Speed Of Life Tops John Deere Ajax Challenge Trials

First-time starter breaks maiden with fastest qualifying time.

June 29, 2014

Making her first career start on Sunday, Speed Of Life would not be denied as she held off Fortune Pending to set the top qualifying time in the John Deere Ajax Downs Juvenile Challenge trials in Canada.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to the track near Toronto on July 20 to vie for the winner's share of a $20,000-added purse going 350 yards. Also at stake is an invite to participate in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) on October 18 at Prairie Meadows.

Ridden by jockey Cory Spataro, Speed Of Life broke second but overtook Fortune Pending to complete the course in :18.48 seconds while setting the top qualifying mark. The Chicks Regard filly is a homebred racing for owner/breeder Gary McNichol. David Ward conditions the Ontario-bred from the Splash Bac mare Time To Splash Bac.

Fortune Pending finished a neck back to record the third-fastest time of :18:520. Also a first-time starter, the Wave Carver gelding races for owners Richard Wincikaby and DK Training Centre. Kim Ito saddled the Texas-bred from the multiples stakes-producing Six Fortunes mare Fortune Of Delight. Eaves Horses Family Ltd. Partnership is the breeder and Brian Bell was the rider.

Under a confident ride by Helen Vanek, Jumping Guitar cruised to a half-length win in the second trial while posting the second-fastest qualifying mark of :18.510. It was the first win in four starts for the Oklahoma shipper owned and trained by Nadia Marcoux. A. Roche and M. and S. Kreins bred the Tac It Like A Man filly in Oklahoma from the Corona Cartel mare Shine My Guitar. Her previous starts were at Remington Park and Fair Meadows.

For the complete list of finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys, CLICK HERE.

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