Had To Be Ivory Wins John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge

The homebred gelding earns a berth in the October 14 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship.

Q-Racing Journal

Had To Be Ivory won Sunday's John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge at Ajax Downs.

Second-fastest qualifier Had To Be Ivory rallied to win Sunday's $20,617 John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge at Ajax Downs.

A homebred son of Ivory James racing or Carol Robertson and Jaime Robertson, Had To Be Ivory covered 350 yards in :17.990, and his margin of victory was a neck from fifth-fastest qualifier Carneros. Tony Phillips rode the bay gelding for trainer Bryn Robertson.

Had To Be Ivory made his debut with a victory in the first of two John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge trials on June 18. The gelding is out of Had To Be Fandango, a 9-year-old daughter of the Strike The Cash stallion Hadtobenuts who won the 2011 Maple Leaf Derby at Ajax Downs. In addition to pocketing the $9,483 winner's share of the purse, he earned a spot in the October 14, $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa.

Silky Senator, Miss Racy Eagle, Zoomn Blue, Island Vodka, and Lethal Pyc completed the order of finish. There were three scratches: fastest-qualifier Express Your Desire, third-fastest qualifier Diane Dynamite, and ninth-fastest qualifier Azoomin Fury.

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