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Date:7/22/2014 7:25:39 AM
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Congrats Lady Liberty!
Hi! How are you today? Well first congrats to our NEW HoTm for December 2011- Cocoa 202048! I want to thank you for your support so far. Well, today I want to share with you what I will be blogging about this whole month. I want to share some horse facts! Woop! Haha. Anyways, I hope you are doing well, and I wish a fun December 1st! Heres a vote, and heres a little something about Ajax II.

.,:;^* • AJAX II • *^;:,.
Ajax was a champion Australian bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, who won 18 consecutive races before he was defeated at the extraordinary odds of 40/1 on, causing a huge racing sensation. He had wins from 5 furlongs (1,000 meters) to 1½ miles (2,400 meters), equaled to Australasian record for a mile (1,600 meters) and created three new race records. At stud in Australia Ajax proved to be a good sire. He was then sold as a 14 year old horse and exported to the United States before he was later sold to Bing Crosby and Lin Howard. Ajax was inducted into in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004. At his first two starts Ajax won the Holiday Stakes (5½ furlongs) and the Federal Stakes. He was then unplaced for the only time in his career, in the VRC Sires Produce Stakes. Ajax next finished second to Caesar in the Ascot Vale Stakes, before he returned to New South Wales for wins in the AJC Sires Produce Stakes (defeating Caesar by five lengths and setting a new race record) and the AJC Champagne Stakes from Hua by a margin of two lengths. Ajax commenced his three-year-old season by winning the VATC Chatsworth Plate and then the Rosehill Guineas in a new race record time. In the AJC Derby he was defeated, by a length, by Avenger, to whom he had conceded two stone (12.7 kg). Taken to Melbourne he won the Caulfield Guineas in another race record time, from Avenger and Hua, only to lose the Victoria Derby by half a head from Hua. He was best remembered for winning these 18 consecutive races and for being defeated at his next start in the 1939 Rawson Stakes, when at 40/1 on, in a three horse race where he went down to Spear Chief by half a length. A fortnight later Ajax returned to the winning list in the AJC All Aged Plate and three days later won the CW Cropper Plate for the second time. Ajax finished his a four-year-old season with 15 starts for 14 wins and 1 second. As a six-year-old Ajax again won the Memsie Stakes, Melbourne Stakes and the Underwood Stakes, again for the third time. Ajax was second, by half a neck, to favorite Beau Vite in the 1940 WS Cox Plate and also finished second to High Caste in the Caulfield Stakes. Ajax won the All Aged Stakes, Memsie Stakes, Futurity Stakes and Underwood Stakes three times each and the 1938 Cox Plate. Ajax's record was 46 starts for 36 wins, 7 seconds and 2 thirds for prize money of £40,250. Ajax is the shortest-priced favorite ever defeated in Australia.

PS) Missing our friend Barbara. (Princess Shawnie_121783) RIP my friend! What a sweet lady!! She is missed!
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