FROSTED, ridden by Joel Rosario,boosted his reputation as one of the best horses in the world with an impressive two-length win in the Whitney Handicap over 1800m at Saratoga on Saturday night.
The Godolphin four-year-old, trained by Kieran McLaughlin, had produced a sensational performance to win the Met Mile by 14 lengths on his previous outing and he showed that effort was not a one-off by justifying odds-on favouritism against a field that included Grade 1 winners Effinex and Noble Bird.
“I knew he probably went a little too fast but I was cruising the whole way,” Rosario said. “Sometimes he’s a little difficult, and you have to let him do what he wants to do, but when I turned for home I knew I had something left because I know the way he likes to run.”
The Whitney Stakes is a designated ‘win and you’re in’ race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic and a trip to Santa Anita is on the cards for Frosted, according to McLaughlin.
“It’s a privilege to have him in the barn,” the trainer said. “He is a special horse, great-minded, very talented.
McLaughlin, 55, trained Invasor, the 2006 Horse of the Year. After putting Grade I wins back to back, Frosted is on the rise in his personal rankings.
“He really has matured from 3 to 4,” McLaughlin said. “And American Pharoah is at stud now, so we don’t have to chase him around anymore. Invasor was the best, I’ll always say, but Frosted is creeping up now.”