Mitole wraps up First-Crop sire championship honors with stakes winner on New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2023
Ice Cold earned the second stakes win of her 2023 campaign on Dec. 31 at Oaklawn Park with a flying finish in the $200,000 Year’s End S.
The 2-year-old daughter of Mitole put an exclamation point on a magnificent year for her sire, who finished the 2023 season as the Champion First-Crop sire by progeny earnings, with $2,616,297 and winners, with 34. Along with Ice Cold, Mitole accounted for Pocahantas S. (G3) winner and Grade 1-placed V V’s Dream, dual stakes-placed Halina’s Forte, and four additional stakes performers. Mitole’s 2024 fee is $15,000 S&N.
Ice Cold, who won the Oct. 4 Miss Indiana S. by 10 lengths, was sixth of seven through the first half of the one-mile Year’s End. Despite being in the three-path around the final bend, she made up ground and was with three lengths of the lead coming into the stretch. She ran by odds-on favorite Denim and Pearls with a sixteenth of a mile to go to with by three-quarters of a length in 1:38.97 on a fast track.
“She just grinds it out,” said trainer Ken McPeek. “She’s really figured it out going two turns. Just a really hard-knocking filly. Tom McGreevy and Dan [McGreevy], the main owner and his brother, are fun guys to work for, too.”
Ice Cold has a record of 2-1-0 in five starts and has earned $190,219. She was bred by Deann & Greg Baer. Out of the Street Sense mare Ice Women, Ice Cold is a half-sister to three-time stakes winner Corningstone. Ice Women produced a yearling colt by Omaha Beach and foaled a colt by Bolt d’Oro last Apr. 23. She was bred to Jackie’s Warrior for 2024.