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Last Updated June 8, 2015 @ 1:15 p.m. ET

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Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Zayat Stables LLC
Breeder: Zayat Stables
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker, Star of Goshen)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Littleprincessemma (Yankee Victor, Exclusive Rosette)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-3-3-0-0 (8) 4.33
Foal Date: Feb. 2, 2012

A ridgling.

On Feb. 2, American Pharoah worked three in 36:20 (5/22) at SA.
On Feb. 9, American Pharoah worked three in 36:40 (4/12) at SA.
On Feb. 15, American Pharoah worked five in 1.00:40 (10/65) at SA.
On Feb. 21, American Pharoah worked six in 1.12:40 (2/30) at SA.
On Feb. 27, American Pharoah worked seven in 1.23:80 (1/7) at SA.
On March 6, American Pharoah worked six from the gate in 1.10:40 (1/36) at SA.
On March 29, American Pharoah worked five in 58:60 (2/88) at SA.
On April 5, Amerian Pharoah worked six in 1.11:60 (1/25) at SA.
On April 26, American Pharoah breezed five in 58:40 (1/32) at CD.
On May 26, American Pharoah breezed four in 48.00 (5/22) at CD.
On June 1, American Pharoah breezed five in 1:00.20 (6/20) at CD.


Jan. 4 NOTE: He is expected to resume training this month and put in a workout before February.

Feb. 1 NOTE: He did not put in a workout before February.

Feb. 1 NOTE: Trainer Baffert told Jennie Rees of The Courier-Journal: "He looks good, really healthy. Once he missed the Breeders' Cup, we just gave him 60 days off. I think that little break really helped him. He's still the horse. He's pretty special. Just a freaky horse. If he stays healthy, he's going to have a fun spring."

March 13 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said of American Pharoah, “A lot is expected from this horse, and he hasn’t run in a while, but we feel confident that he's going to run well. He just needs some racing luck. (Espinoza) knows the horse. He's a fast horse, but Victor just puts him in the place where he’s comfortable. He’s not a speed freak and he’s not rank. I don’t know how the race will go. I always think about the Seattle Seahawks. Look at that last play. So we can’t get ahead of ourselves. We've been in this situation before. What’s supposed to be the easiest one can be the hardest one to win.”

March 14, Grade II Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. American Pharoah overcame a clumsy break from the gate to take the early lead. From there, he increased his advantage. Under Victor Espinoza, he led at each call to win by 6 1/4 lengths, timed in 1:45.78 after setting splits of :24.41, :49.63, and 1:15.22 on a sloppy, rainy track. American Pharoah partially dislodged his right front shoe when he stumbled out of the gate and ran that way throughout the race. Madefromlucky was on the inside for much of the race and finished second. Bold Conquest was third, followed by The Truth or Else, Paid Admission, Sakima and Tizwonderfulcreek.

Victor Espinoza: “He was very impressive. He’s an amazing horse. The first time I rode him, Bob said he’s the real deal. Bob’s a Hall of Famer, so he knows. Bob was confident, so that made me confident.”

Bob Baffert: "I thought (he) ran great. With the weather and the condition of the track, (he) ran very well.... Victor said that he moved right before they broke, and then he stumbled leaving the gate opened and pulled the right front shoe (partially) off of him. But once he got into the first turn and into his groove, he was galloping. His right front shoe wasn't on right, and when he can run like that all the way around like that, it shows you how good he is. You always hope that he's as good as he's been showing us in the mornings, and he was today. It was the perfect kind of race on the comeback, and it's pretty exciting. You want to see how he comes back and how he trains from here. I'm just glad to get this one out of the way. We've got him back. I feel fortunate to have two really top horses in him and Dortmund. I don't think it was that easy for him. The track was very demanding. We learned a lot from this race because he handled it well, he handled the shipping and he handled the off track.  There is a good chance we might be back for the Arkansas Derby with him."

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Baffert said, “This horse, he does things effortlessly. It wasn’t really taxing on him. It turned out all right. He didn’t have go too fast early. I thought he ran great."

March 20 NOTE: The Arkansas Derby is next. Owner Zayat said, “Timing-wise, (the Arkansas Derby) works best. But also, we don’t ship unless we’re ready. And funny enough, Bob thinks he’s ready today. The horse has been on a tear.” Zayat said American Pharoah “galloped like a freight train” Friday.

March 21 NOTE: “Pharoah has a very efficient, kind of effortless stride. He does things really, really easy. I think he can handle any surface, whether it’s deep, fast, whatever. He’s fast, but he’s not a speed-crazy type."

March 29 NOTE: Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah in fractions of :23.40 and :47.20 with a gallop out time of 1:10.80. “Pharoah went really nice,” trainer Baffert said. “He just cruised around there."

