Fiesty Icon Prevails Over Country Boy 123 In Blanket Finish To Alex Picov Memorial Championship
Fiesty Icon (#8), under jockey Tony Phillips, gets his head in front of Country Boy 123 (#3) in the $41,618(US) Alex Picov Memorial Championship Monday afternoon at Ajax Downs.

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Fiesty Icon Prevails Over Country Boy 123 In Blanket Finish To Alex Picov Memorial Championship

AJAX, ONT—OCTOBER 12, 2020—Fiesty Icon, under jockey Tony Phillips, ended Country Boy 123's five-race win streak Monday afternoon when he got his head in front at the finish line for the $41,618(US) Alex Picov Memorial Championship at Ajax Downs.

The 8-year-old son of Sugarman Perry completed the classic 440 yard distance in a quick :21.745 clocking to equal a 104 speed index with a 22 mph tailwind. It was the 20th career win for Fiesty Icon.

Owner-trainer Richard Kennedy saddled the Ontario-bred gelding from the Special Effort mare Fiesty Spirit.

"I decided to enter him [in the Championship] after his last race, the Ontario Bred Maturity," said Kennedy, who raises and trains horses with wife Karen on his farm in Mount Albert, ON. "He was second that day but I liked the way he came out of that race. He usually tells me when he is ready to run; I guess he was right."

The multiple stakes winner picked up $17,162(US) to boost his lifetime earnings total to $278,143. Picov Cattle Co. is the breeder.

The winning connections of Fiesty Icon with the Alex Picov Memorial Championship stakes trophy Monday afternoon at Ajax Downs. © Clive Cohen / New Image Media
Kennedy purchased Fiesty Icon as a yearling from the Picov family and the gelding has had an illustrious career. In fact, Fiesty Icon was the Ajax Downs' Horse of the Year as a 3-year-old in 2015 and in recent years had been ruling the Ontario Bred older horse ranks.

"He's a fabulous horse, he always goes out and gives us his all when he runs," said Kennedy. "After the race another owner, James Bogar, said to me, 'You must be on cloud nine'. I said it was 10."

Three-time Ajax Horse of the Year Country Boy 123 was looking to defend his Alex Picov Memorial Championship title for the fourth consecutive year for owner-trainer Ruth Barbour. The 27-time winner of $417,351 was ridden by jockey Ed Walton.

The son of champion Country Chicks Man as bred in Michigan by Carolyn Bay from the Dash Thru Traffic mare Very Dashin 123. He earned $8,851(US) for today's effort.

Milena Kwiecien's Spy For The Senate was moved to third after Countrys Comin Back was DQ'd and placed fourth for interference. Jason Pascoe saddled the 4-year-old son of Louisiana Senator from the Corona Cartel mare Corona Spy. Mary Hainline bred the bay colt in Oklahoma. Ridden by Ismael Mosqueira, Spy For The Senate earned $4,291(US) to bring his earnings total to $104,389.

The presentation of the Championship trophy to the Kennedys, Phillips and Fiesty Icon was made by CKDO Durham radio's popular morning man Terry Johnson, who also did the post race interview with Phillips. CLICK HERE to see a post race interview with Phillips.

Completing the order of finisher were Countrys Comin Bac, Maryland Magic, Shes Sizzling, Jess A Deal and Tempting First Dash.

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