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Former Horse of the Year Had To Be Ivory Best In QROOI Distance Series #1 at Ajax Downs
Had To Be Ivory, under jockey Josh Scott, winning the $14,629(US) QROOI Distance Series #1 Stakes at Ajax Downs Sunday afternoon.

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Former Horse of the Year Had To Be Ivory Best In QROOI Distance Series #1 at Ajax Downs

AJAX, ONT–JUNE 19, 2022–Former Ontario Horse of the Year Had To Be Ivory scored his second consecutive stakes win on Sunday with a half-length win over Streakinlilwagon in the $14,629(US) QROOI Distance Series #1 Stakes at Ajax Downs.

Under jockey Josh Scott, Had To Be Ivory jumped out to a quick lead while completed the 400 yards in :19.959 seconds, a 97 speed index into a 17 mph headwind. It was the 18th career win in 24 starts for the son of lading sire Ivory James.

Bryn Roberson trains the 7-year-old gelding for owner-breeders Carola and Jaime Robertson. Had To Be Ivory, out of the Hadtobenuts mare Had To Be Fandango, entered today's race off a win in the Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs June 1st.

He has won five of his last six starts and the $6,502 winner's purse today swelled his bankroll to $233,480.

Runner-up Streakinlilwagon, a multiple stakes winning daughter of Fast Prize Jordan from the Streakin La Jolla mare La Jollas Fortune, closed with a rush under jockey Brian Bell to get second.

Trainer Jason Pascoe conditions the 4-year-old for owner-breeders GFR Equine Services. The Oklahoma-bred filly has banked $152,895 of 10 wins in 21 starts.

Also a multiple stakes winner, Spy For The Senate finished a neck back to earn $1,625(US) for third. Also from the Pascoe stable, the won of multiple stakes sire Louisiana Senator races for owner Milena Kwiecien.

Mary Hainline bred the bay horse on Oklahoma from the Corona Cartel mare Corona Spy. Spy For The Senate has won 11 of 35 starts and earned $137,959.

Countrys Comin Bac, Countryfried Chicken and Maryland Magic completed the field.

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