Coach Q’s Buddy Named A Horse After A Blackhawk…And He’s Pretty Damn Good


If you’re into horse racing, then you probably know the name Bob Baffert. He’s arguably the most famous horse trainer in the world, producing four Kentucky Derby winners, six Preakness Stakes winners, and two winners of the Belmont Stakes. His most prized horse, American Pharoah, just won the Triple Crown this year.

Yet, it was one of his newest horses that made headlines this week at the $70, 000 Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita (CA). Co-owned by Mike Pegram, a friend of Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, the colt known as Toews On Ice skated to an impressive 4 1/4-length victory at the famed track (see what I did there). Obviously named for Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, the 2-year-old ran six furlongs in 1:09.74 for his second victory in four races to start his career.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, who rode American Pharoah during that historic run this year, had good things to say following the race.

“I had a good outside post and he broke in front, ” said Espinoza, who drove to the lead leaving the quarter pole. “He did things easily. He’s still learning and some horses need one or two races to really focus and he’s one of those.”

Toews On Ice still needs a little work, but the team is looking for continued success.

“He’s still a little green, still wanting to run on his left lead, ” said Jim Barnes, Baffert’s assistant, “but he’s moving forward and I’m sure we have big things to come.”