Frequently Asked Questions


What is Quarter Horse Racing?

The Quarter horse is an American Breed of horse that has a mix of bloodlines which produced more compact, heavily muscled horses that could run short distanced faster than any other horse. The modern Quarter horse has a small, short, refined head with a straight profile, and a strong, well-muscled body, featuring a broad chest and powerful rounded hindquarters. They usually stand between 14 and 16 hands (56 to 64 inches, 142 to 163cm) high, although some may grow as tall as 17 hand (68inches, 173cm). The name Quarter Horse came from the horses’ ability to outrun other horse breeds in races of a quarter mile or less, some have been clocked at speeds of up to 55mph (88.5km/h). They have long legs and are leaner than other breeds, but are still characterized by muscular hindquarters and powerful legs. Their ability to sprint has earned them the nickname of “World’s fastest athlete”

The Quarter horse is best known as a race horse, but is also known as show horses, cutting horses, rodeo horses, as well as barrel racing, calf roping,  trail riding and all round family horses. Quarter horses are also used in mounted police units!  

How much does it cost to get in?

Parking and admission are always free.

Can I bring my Children?

Yes, Ajax Downs Racetrack is very family/children friendly and offers family fun entertainment and kids will love our mascot AJ. However, children are not allowed on the Casino Ajax Slots gaming floor or into the off track betting area. You must be over 18 years to place a wager at the mutuel windows. You must be 19 or older to enter the slot areas. 

Are the track and patio accessible?

Yes, shuttle buses patrol the parking lot and a wheelchair accessible elevator is available for the patio and tarmac

Can I bring my pet?

Due to the proximity to the horses, no pets are allowed at Ajax Downs. Service animals are always welcome but may be asked to keep at a distance from the horses for safety reasons.


Is there Food & Beverage service?

Yes, on the patio is a BBQ that serves Hamburgers/Hot Dogs and other food items as well as Pop, water & Alcoholic Beverages.

For more intricate meals, the Gateway restaurant and upper patio has a full service menu and bar.

I’m interested in purchasing a retired racehorse for a pleasure horse. Is there anyone that can help me?

Please contact the QROOI at www.qrooi.com or 905-426-7050

I don’t know how to bet, is there somewhere for me to learn?

We have designated booth called How To Bet 101, were our friendly and helpful staff will assist with you with any questions you have. They are always located at the side of the grandstand. Also, check out our “1st time visit” section under the “Plan your visit” header on our website for tips and insight before you arrive.  

Do you sell Merchandise?

Yes, we have a wide variety of merchandise such as, Jackets, Sweatshirts, T-Shirts, and a wide variety of other souvenir items. Currently we do not sell online please visit the merchandise booth on race days.

 

Prohibited Items?

Balls, balloons, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, Frisbees, flags, kites. We may also ask you to remove any items that we feel is unsafe around the horse.

 

WIFI

At this time, Ajax Downs, does not provide free WIFI service.

 

Can pictures be taken at Ajax Downs?

Yes. Customers are welcome to use cameras and/or camcorders while visiting Ajax Downs Race Track. However, please refrain from using flashes around the horses, and from taking pictures of other customers.

 

Are there any Bank Machines at Ajax Downs?

Yes, we offer 2 bank machines located in our Simulcast Area.

 

Can I book Birthday/Group Party or Corporate Party?

Yes, we over group packages please visit the event link on our website.

How do I know when the next race starts?

‘Post time’ is the time a race starts – When at the track look at the top right corner of our jumbotron ex: 4 MTR 1 = 4 Minutes To Race 1 (sometimes this abbreviation will be MTP=Minutes To Post)

 

What happened if the horse I pick scratches?

When a horse scratches it is taken out of the race for many reasons, usually due to a safety concern for the horse. If you have bet on a horse that has been scratched then, in most cases, your ticket will be void and your money will be returned

 

What does speed index mean?

Speed index (SI) is a numerical rating of just how fast a horse ran his or her race in comparison to other horses at the same track and distance the past three years – the higher the number the better.

 

What happens to Quarter horses when they don’t race anymore?

At Ajax Downs many of our Ponies (these are the horses that escort the racehorses to the gates) are retired racehorses. Other retired Quarter horses from our track live on farms eating grass and enjoying their golden years. 

 

What do the different races mean?

ALLOWANCE RACE- A race other than claiming for which the racing secretary drafts certain conditions to determine weights. MAIDEN RACE- A race for non-winners. SPEED INDEX RACE is for horses whose average speed index is lower than a certain number. An example of a Speed Index condition would be “For three-year olds and upward with an average speed index of 85 and under.”

 

What Do Odds Mean in Horse Racing?

When horse racing odds are shown in the form of 7-2, 5-1, etc, it shows the amount of profit to the amount invested. So, odds of 7-2 mean that for every $2 invested, the better gets $7 profit in return. This means when you bet $2, the total return if the bet is successful is $9

 

What is the backstretch?

The straight length of the track on the far side of the course from the stands where the stables are located.


How do I bet?
 

We get this question all the time and have staff available to help you! Find our How To Bet 101 booth on the patio during live racing and speak to one of our helpful How to bet 101 staff. They can set you up with a Quick Pick packs and answer any of your questions! You can also ask one of our live teller they can help you through the process. 

 

Where do I bet? 

On the patio under the overhang there is a booth with tellers that can take your bets. They are helpful for anyone betting! 

Have another question? Our staff is always out and about during live racing and we can always help direct you to where you need to be or help you with betting, food, general info about racing or the facility. 

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