01/12/2018 2:36PM

Grade 3 winner Toews On Ice to stand in New Mexico

Benoit & Associates
Toews On Ice's biggest win came as a juvenile in the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar.

Toews On Ice, a Grade 3 winner, will begin his stallion career at Justin and Vanessa Evans’ A & A Equine in Anthony, N.M., during the 2018 breeding season for an advertised fee of $1,000.

The 5-year-old son of Archarcharch finished his on-track career with 6 wins in 17 starts for earnings of $394,740, highlighted by victories in the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes and the non-graded William Walker Stakes, Speakeasy Stakes, and Barretts Juvenile Stakes. He also finished second in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity.

Toews On Ice initially raced for the partnership of Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman under trainer Bob Baffert. He was sold privately to A & A Equine and Gino Roncelli late in his 3-year-old season and moved to the shedrow of Justin Evans.

“He had gotten a little bit sore on us,” Evans said. “He’s such a class, cool horse, so we just said, ‘Let’s take him home to the farm, give him a little time off.’ He looks good, but he’d settled in so well at the farm, we said, ‘He likes it out there, let’s make him our stud horse.’

“We’ve got a really good client out there that’s got some nice mares that have produced some New Mexico-bred stakes winners, and they said they’d love to breed to him,” Evans continued. “He’s going to be busy.”

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The Evanses were in attendance at the recent Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, buying broodmares to support their new stallion.

Bred in Kentucky by Lakland Farm, Toews On Ice is out of the Grade 3-placed D’wildcat mare Wild Forest Cat, whose three foals to race are all winners, also including stakes-placed full sister Exuberance. He is from the family of stakes winners Here’s Johnny and Glitter City.

“I think he’s going to be a good addition to New Mexico,” Evans said. “He was fast, he was versatile, he could run long. He liked short, but he could get either distance, and that’s almost what you’ve got to have for our tracks out there. Hopefully he throws that into his offspring and turns out to be a good sire.”