagon held on for the narrow win with the top time of :18.010. He won his maiden two starts ago for trainer Jason Pascoe when he won by three-quarters of a length in his third start.

Ruth Barbour’s Lolamo (Finding Nemo-Sizzling Lola by First Down Dash) was third in the trial – one length back – and came up with the third-fastest time of :18.220. The run was his highest finish from four starts for trainer Bryn Robertson.

In the Adequan Ajax Derby Challenge, John Wilson’s Mitford (Ivory James-Fitting Celebration by Ronas Ryon) will be tough after winning the $89,603 Alex Picov Championship in his latest effort. The Reid Scott-trained gelding fought to the head win while setting a new track record of :21.520 for the 440 yards.

Joyce and Erik Lehtinen’s Carters Secret (Carters Cartel-Dollish by Pritzi Dash) was second in the $52,408 Picov Derby two starts ago while Cummings Cattle Company’s Hi N Dry (Royal Shake Em-Its A Dry Heat (TB) by Dixieland Band) was second in the $23,000 Merial Ajax Distaff Challenge last time out.