Had To Be Ivory Sets Second Fastest Time For John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge
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Had To Be Ivory (#1) defeating Diane Dynamite in the opening trial at Ajax Downs on Sunday.

AJAX, ONTóJUNE 18, 2017óHad To Be Ivory, a Jamie and Carol Robertson Ontario homebred broke his maiden in his first career start Sunday while posting the second-fastest qualifying time for the John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge at Ajax Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trial races for Challenge Enrolled 2-year-olds, will return to the Ontario Canada racetrack on Sunday, July 9th to vie for the winner's share of $20,000-added purse going 350 yards.

Also on the line is a starting spot for the Ajax Juvenile winner in the $130,000 Guaranteed John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) October 14th during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows next fall.

Had To Be Ivory completed the 350 yards in :18.140 seconds over a sloppy racetrack into a 16 mph crosswimd. Ridden by jockey Tony Phillips the son of multiple stakes sire IVORY JAMES was bumped at the start but showed late speed to run down Diane Dynamite by a nose at the wire.

Trained by Bryn Robertson, the bay gelding, out of Had To Be Fandango by Hadtobenuts, was making his career debut and earned $3,342(US) for the effort.

For a complete list of John Deere Ajax Juvenile qualifiers, their times, sires, dams, owners. Breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.