Classic for Frosted - that's official
The G1 Breeders' Cup Classic is the confirmed objective of Godolphin's Frosted, setting up another intriguing clash with racetrack legend California Chrome, at Santa Anita on November 5.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin's chief executive and racing manager John Ferguson had been key players in the decision-making process.
Another option looked at was the Dirt Mile - a perfectly feasible goal, considering Frosted's stunning victory by 14 lengths and more in the G1 Met Mile at Belmont in the summer.
But McLaughlin made it clear that Frosted would be entered for only one race at this year's Breeders' Cup - the Classic, over a mile and a quarter.
"There is only a short run to the first turn in the Mile, and if you draw wide, you are at a severe disadvantage. It is also a speed race, and you can get a lot of traffic.
"The team have chosen the Classic, which will suit Frosted. As long as he breaks decently, he will run well.
California Chrome is obviously the one to beat. But maybe we can beat him with the race shape.
"Frosted's energy levels are high at present.
"He is a really happy horse, he feels great in himself," he added.
Frosted worked well at Greentree, Saratoga, on Wednesday, according to his trainer. He ships to Santa Anita on Sunday and is scheduled to have his final serious workout, over half a mile, on Friday, October 28.
McLaughlin also confirmed that Sentiero Italia is to run in the Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita.