Cavorting wins Phipps Stakes, and a Breeders' Cup slot
NEW YORK (AP) Frosted turned in the most dazzling performance on the Belmont Stakes undercard, winning the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap by 14 1/4 lengths Saturday.
The gray colt streaked home alone in the stretch, widening his margin with every stride in the race also known as the Met Mile.
It gave trainer Kiaran McLaughlin a sweep of both Breeders' Cup Challenge Stakes.
The Met Mile victory insured Frosted a berth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita. McLaughlin said Frosted might instead target the $5 million Classic the following day.
Earlier, Cavorting captured the $1 million Odgen Phipps for fillies and mares to secure a starting spot in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff.
The effort by Frosted is one that the fans on a sunny afternoon won't soon forget.
Tipped widest of all by Joel Rosario at the top of the stretch, Frosted zoomed away from a deep and talented field.
Frosted had the misfortune to be a 3-year-old last season when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah dominated the division.
Frosted did nab some major prizes: the Wood Memorial and the Pennsylvania Derby.
This was his first U.S. start of the season. He ran twice in Dubai, capturing the Al Maktoum Challenge before running fifth in the $10 million World Cup.
''For him to beat great horses like that is pretty incredible,'' said McLaughlin.
Frosted paid $6.70 as the 2-1 favorite, giving Rosario a third stakes win on the card.
Anchor Down was a distant second with Upstart third.
The time was 1:32.73, a record in the 132-year-old stakes.
Cavorting rallied from seventh for a 2 1/2-length victory over Forever Unbridled in the Phipps,
Florent Giroux guided Cavorting to her seventh win in 12 starts. The time was 1:40.12.
Cavorting paid $10.60 to win.
In other stakes results:
- Flintshire flaunted his international class with a 1 3/4-length victory over Ironicus in the $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes on the turf.
Making his debut for trainer Chad Brown, Flintshire proved he hasn't lost a step in the first start of his 6-year-old season.
The latest victory pushed his earnings over $8 million in a career that has pitted him against some of the world's top grass horses.
He twice finished second in France's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and captured the 2014 Hong Kong vase.
It was second stakes win of the day for Brown.
Javier Castellano was aboard for the 1 1/4 miles in 1:58.92.
Flintshire paid $3.40 to win as the 3/5 favorite.
- Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott won a pair of $700,000 races.
His Carina Mia rallied to beat Off the Tracks by 1 1/4 lengths in the Acorn for 3-year-old fillies.
It was her second straight stakes victory following the Eight Belles at Churchill Downs. She paid $6.10 to win as the 2-1 second choice with Julien Leparoux aboard.
Cathryn Sophia, the Kentucky Oaks winner and 4/5 favorite, was third.
Mott struck again with Celestine in the Just A Game for fillies and mares on the turf. She dominated by 3 3/4 lengths over Recepta in 1:31.64 for the mile, only 0.01 off the course record.
Junior Alvarado was aboard as Celestine paid $17 to win.
- Tom's Ready rebounded from a 12th place finish in the Kentucky Derby to take the $500,000 Woody Stephens for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
The colt trained by Dallas Stewart dropped far back before kicking into gear midway on the turn. After angling outside, Rosario steered Tom's Ready back inside when a large hole developed. They shot through the opening for a 1 1/4-length victory over Fish Trappe Road.
He paid $17.20 to win.
- Shaman Ghost took the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational in his first try at 1 1/2 miles.
The 4-year-old from the Jimmy Jerkens barn beat Turco Bravo by 4 1/4 lengths.
Shaman Ghost paid $9 to win with Rosario in the saddle.
- Pure Sensation was the 18-1 upset winner of the $300,000 Jaipur for turf sprinters. He beat Disco Partner by a neck, giving owner-breeder Patricia Generazio a 1-2 finish.
Pure Sensation, trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Jose Ortiz, paid $39.20 to win.
- Economic Model pulled a mild 4-1 upset for the team of Brown and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the $150,000 Easy Goer for 3-year-olds.
Cupid, the 4/5 favorite, broke a step slow, rushed up to press the pace before fading to last.
Economic Model paid $10 to win.