Story originally published on Danonymous on May 24 With this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness now complete, the horse racing industry has started to peak its head out from beneath the long shadow cast by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
That shadow looms even larger for the horses that ran against American Pharoah, though, as they look to prove themselves outside of their past encounters with the champion.
Most notably, multiple graded-stakes winner Frosted will undoubtedly be tied to American Pharoah in horse racing lore, having faced him four times over a six month period in 2015 including battles in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, Travers and Breeders’ Cup Classic.
He’s doing great.” Unorthodox Training Assistant trainer and Kiaran’s brother Neal Mc Laughlin is overseeing Frosted’s workouts at Darley USA’s Greentree Training Center, a private track in Saratoga Springs, NY, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Utilizing the private track allows the Mc Laughlin team to train its horses in an unorthodox manner.American racing is run in a counter clockwise direction around the track as the horse and jockey make left-hand turns around the large oval.Training for the upcoming Grade-1 Metropolitan Handicap (Met Mile) at Belmont Park on June 11 on Belmont Stakes day, Frosted is returning from an early year campaign in Dubai and will be running his first race in the United States since his Breeders’ Cup loss to American Pharoah in October.“The Met Mile is a huge race for all horses if you’re able to win it. Early on May 20 at Greentree Training Center in Saratoga, Frosted put in his third workout in as many weeks in preparation for his Met Mile test.
Frosted barely moved one of his grey hairs as he went through the morning rituals and breezed easily without making a sound.
“Once the tack goes on, he’s all class,” exclaimed assistant trainer Trish Mc Laughlin.
“He sometimes screams at the fillies, but once the tack goes on, he’s never acted up.” By earning .5-million in his career and winning some of the most prestigious races in the world, Frosted has stamped himself as a top thoroughbred in his own right and will one day get another chance to shine as a stallion.
For now though, he’s all business, training for one of the biggest races of his career in the Met Mile.
Probable horses that Frosted may face in the Met Mile include his stablemates and Mc Laughlin-trained Marking and Tamarkuz, Grade-1 winner Noble Bird, Grade-2 winner Upstart and recent Grade-2 Charles Town Classic winner Stanford.
Other entries may include Ami’s Flatter, Anchor Down, Blofeld, Calculator and Sloane Avenue. He’s doing well and we’re hoping he has a big year this year,” said Mc Laughlin. He’s a really nice horse and we’re happy to have him as a four year old.