Horse Racing Fever For Frosted In High Gear For Belmont Stakes
There was some controversy at the Belmont Stakes last year, when co-owner of California Chrome, Steve Coburn, went on a post-race rant about horses that skipped the Preakness so that they could come into the Belmont Stakes fresher than those horses that had run the previous 2 legs of the Triple Crown. This is just one of the reasons why it’s so difficult to win all 3 races, and why Frosted might be the horse to cause a horse racing upset on Saturday.
Here’s Why Horse Racing Fever for Frosted is in High Gear For Belmont Stakes
Owner: Godolphin Racing LLC
Breeder: Kentucky (USA) by Darley
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Frosted is the son of Tapit, who just happens to be the horse that sired last year’s Belmont Stakes winner, Tonalist. Frosted has drawn a lot of comparisons to a horse named Jazil, who followed a pretty similar path back in 2006. Back then, Jazil had a strong finish in the Derby, just as Frosted did, before skipping the Preakness en route to winning the Belmont Stakes. There is a chance that history may repeat here, as the extra distance in the Belmont Stakes is one that heavily favors those horses that can close strong. Frosted started the Kentucky Derby well back of the pack, but he was closing ground fast at the end, eventually finishing in 4th place. He will have a clear run this weekend, as there are only 8 horses in the field. Skipping the Preakness means that he should also be entering the race fit and fresh.
No-one sees the Frosted/Jazil connection more clearly than trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. He was the trainer for Jazil back in 2006, and part of the reason that horse was left out of the Preakness was because the trainer knew that the big closing style of that horse was better suited to the mile and a half distance at the Belmont Stakes.
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Joel Rosario was the jockey on Jazil back in 2006, and he will be aboard Frosted this weekend. Rosario has had some real success in Triple Crown races, and was the jockey on Tonalist, the big winner at Belmont last year. He was also on 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb. He is going to have his work cut out for him on Saturday going against a horse as good as American Pharoah, but you get the sense that if an upset is to happen, it is Frosted that has all the right connections to make it happen.