Frosted Turns in Record-Breaking Performance in Met Mile
Last year’s Belmont Stakes runner-up used the Met Mile as his showcase Saturday, as Frosted blew away the field winning by 14 lengths in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.
Frosted went off as the 2-1 favorite and delivered perhaps his biggest win and fifth of his career. Frosted paid $6.70 to win while running a stakes-record time of 1:32.27. The margin of victory is believed to be the largest in the 123-year history of the Met Mile. The win also qualified Frosted for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile November 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Joel Rosario also had praise for the impressive colt. “He ran a big race today, probably the best race of his life. It’s very special to come here today and make all of us very happy.”
Trainer Kieran McLaughlin added, “He’s very versatile. He can do anything…we thought this is a great spot.”
McLaughlin said the next spot for Frosted would likely be the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney August 6 at Saratoga.
Frosted was making his first start in the U.S. since finishing seventh to American Pharoah in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. He spent the bulk of the winter in Dubai, winning the Maktoum Challenge Round Two by five lengths before finishing fifth to California Chrome in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
The Met Mile is considered a race that can boost a colt’s stallion prospects. When you win this race in the manner in which Frosted did — and you’re a son of Tapit, as Frosted is – it would appear that he has a bright future in his second career.
“He’s a year older and he’s still going, a very sound horse and he’s great mentally. He’s really a special horse, a neat horse. He’ll have a great stud career hopefully. He’s so well-bred, a beautiful horse with a great resume now.”
As part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ program, Frosted earned a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in November at Santa Anita. Frosted could also be pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Classic.