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Ajax Downs prepares for a big weekend at it celebrates 50 years.

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As Ajax Downs Racetrack gets ready to celebrate 50 years of American Quarter Horse racing at the track next Sunday, July 14, this year's anniversary season continues to provide big crowds with some memorable moments.

Jockey Cory Spataro of Innsifil, Ontario, won three of the eight races on Sunday, July 7, to move into third in the very competitive rider's race after 10 days of racing in the 2019 season. Spataro's winners were Fabulous Dynasty, owned by Rick Crispi, Shake It Twice, owned, trained and bred by Chantelle Bourgeois and Ice Fishn, one of the track's top older mares in the last few years, owned by Stephanie Keeble of Lindsay, Ontario.

Spataro now sits third in the rider's standings behind Tony Phillips, who has 16 wins, and Ramiro Castillo who has 10. Brian Bell is also close with 8 winners.

Ajax Downs will celebrate 50 years of Quarter Horse racing in Ontario with a celebration next Sunday with a big card of racing including the Ontario Bred Futurity for 2-year-olds plus the first ever Wiener Dog Derby at the track, entertainment from the popular duo Two for the Show, $2,000 in cash prizes, archery from Archery 2 You and more.

Get to the track early Sunday July 14 for this memorable celebration!

Country Boy 123, Ajax Downs' Horse of the Year for the last three years, won the $55,000 (US) Bradford Stakes at Indiana Downs Saturday night for owner Ruth Barbour. The popular 6-year-old will make his next appearance at Ajax Downs later this summer.

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