Sent postward the 4-5 favorite, Toews On Ice demonstrated his gameness as he came back from being passed entering the stretch by Mac Daddy Mac to win the featured Grade III $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes Saturday at Del Mar.
Toews On Ice responded to the hard urging of regular rider Martin Garcia to outfinish Mac Daddy Mac, the 4-1 second choice under Gary Stevens, in the final furlong and win by a length and one-quarter. The two had dueled from the outset of the seven-furlong sprint with the favorite proving best at the end.
I’malreadythere, a 16-1 outsider under Tyler Baze, was third, three and one-quarters behind the runner-up and a half-length ahead of Dr. Dorr in the field of seven two-year-olds.
Toews On Ice, a son of Archarcharch owned by the partnership of Pegram, Watson and Weitman and trained by Bob Baffert, accomplished the distance in a solid 1:22.27 as he won his third race in five starts. Previously, he won the Barretts Juvenile at Los Alamitos and the Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita. First money of $60,000 increased the bay colt’s earnings to $175,200.
Toews On Ice returned $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20; Mac Daddy Mac paid $3.80 and $3, while I’malreadythere returned $4.80.
For the second consecutive afternoon, there were no perfect tickets in the Pick Six. Consequently, Sunday’s program will feature a carryover of $230,699. Post time for the first race is 12:30 with the Pick Six conducted on races four through nine.
Garcia was one of three jockeys who had doubles on the afternoon. Garcia won his second race on the program when he took the ninth and final aboard the Baffert-trained Drefong. Also doubling were apprentice David C. Lopez who won the second on Q’ Viva and the fourth aboard Radiant Journey and leading rider Santiago Gonzalez who nabbed the third on Take It Easyplease and the fifth astride Love De Car.
Source: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club