AJAX, ONT—MAY 26, 2019—Riding a four-race win streak, Had To Be Ivory handed multiple graded stakes winner Country Boy 123 his second straight loss following a three-quarter length win in the $41,520(US) Picov Maturity Sunday afternoon at Ajax Downs.
Both horses made their 2019 debut in a May 12th $16,530(US) Ajax Downs 300 yard Allowance, with Had To Ivory winning by a nose while running a 105 speed index.
Ridden by jockey Tony Phillips, Had To Be Ivory dueled early then finished the 300 yards in a quick :15.230 clocking, equaling a 104 speed index into a 17 mph headwind.
Bryn Robertson conditions the multiple stakes winning son of IVORY JAMES for Carol and Jaime Robertson. The Ontario home-bred, from the Hadtobenuts mare Had To Be Fandango, has compiled a (11) 10-1-0 record and picked up $17,122(US) today to increase his bankroll to more than $136,000.
Had To Be Ivory scored a "Picov-Triple" by winning the Maturity. He was victorious in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity at 2 and the Picov Derby at 3. The 4-year-old has also won the Ajax Juvenile Challenge and Ajax Derby Bonus Challenge. All 11 starts have been at Ajax Downs.
Country Boy 123 bumped early under jockey Cory Spataro but finished gamely to pick up $11,505(US) for second. Ruth Barbour owns-and-trains the 6-year-old Country Chicks Man gelding from the Dash Thru Traffic mare Very Dashin 123.
Bred in Michigan by Carolyn Bay, Country Boy 123 has won 18 of 29 career starts and banked $285,313. He was looking for this third consecutive Picov Maturity win after taking the 2017 and 2018 editions of the race.
Dale Zukowski's Bringonthewave finished three-quarters back to earn $5,753(US) for third. Brian Bell had the riding call for trainer Jason Pascoe aboard the graded winning son of world champion Wave Carver.
Shady Lane Stables bred Bringonthewave in Alberta from the Corona Cartel mare Special Corona. He has won eight of 17 career starts and earned $69,851.
Countrys Comin Bac, Express Your Desire, Silky Senator, Albertt and Carneros completed the field. Cayanosa was scratched.