Frosted Fabulous in Dubai Debut

Frosted Fabulous in Dubai Debut
Photo: Dubai Racing Club/Andrew Watkins

The renaissance of Frosted has begun.

It’s not exactly a new career for Frosted, but there were enough firsts in his race today to bring with it a whole blast of renewed excitement about one of the world’s best horses. It was his first start as an older horse. It was his first start outside of the United States, and in Dubai, to be more specific. And finally, it was his first start in the post-American Pharoah era. Everything went beautifully. The battle tested son of Tapit galloped in his first test at Meydan, with a flashy victory in the (UAE-2) Al Maktoum Challenge - Round 2.

In his first prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26, Frosted quickly became involved in a three-way scrum near the front end. Ridden by William Buick, the two-time winner of million dollar races back in America, stayed closed to the early lead of Munaaser, with Prayer for Relief just to his outside flank. Frosted was content to stay within a length of the early leader, and in between horses, as Munaaser reeled of comfortable quarters of 12 and change.

The order remained the same into the far turn, but as the leader and the third place Prayer for Relief began to be asked for their best, Frosted easily cruised right up to the front at the top of the lane. His overmatched early competition stayed with him for a few strides, but as soon as the Wood Memorial and Pennsylvania Derby winner changed leads, the race was put away in a matter of a few jumps. The Kiaran McLaughlin trained star quickly accelerated away from his competition and cantered home a romping winner.

Gold City came up the rail to claim second, while Faulkner rallied to just nip Frosted’s early rivals to finish third.

The final time of 1:56.67 easily broke the track record at Meydan for the distance of 1,900 meters. With the victory, the Godolphin runner raised his career mark to 14-4-6-1, but more importantly, in his first race since last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, Frosted passed his initial test at Meydan with absolute flying colors.

California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, remains the favorite for the world’s richest race, now less than two months away, but today Frosted threw down the gauntlet as a major contender for the Dubai World Cup.

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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