Godolphin Stable's Frosted put in his final work before the Jim Dandy on Saturday morning, going four furlongs in 47.91 seconds over the main track under exercise rider Rob Massey.
The work was the fourth at Saratoga for Frosted, winner of the Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial in April, since his runner-up finish to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the June 6 Belmont Stakes.
“We were planning to work him in company, but the company couldn't keep up. It got him going, anyway,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “He worked great. We were pleased. He galloped out strong and kept going.”
A gray son of Grade 1 winner Tapit, Frosted also finished fourth behind American Pharoah in the Derby. American Pharoah is scheduled to make his next start in the Grade 1 Haskell August 2 at Monmouth Park.
“We're happy where we are and happier that American Pharoah isn't going to show up this time,” McLaughlin said. “I'm sure there's others out there that will be tough enough competition. Everything's all set.”
Frosted ran second in the Grade 2 Remsen at 2 and began his sophomore season finishing second in the Grade 2 Holy Bull and fourth in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, a race he seemed poised to win before suddenly backing up in mid-stretch. McLaughlin shipped him from south Florida to New York to prep for the Wood.
“He's doing well,” he said. “Once we figured out a few things, from the Wood Memorial on everything has gone well.”
According to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes, other horses pointing to the Jim Dandy are Frammento, Japan, Materiality and Texas Red. Keen Ice and Tekton are possible.
Upset winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall, Texas Red breezed five furlongs on the main track in 59.92 seconds under jockey Junior Alvarado. The 3-year-old Afleet Alex colt has been second in each of his 2015 starts, the Grade 2 San Vicente and Grade 3 Dwyer.
In his bid for a sixth consecutive training title at Saratoga and 12th overall, Todd Pletcher was shut out on Opening Day at the Spa, but sent out a trio of formidable workers on Saturday morning.
Working in company, Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Materiality and Grade 2 Peter Pan winner Madefromlucky went four furlongs on the Saratoga main track. According to Pletcher, Materiality is targeting the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on August 1 at the Spa, while Madefromlucky is likely to race on the same day in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby.
“The 50 yards of it that I could see they looked good,” Pletcher said wryly of the team drill, which was obscured by a dense fog.
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