Icicles gives rivals the cold shoulder in the Likely Exchange Stakes

Four-year-old Frosted filly never threatened on way to earning first Stakes win

On a frigid winter night at northern Kentucky’s Turfway Park, the aptly named Icicles took the lead right out of the starting gate and never looked back on her way to recording a three-and-a-half length victory in the $125,000 Likely Exchange Stakes on Saturday, 13 January.

Icicles, a four-year-old daughter of Frosted, earned her first Stakes victory when capturing the Likely Exchange, and improved her record to two wins and three second place finishes in just seven career starts.

Breaking sharply under jockey Adam Beschizza, Icicles went immediately to the front. She was tracked closely by Ghostly Gal as they entered the clubhouse turn, but Icicles quickly opened a clear lead as the runners entered the backstretch. 

Icicles continued to lead the way down the backstretch and into the far turn. Favorite Silver Ticket made a brief bid on the far turn, but Icicles spurted away at the top of the stretch, drawing off to win easily.

Icicles was bred in Kentucky by her owner, Dixiana Farms. She is out of the mare Hard Ten Hopping, an unraced daughter of Rock Hard Ten. A full sister to G1 American Oaks winner, Nereid, Hard Ten Hopping is also a half-sister to Stakes winner and G1-placed Sea Queen (Lemon Drop Kid).

Frosted enters the new year off a successful 2023, which saw him represented by Graded Stakes winners Frost Point (G3 Doubledogdare) and Ice Dancing (G3 Santa Ynez), in addition to Listed winners Sister Lou Ann and Be My Sunshine. In Japan, Frosted was represented by the talented two-time Graded Stakes winning sprinter, Jasper Krone.

Frosted will stand the 2024 breeding season at Jonabell Farm for $10,000, stands and nurses.