The only 5-year-old facing a field of younger fillies, Frost Point (Frosted) proved age is just a number with a come-from-behind effort to win her first graded stakes in the GIII Baird Doubledogdare S. at Keeneland Friday.
Last seen rolling to a 6 1/4-length win in gate-to-wire fashion in the Heavenly Prize Invitational at Aqueduct Feb. 23 and racing in the royal blue of owner/breeder Godolphin, the bay daughter of another prolific homebred was away a step off and patiently handled by Flavien Prat at the rear of the field as Interstatedaydream (Classic Empire) and Hidden Connection (Connect) squared off up front. Last of the octet into the first turn, Frost Point saved ground up the backstretch through an opening quarter in :24.03 set by a now solo Hidden Connection. Always in touch with the tightly-bunched group, she began to make up ground around the far bend, coming inside of a fading Traverse (Street Sense) before tipping up past the quarter pole to take dead aim on the leading pair of Hidden Connection and Green Up (Upstart). While she needed the length of the short Keeneland stretch to get by, Frost Point rallied up the outside and dove past Hidden Connection in the final strides, winning as the 9-2 second choice.
“Over the summer, she put on weight and started looking better,” said winning trainer Bill Mott. “She's come back very well. She's three-for-three now (beginning Dec. 30 at Aqueduct in her first start since May). This was a very good race, and she beat a really solid field.”
Out of GI Frizette S. heroine Balletto (UAE) (Timber Country), Frost Point traces back to champion 2-year-old filly Althea (Alydar), champion 2-year-old filly in Japan Yamamin Paradise (Danzig), GI Juddmonte Spinster winner Acoma (Empire Maker), and GISW and late sire Arch (Kris S.). Frost Point is the fifth graded-stakes winner for sire Frosted. She has a winning 3-year-old full-brother, Ski Country, a 2-year-old full-brother, and a yearling half-sister by Maclean's Music.
BAIRD DOUBLEDOGDARE S.-GIII, $292,594, Keeneland, 4-21, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:43.95, ft.
1–FROST POINT, 118, m, 5, by Frosted
1st Dam: Balletto (UAE) (GISW, $1,151,850), by Timber Country
2nd Dam: Destiny Dance, by Nijinsky II
3rd Dam: Althea, by Alydar
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O/B-Godolphin LLC (KY); T-William I
Mott; J-Flavien Prat. $183,675. Lifetime Record: 11-5-3-2,
$446,235. *1/2 to Villanesca (Distorted Humor), SW & GISP,
$237,500. Werk Nick Rating: C+.
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2–Hidden Connection, 118, f, 4, Connect–C J's Gal, by Awesome
Again. ($49,000 RNA Wlg '19 KEENOV; $40,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP;
$55,000 RNA 2yo '21 OBSAPR; $85,000 2yo '21 OBSOPN).
O-Hidden Brook Farm & Black Type Thoroughbreds; B-St
Simon Place (KY); T-W Bret Calhoun. $59,250.
3–Green Up, 118, f, 4, Upstart–Green Punch, by Two Punch.
'TDN Rising Star' 1ST GRADED BLACK-TYPE. ($10,000 Ylg '20
EASOCT). O-Team Valor International, LLC; B-Althea Richards
(VA); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $24,688.
Margins: 3/4, 1HF, HF. Odds: 4.53, 11.02, 2.57.
Also Ran: Interstatedaydream, Shotgun Hottie, Traverse. Scratched: Moon Swag, Music Street.
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