Godolphin’s Frosted was the very impressive winner of Saturday’s Grade 1 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap, making his first start since a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Dubai World Cup. The 4-year-old son of Tapit blew away his competition by 14 1/4 lengths, covering a mile over Belmont’s fast main track in 1:32.73 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Joel Rosario, angling for his third winner on the stakes-packed Belmont card, tucked Frosted in behind the early leaders until nearly the head of the lane, allowing the colt to save ground as much as possible in the one-turn mile event. Anchor Down, unsettled at the start, came away from the gate the quickest, but was quickly joined along the rail by Noble Bird through a :22.78 first quarter-mile. Marking was sent through between horses to join Noble Bird on the the lead, as those two marked together a half-mile in :45.35. Frosted and Rosario were able to utilize the hole he left to join Stanford behind the leading triumvirate as the field approached the second half of Belmont’s wide turn for home.
It looked briefly as though Frosted would be stuck behind a three-wide wall of horses with Blofeld to his outside, but Rosario bulled his way to swing outside of Anchor Down just as that horse took over the lead from Noble Bird and Marking. Frosted strode alongside Anchor Down for the shortest of moments, then absolutely exploded to stretch toward the wire. He was quickly double-digit lengths in front of the field, and Rosario wrapped up on him as Frosted finished 14 1/4 lengths in front of Anchor Down. Upstart came up to finish third, a length behind Anchor Down, and Marking held on to be another length back in fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Darley, Frosted is out of Fast Cookie, a graded stakes-winning daughter of Deputy Minister. He finished fourth behind American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, then second behind the Triple Crown winner in the Belmont Stakes. Frosted now boasts a career record of 5-6-1 from 16 starts, with earnings of over $ 3.2 million.
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