April 3 NOTE: Trainer Baffert was asked about American Pharoah after the Santa Anita Derby: “This is the time of the year where we take nothing for granted, we work hard, we have a great team and American Pharoah is doing fantastic. We want to get there in top form and healthy. That’s the battle right there. We have good horses. I can’t believe I’m so fortunate to be in this position with two outstanding 3-year-olds like I have.”

April 5 NOTE: “That (workout) was perfect,” trainer Baffert said. “I got him galloping out in 1:24.80. He’s right on schedule. He does everything real easy. He’ll leave Wednesday for Oaklawn.”

April 6 NOTE: Clocker Toby Turrell on American Pharoah's April 5 workout: “Just when you thought American Pharoah couldn’t step it up, he just did. He added everything to the work with a strength of finish; he added body weight, flesh color, everything you could ask he upped everything. He couldn’t have looked better and couldn’t have done anything better.” Reported at U-T San Diego

April 9 NOTE: “He shipped well and has been doing great since he got there,” trainer Baffert said. “We’re excited about the race and looking forward to it. We’re not thinking about the points. The main thing right now is to take one race at a time. Hopefully, he runs well and comes out of it well. Every time he runs, we learn more and more about him.”

April 10 NOTE: “He’s ready, that’s for sure,” said Jimmy Barnes, assistant to trainer Baffert. The colt visited the paddock and the infield at noon for a schooling lesson. “He’s an amazing horse,” jockey Espinoza said from California. “He’s improving all the time and every time I ride him I learn something new and different that shows me how amazing he is. He has everything a horse needs to win the Kentucky Derby.”

April 11, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. American Pharoah sat off a fast pace, pounced and ran off with a win. He broke well but was content to sit behind Bridget's Big Luvy, who cut out fast fractions of :22.77 and :45.99. Heading toward the far turn, Victor Espinoza asked American Pharoah for more, and he responded, quickly putting away the pacesetter just after six furlongs had gone in 1:10.54.  American Pharoah jumped out to a daylight lead in the turn. By the time he reached the furlong marker, the mile gone in 1:35.94, he was ahead by 5 1/2 lengths. Under a hand ride, American Pharoah increased his margin to eight lengths at the finish. The final time was 1:48.52 for the 1 1/8 mile. Far Right, eighth and last by 13 lengths in the early going, was roused by Mike Smith in the far turn, and he finished well to get past Mr. Z inside the final 1/8 mile and run second. Mr. Z, who was third at each of the first three calls, stayed on and finished 3/4 length behind Far Right, edging Madefromlucky by a neck for the show.

American Pharoah will be shipped directly from Oaklawn Park to Churchill Downs, making him among the first of the Kentucky Derby contenders to train there.

The chart call: "American Pharoah broke with the field, allowed the leader to go while racing off the inside, continued to stalk in the run up the backstretch, moved at will to collar the leader in the second turn, clear into the lane, drew out as he pleased through the stretch without being asked for his best."

Bob Baffert: "He's amazing horse. With the way he works, he's always been a professional horse from the start. We were hoping he could do something like that and he showed it today. We're so excited about him. He's matured substantially. We just worried about getting a clean break and he did, and then Victor rode him with a lot of confidence. When that other horse got off to that lead, it was either that he's going to rate or he's going to be empty today. He's a good horse and he keeps moving forward. I don't want to get ahead of myself. but Dortmund is another one who we don't yet know how good he is. We're got a one-two punch and that's a good position to be in."

Victor Espinoza: “The way this horse runs is unbelievable. I don’t feel like he’s running that fast and then I look back and he’s so far ahead. He was doing it by himself and doing it easy. I’m excited. It’s the first time I’ve gone into it in back to back years with horses like this. I think I’m even more excited this year. Bob and I go way back. He’s always been a help to me.”

Ahmed Zayat: "I don't know if words can describe what I'm feeling. I am on vacation with my family (in Mexico), and we watched on TV, and we were were all jumping up and down and screaming. I know that he is a very talented and very fast horse, but today he showed us a different dimension. This horse can do anything. He's brilliant."

April 12 NOTE: Reactions at Santa Anita to American Pharoah's win. (1) Jerry Hollendorfer: “Words can’t describe it.” (2) “I liked the way he shut it down," trainer Baffert said. "We thought he might be able to do that, but you don’t know until you actually do it in a race, because the adrenalin’s going through and everything else. He got bumped leaving there a bit, and sometimes that gets them all charged up. But he was just so professional. I couldn’t have been happier the way it turned out. He got some things his own way, but it was good he showed he was not one dimensional; that’s a big plus.”

