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Frosted to challenge American Pharoah in Belmont
Updated - 5/23/2015

Godolphin Racing's Frosted, who was fourth in the Kentucky Derby on May 2, will run in the Belmont Stakes on June 6, the colt's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, said Thursday.

Frosted joins a plethora of horses likely for the Belmont who finished behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby and then skipped the Preakness. Others probable for the Belmont exiting the Derby are Materiality (sixth), Keen Ice (seventh), Mubtaahij (eighth), Carpe Diem (10th), Frammento (11th) and War Story (16th).

Breaking from post 12, Frosted lagged well behind a moderate early pace in the Derby, went wide on both turns and closed to be fourth, 31/4 lengths behind winner American Pharoah and a neck behind third-place finisher Dortmund.

"We ran good breaking from a wide post in an 18-horse field and going six-wide on the far turn, and we wish there were more pace," McLaughlin said. "He ran a great race, but we were a little disappointed; we wanted to win."

McLaughlin hopes Frosted will follow in the footsteps of one of his former trainees, Jazil, who won the 2006 Belmont after finishing fourth in the Derby.

"We're very happy to be running," said the trainer. "He's doing well and will work [this] morning."

 

 

 

Frosted Continues Working Toward Belmont
Updated - 5/23/2015
 

On a sun-splashed morning that saw a flurry of activity from Belmont Stakes (gr. I) probables, Frosted was among several workers on May 22 who are targeting the final leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park June 6. (Read about other Belmont works)

Shortly after the renovation break, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Tapit   colt worked in company with Godolphin Mile (UAE-I) winner Tamarkuz. Exercise rider Renzo Morales was aboard Frosted, who worked to the inside of his stablemate.

They worked as a team through the five-furlong move. New York Racing Association clockers timed Frosted in 1:01.45, the 12th fastest of 20 works at the distance. Tamarkuz, who is being pointed to the June 6 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), was given a final time of 1:01.43.

Frosted's splits were :12.60 and :24:60, and he galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.90.

Although the main track was playing on the quick side, and Frosted has proven to be a sharp worker in the past, McLaughlin was not looking for a swift move from the colt in his penultimate Belmont Stakes breeze. The colt had worked a bullet four furlongs in :47.64 on May 15.

After consulting his stopwatch when his workers hit the finish line, McLaughlin said with a big smile, "Nice. Very nice."

As McLaughlin waited to hear the official time from the NYRA clockers, he remarked, "Sometimes Frosted can work too quick—even on his own—so in company we were a little worried. He worked with a really nice horse today and we felt they would be perfect to work together, and they were."

Frosted finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 2.

Weather permitting, McLaughlin said Frosted will work again May 29. The trainer said he is looking at a half-mile move in the vicinity of :48  and change for the colt's final breeze before the 1 1/2-mile Belmont. He will not work in company.

Joel Rosario, who rode Frosted in the Derby and won last year's Belmont Stakes aboard Tonalist, has the riding assignment.

McLauglin won the 2006 Belmont with Jazil for Shadwell Stable.

Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92114/frosted-continues-working-toward-belmont#ixzz3axpH5V4N

 
Frosted Scheduled for Belmont Stakes Run
Updated - 5/22/2015

Godolphin Racing's Frosted will challenge Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park, the colt's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin announced May 21.

McLaughlin had been considering the Belmont for Frosted and made official plans Thursday for the Twinspires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner to target the 1 1/2-mile test. The son of Tapit   finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

He joins a group of horses likely for the Belmont who finished behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and then skipped the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Others probable for the Belmont exiting the Derby are Materiality (sixth), Keen Ice (seventh), Mubtaahij (eighth), Carpe Diem (10th), Frammento (11th), and War Story (16th).

Breaking from post 12, Frosted lagged well behind a moderate early pace in the Kentucky Derby, went wide during both turns, and closed to finish fourth, 3 1/4 lengths behind American Pharoah and a neck behind third-place finisher Dortmund.

