2015 Kentucky Derby Prep Horses To Watch
Kiaran McLaughlin nearly won the Kentucky Derby in 2055 when Closing Argument took command in the stretch only to be passed by the late-running Giacomo, and the conditioner has been trying to get to the elusive winner's circle under the Twin Spires ever since. He may have his best chance in 2015 with Frosted, a son of red-hot sire Tapit and the Deputy Minister mare Fast Cookie. Campaigned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin Racing LLC, Frosted was highly-regarded in the barn before finishing a distant runner-up to subsequent Kip Deville S. champ Bayerd in a 6F Saratoga maiden race on August 23. The colt improved in his next outing, a 6 ½F Belmont Park contest for non-winners four weeks later, when he again settled for second but was beaten less than a length. His breakthrough effort came when Frosted finally stretched out to a mile and romped by 5 ¼ lengths on October 30 at Aqueduct. With Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard for the first time, the colt hit the wire in 1:36.19 and was given a career-best 94 BRIS Speed Rating. Bred by in Kentucky by Darley, Sheikh Mohammed's global thoroughbred breeding operation, the aptly-named gray/roan was foaled on April 18, 2012. Frosted has banked $70,600 in his three starts, and McLaughlin said he may try to increase that total and earn Derby qualifying points in the prestigious $400,000 G2 Remsen S. on November 29 at Aqueduct.