Frosted: in Breeders’ Cup Classic picture after dazzling Met Mile victory
PICTURE: EquiSport Photos/Jessie Holmes
By Nicholas Godfrey 11:51PM 11 JUN 2016
Report: USA, Saturday
Belmont Park: Belmont Stakes (Grade 1) 1m4f, dirt, 3yo
CREATOR (Steve Asmussen/Irad Ortiz) charged home late to touch off Destin in a tight photo for the Belmont Stakes. The winner was sent off a shade better than 16-1.
Third place went to the Japanese runner Lani, making it a 1-2-3 for grey horses in the New York Classic.
The favourite Exaggerator had a horrible trip, fighting his rider throughout and four wide after breaking from the 11 box. He finished 11th of 13.
Report to follow…
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Belmont Park: Metropolitan Hcap (Grade 1) 1m, dirt, 4yo+
AFTER his Dubai World Cup flop, last year’s Belmont Stakes runner-up Frosted (Kiaran McLaughlin/Joel Rosario) had plenty of questions to answer – and the Godolphin four-year-old answered them in no uncertain terms when he annihilated a good field in the $ 1.25million event better known as the Met Mile.
After making an impressive Dubai debut at Meydan in February, Frosted could finish only fifth behind California Chrome when well fancied in the World Cup itself.
Cutting back in trip for his first run since then, 2.35-1 favourite Frosted took control in upper stretch before charging away to score by the small matter of 14¼ lengths. He stopped the clock in a speedy 1m32.73s – a stakes record time, just a couple of ticks off the track record – under top-weight of 8st8lb.
The grey son of Tapit was completing a memorable Grade 1 double on the Belmont undercard for his trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who also won the Ogden Phipps with Cavorting.
“The margin of victory today was unbelievable – it was a wild, wild race,” said McLaughlin, who is likely to target the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“He has been doing great all the time and you say that every time that they are doing great, but for him to beat that great of a field of horses like that is pretty incredible. He is a special horse and it’s great to see him get a win like this.”
Jockey Joel Rosario added: “This is a nice horse – he did it all on his own. I was just a passenger. He really ran a big race today, probably the best race of his life.”
Anchor Down took second, just holding the late challenege of Upstart.