"We ran good breaking from a wide post in an 18-horse field and going six wide on the far turn, and we wish there were more pace," McLaughlin said. "He ran a great race, but we were a little disappointed. We wanted to win."

McLaughlin hopes Frosted will follow in the footsteps of one of his former trainees, Jazil, who won the 2006 Belmont after finishing fourth in the Derby.

"We're very happy to be running," the trainer said. "He's doing well and will work (May 22)."

Bernardini Filly Remains Unbeaten at Belmont
Updated - 5/11/2015
6th at BEL Allowance  [1m] Winner: Munasara, f, 3 by Bernardini
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MUNASARA (f, 3, Bernardini--Lahudood {GB} {Ch. Turf Mare, MGISW-US, SW & MGSP-Fr, $1,695,373}, by Singspiel {Ire}) was successful as the 4-5 pick in her unveiling going seven panels in Hallendale Mar. 15. The 9-5 second choice was off to an alert start and tracked a pair of pacesetters through fractions of :23.21 and :46.17. Angled to the three path turning for home, Munasara dueled with So You Say (Flatter) down the stretch and forged clear to a two-length score over that rival. Delightful Joy (Tapit) checked in third. The winner is the third foal to race out of 2007 GI Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf victress Lahudood (GB), who produced a War Front filly this spring. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $70,200. Click for the brisnet.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
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Kiaran McLaughlin stays hot on Frosted’s Kentucky Derby chance
Updated - 4/29/2015
 

Godolphin’s Frosted made the journey from Florida to Louisville on Tuesday ahead of his bid to become the first of nine runners from the international stable to prevail in the Kentucky Derby.

Trained at the Palm Meadows training centre in Boynton Beach by Kiaran McLaughlin, the grey colt ran just over 2,200 metres on Monday and was scheduled to undergo a similar leg-stretch before flying to Churchill Downs.

Godolphin’s last runner in the Kentucky Derby was Alpha, who McLaughlin saddled to finish 12th in 2012, but there will be few excuses on Saturday should Frosted draw well in tonight’s post-position draw.

“Everything has gone perfectly,” McLaughlin said. “It’s going to be a tough race.

“I just hope he draws a decent post position, but he couldn’t be doing any better.”

In what is almost universally acknowledged to be one of the deepest fields in recent times, Frosted comes in to the “Run for the Roses” with a real chance.

He has won twice from seven starts and finished as the runner-up four times.

His only poor run was a fourth in the Fountain Of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in February.

In that race he led the field in the stretch but he then slowed markedly.

McLaughlin made several adjustments after that lacklustre performance that included a soft palette operation and a change of jockey from Irad Ortiz to Joel Rosario.

The result was a dominant win in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct this month, a race won by his sire Tapit in 2004 and last used as a springboard to Kentucky Derby glory by Fusaichi Pegasus 15 years ago.

“We weren’t sure what happened in the Fountain Of Youth,” McLaughlin said. “I thought, like everybody else, that he was going to win easy.

“When Irad asked him to go, he put his head up and he stopped. We were frustrated and tried to change everything that we could.

“Whatever it was, it worked out great.”

Dubai World Cup winner McLaughlin trained for 10 years in the UAE before he returned to his native America for good in 2003. He had his first Kentucky Derby runner in 2005 when Closing Argument, the outsider of the field, pushed winner Giocomo to within half a length. Jazil was fourth in a dead-heat the following year, but Flashy Bull finished down the field in 14th the same year.

With Soldat coming 11th in 2011, and Alpha making no impression, McLaughlin is desperate to make his mark.

“The race is priceless,” McLaughlin said. “You can’t put a price on winning the Kentucky Derby. I would love to win it myself, and I would love to win it for Godolphin.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa’s Mubtaahij, the UAE Derby winner, arrived at Churchill Downs from Arlington Park late on Monday and settled in to Barn 42 under the guidance of Mike de Kock.

In England, California Chrome will no longer have a run in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury next month and instead will be aimed at Royal Ascot in June.

America’s Horse of the Year finished second in the World Cup last month to Godolphin’s Prince Bishop, who has been retired.

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