Toews on Ice seeking stakes hat trick in Bob Hope; Pretty N Cool tops Desi Arnaz
The Bob Hope has been won in the past by such stalwarts as Copelan, King Glorious, Stuka, Afternoon Deelites and Lion Heart. Champion Shared Belief holds the distinction of scoring in 2013, the last year it was known as the Hollywood Prevue, before going on to take the CashCall Futurity (G1) in his juvenile season, Pacific Classic (G1), Malibu S. (G1) and Los Alamitos Derby (G2) during his sophomore campaign, and Santa Anita H. (G1) earlier this year.
Of the seven entered for this go around of the Bob Hope, Toews on Ice appears to be the headline. Unlike Shared Belief, the dark bay colt has no shot at an Eclipse Award, not with Nyquist remaining unbeaten with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), but he could end his two-year-old season on a high note.
Toews on Ice brings a two-race win streak into the Bob Hope. He broke his maiden by 7 1/2 lengths in the Barretts Juvenile S. at Los Alamitos on September 20 and last out took the Speakeasy S. at Santa Anita Park by 4 1/4 lengths. The Bob Baffert pupil had Martin Garcia aboard for his initial three races, switched to Victor Espinoza last out in the Speakeasy, but will be reunited with Garcia on Saturday.
Toews on Ice will face a familiar foe in the Bob Hope as Speakeasy runner-up Street Vision is also entered for trainer Mark Glatt. A trio of recent maiden winners – the Jerry Hollendorfer-conditioned Jury, fellow Baffert charge Dr. Dorr and Mac Daddy Mac making his first start under the tutelage of Katherine Ritvo – should keep the contest interesting.
On Sunday, the Desi Arnaz, formerly known as the Moccasin S., drew seven runners as well, including Pretty N Cool.
That Baffert trainee has gone three-for-four thus far, with her only loss coming at the hoofs of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) heroine and probable two-year-old filly champion Songbird in the Del Mar Debutante (G1). Prior to that Pretty N Cool romped by 4 1/2 lengths in her maiden debut before taking the Sorrento S. (G2), both at Del Mar.
The gray lass left California to claim victory in the Matron S. (G2) at Belmont Park last out but returns to warmer climates for Sunday’s affair under regular rider Garcia.
Pretty N Cool might have some competition from yet another Baffert trainee, though. Treasuring jumped up last out to wire her maiden by 7 1/4 lengths in her third attempt for the horseman on September 19 and will have Espinoza in the irons for the first time in the Desi Arnaz.
Hollendorfer will also saddle two in the race thanks to Anoakia S. victress Surfside Tiara and maiden scorer Imflatoutsweet.
Toews on Ice photo courtesy of Benoit Photos
Pretty N Cool photo courtesy of NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography