Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin isn’t ready to announce which Breeders’ Cup race Frosted will start in, but he was willing to confirm the four-year-old Tapit son is progressing towards the goal of competing in the Breeders’ Cup. Following a six-furlong training run that was timed at 1:11, McLaughlin said Frosted was in good shape.
A decision should be made soon, even sometime today, whether Frosted will run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) on November 5 or the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on Move 4. The Frosted trainer wasn’t ready to comment on which race he personally prefers, but he did mention how he was concerned about the two-turn test that makes up the Dirt Mile.
“It’s just a short run to the first turn and you can get into traffic and this and that,” said McLaughlin. “That’s my concern, but it’s not my call. We’ll do whatever the boss (Sheikh Mohammed) wants to do.”
The latest training run was Frosted’s fifth move since a third-place finish in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) on September 3 at the Saratoga Race Course. McLaughlin is more than okay with the amount of time off Frosted has had.
“He’s doing great and with the 60 days (going into the Classic), you can tell his energy level is very high,” said McLaughlin. “He worked great, we’re very pleased with him. And I think it’s a better situation than the 30 days (from the Whitney into the Woodward) that we did last time.”