Kentucky Derby 2019 Radar: Frosted Ice ready to go longer

September 22, 2018 11:13am
Kentucky Derby 2019 Radar: Frosted Ice ready to go longer
Photo: Elsa Lorieul/NYRA
Frosted Ice has won back-to-back starts in New York-bred competition, but you only have to look back as far as Audible, third in this year's Kentucky Derby, to see the Empire State can have an impact on the first Saturday in May.

This colt, a son of Bellamy Road, went as far as four wide to circle the field under a hand ride and went on to win Friday's Belmont Park feature, the Bertram F. Bongard, by 6 1/4 lengths to stamp himself as a 2019 Kentucky Derby hopeful.

"I think the longer the better for him," said trainer Ron Moquett, who started Far Right in the 2015 Derby and Whitmore in 2016. He'd like another. "Obviously everybody has that dream right now. We believe he can do that."

A flashy looking gray or roan, Frosted Ice was not sold at public auction, but Moquett said he was a six-figure purchase for owner Rialto Racing Stables. Next, he'll go two turns after completing seven furlongs Friday in 1:23.12.

"We're definitely going to use the state-bred program to make some money and build confidence," Moquett said. "Hopefully we'll get a shot to go on.

"...I think the thing is, United States racing isn't near as big as it was -- the landscape geographically. So people will put them in a truck, trailer or airplane and go anywhere now. It used to be if you had a New Jersey-bred, it only ran in New Jersey."

Moquett, who operates a Kentucky string, may have this one running under the Twin Spires in a few months.

Broke maiden on major circuit (His first victory came second out Aug. 17 at Saratoga.)

Connections with Derby experience

Sire known for two-turn runners (Bellamy Road has produced, among others, leading older horse Diversify, another New York-bred.)

Pricey purchase or homebred


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New for the 2019 Kentucky Derby trail, Horse Racing Nation's Derby Radar seeks to identify promising maiden, allowance and even stakes winners who could target points-paying preps next out. We'll cover the buzz horses, of course, then using a systematic approach based on past years' Derby contenders identify other talented colts moving up the ladder.

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