Frosted Breezes at Saratoga in Preparation for Travers

Frosted Breezes at Saratoga in Preparation for Travers

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Frosted, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I) earlier this spring, breezed a half-mile in :51.25 at Saratoga on the morning of August 14th as he prepares for a start in the August 29th Travers Stakes (gr. I).

The son of Tapit most recently finished a close second in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga on August 1st, his first start since running second behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Frosted worked the distance in :51.25, the 59th-fastest of 63 morning workouts at that distance.

According to the Saratoga Race Course Notes on the New York Racing Association website, McLaughlin thought Frosted’s workout was a little bit slow, but is pleased with how Frosted is training. Said McLaughlin, “He usually works a little bit quicker, but he’s fit and ready to go. Rob thought he was going a little faster than that, but the track might have been a little dull at 5:40 [a.m.], or maybe Frosted was a little sleepy.”

“Everything is set,” McLaughlin added. “We’ll work back next Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather. He’ll go a little quicker, but it’s not a big deal. He’s fit.”

Frosted is expected to be part of a very talented field for the Travers that could also include American Pharoah, Jim Dandy Stakes winner Texas Red, Belmont Stakes third-place finisher Keen Ice, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Tale of Verve, and Curlin Stakes winner Smart Transition.

Frosted finishing second in the Jim Dandy Stakes

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