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Exciting Ontario Bred 2-Year-Olds in Futurity Trials on Wednesday
The high-flying filly Had to Be Fabulous is a top contender in one of two Trials for the Ontario Bred Futurity on July 10 at Ajax Downs.

Exciting Ontario Bred 2-Year-Olds in Futurity Trials on Wednesday

AJAX, ONT–JULY 8, 2024–Fourteen Ontario-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses will contest in two trials for the $55,000-added Ontario Bred Futurity this Wednesday, July 10, at Ajax Downs. The ten fastest qualifiers will advance to the final on July 31.

The first race post time is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (ET)

With two stakes races for juveniles already in the books in 2024, fans have been treated to some exciting stars of the future. The undefeated filly Had To Be Fabulous, an easy winner of the QROOI Bonus Futurity meets six rivals from post 6 in the first trial, race 3, at 300 yards. Had To Be Fabulous was bred to be a star as a half-sister to two-time Horse of the Year Had to Be Ivory.

Owned and bred by Carol and Jaime Robertson and trained by Bryn Roberston, Had to Be Fabulous is two for two in her young career. She defeated Richard Wincikaby's Fate Zoomin in the Bonus Futurity, who returned to win the Stallion Futurity on June 26. Josh Scott rides Had to Be Fabulous.

Fate Zoomin is in post 2 in the second trial, race 4, with Christian Benitez aboard. A filly by Wincikaby's young stallion Peighnt Your Fate, Fate Zoomin won the Stallion Futurity by a neck over the well-regarded gelding Last Cold Bud, owned by Belinda Taggart. Fate Zoomin was the first winner for trainer John McInerney, who rode nearly 500 winners as a jockey at Ajax/Picov Downs.

Last Cold Bud, a half-brother to One Kool Wave, one of the great horses in Ajax Downs history, has JB Botello up. They will start from post 7.


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