Miss Frost decided to try something new, unbeknownst to her jockey and trainer.
The 3-year-old Curlin filly gained the lead around the first turn of the mile-long Riskaverse on the Saratoga Race Course turf on Friday, removed herself from the rest of the field by a margin that grew throughout and won her third straight race for trainer Tom Albertrani and jockey Edgar Prado.
“I didn’t expect to see that kind of an effort out of her, really,” Albertrani said. “I was hoping she could come back and run the same race as last time. I was a little concerned about being on the inside, because we know she’s a little fussy about certain things; she doesn’t like to be crowded. I just told Edgar, ‘Try to keep her in the clear as best you can, and just let her run her own race.’ That’s what she did.”
Miss Frost pulled out to a two-length lead after a quarter-mile in :23.41, then a three-length lead at the half in :47.20. Entering the stretch, she was five lengths clear, then with Prado’s foot off the gas, she coasted in 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Fashion Fund, who won the race for second place by a neck over Granny Mc’s Kitten.
“She’s a little funny to ride, you know?” Prado said. “We’ve had to figure out the best way to ride her, and it seems like we’re finding the key for her. She relaxed on the backside, you can see she pricked her ears and waited for competition. When the competition came, she picked it up and finished good. I think she’s getting more mature.”
Miss Frost paid $8.80, $4.60 and $2.90 in the win. Fashion Fund returned $4.90 and $3.10, while Granny Mc’s Kitten paid $2.60 to show.
Just as Miss Frost tried something new, Albertrani said he’s planning on doing the same. Her last two wins were in $100,000 stakes, and he said he’d consider the $500,000 Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland for her next target on Oct. 11.
“I think the timing’s right. I think that might be a possibility,” Albertrani said. “After three wins, we might have to test her a little bit.”
Dan Eidson will become the interim racing secretary for Belmont Park when racing returns there on Sept. 5 for the fall meet, as racing secretary Frank Gabriel has decided to return to Dubai.
Eidson had been the racing secretary for Aqueduct and assistant racing secretary at Saratoga Race Course under Gabriel.
Eidson was Hollywood Park’s racing secretary for its final meet in 2013. Before that, he assisted Martin Panza at Hollywood Park and was the track’s stakes coordinator since 2002.
Kid Cruz, who was fourth in the $1.25 million Travers, will be taken out of competition for the rest of the year. He will have surgery next week to remove a chip from his left knee. Kid Cruz won the Grade III Dwyer on July 5, and is 5-1-1 from 10 career starts.
Trainer Linda Rice noticed the problem the day after the Travers, and X-rays revealed the chip.
“The day after the race, I saw a little heat,” Rice told NYRA. “The second day after the race, he showed a little lameness with the heat. It took a couple days for it to kind of move around, but [veterinarian Patty Hogan] said it’s a great prognosis, and he’ll be good as new.”