SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Frosted opened at odds of 1-5, which meant almost nobody thought he could lose. Joel Rosario agreed, so he rode him that way. Smart move.
The muscular gray colt set blazing fractions and never looked in danger of tiring or being caught. Frosted shot clear by three lengths in midstretch on the way to a 13/4 -length victory in Saturday's 89th running of the Grade I, $1.25-million Whitney Stakes at sunny Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was asked if playing catch-us-if-you-can was the pre-race strategy.
"No, it wasn't the plan to take the lead," he said. "We have a top rider, and we let Joel dictate what he wanted to...