April 12 NOTE: Jockey Espinoza said,“This was the first time I rode him that he was behind another horse, but I just went by him like he was standing still. Into the stretch, it didn’t feel like I was going that fast, and I was excited. I wanted to let him run a little, but I looked back and I was so far in front, I slowed him down a little bit. He did it all on his own, basically. Bob Baffert didn’t want me to win by that many lengths, but sometimes you can’t help it. I know it’s only three weeks until the Kentucky Derby, and you want to save as much as you can for that race. But with a horse like him, he does things so easy, it was all I could do.”

April 16 NOTE: Jockey Espinoza said, “No, not (any doubt American Pharoah can get 1 1/4 mile). He galloped out very strong in both races and in the last one, I was trying to pull him up and go easy with him, but he was pretty tough. He was full of himself and so the outrider helped me out. I have had all the confidence in him since the first time I rode him at Del Mar. The way he won that day, I just said ‘Wow, he’s an amazing horse.’ I’m more mature now (than I was on War Emblem in 2002). I’m not afraid to make quick decisions during races. I have more confidence now, and in my early years, I would think twice....  Post position is important for everybody....  We’ll just hope for the best.... Everyone scares me. Dortmund, Carpe Diem and a couple others. I see Dortmund every day, and he’s doing really good.”

April 18 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said of American Pharoah: “He’ll breeze once there (at Churchill Downs).... He looks good so far. He hasn’t regressed, either.”

April 20 NOTE: American Pharoah jogged back to the starting gate at the head of the stretch and then galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez after the renovation break.

April 21 NOTE: With trainer Bob Baffert looking on, American Pharoah galloped 1 1/2 mile after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up. Soon after the morning activity was completed, Baffert was headed to the airport to return to his Santa Anita base.

April 22 NOTE: American Pharoah galloped 1 1/2 mile after the renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez aboard for trainer. American Pharoah is scheduled to work Sunday.

April 23 NOTE: American Pharoah stood in the starting gate and galloped 1 1/2 mile under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez during the 8:30-8:45 window reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. American Pharoah is scheduled to work Sunday. Two-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza will have the mount.

April 24 NOTE: Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah galloped 1 1/2 mile under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez after the morning renovation break. The Pioneerof the Nile colt remains scheduled to work Sunday morning.

April 25 NOTE: Shortly after Dortmund completed a work in California, trainer Baffert caught a flight to Louisville. His other Derby contender, American Pharoah is scheduled to breeze Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, but the work could be moved to Monday if the track isn’t rated fast.
With rain in the Louisville forecast on Saturday morning, assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes called an audible and sent American Pharoah to the track at 5:45 rather than wait for the time reserved for Derby and Oaks horses at 8:30. The Arkansas Derby winner galloped 1 ½ mile for exercise rider Jorge Alvarez. “The track was perfect. The weather was good,” Barnes said. “I’d rather just get him out on a good race track and be done with it.”

April 26 NOTE: American Pharoah provided some heat on a cool morning at Churchill Downs Sunday with a bullet workout – the fastest of the day at the distance – covering five furlongs in :58.40 under Martin Garcia.

The Arkansas Derby winner, who is likely to be the betting favorite in the 141st Kentucky Derby, turned in split times of 11.40; 23, 34.60 and 46.40. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.40. It was American Pharoah’s first work since he won the Arkansas Derby by eight lengths on April 11.

“He’s where we want him to be,” trainer Baffert said. “He hasn’t regressed. He looks great. It was pretty exciting to come in here on a nice, cool day, so everything worked out From here on out we have to keep him happy.”

As he typically does, Baffert watched the workout from the grandstand side of the track so he could see the colt run down the stretch to the wire. With Baffert were owner Zayat and his son, Justin, the stable’s racing manager. Baffert was worried about the track conditions because of the rain overnight, but said the surface was in great shape.

Baffert liked what he saw on the track and did not give Garcia any instructions on the walkie talkie.

“He was just clipping along,” Baffert said. “Usually, I talk to him, but I just left him alone. He was doing it in hand, but that’s the way he works. Mr..Zayat was wondering if he was going too fast, but he hasn’t seen him. That’s how he works in California. He does things really effortlessly. He galloped out strong, came back and wasn’t blowing. He handled it well.”

Baffert said the toughest task in the week would be controlling the owner, an enthusiastic, outgoing man who has three Derby candidates with as many trainers. American Pharoah is the most accomplished of the trio and has won four straight by a total of 22 ¾ lengths since his disappointing debut at Del Mar last summer.

“He’s such a nice horse,” Baffert said. “I’m just fortunate that I would lucky enough that he sent him to me and I have him. I could have drawn the short stick and gotten another horse. I’m just happy that he’s given me this horse and has gotten me in this position.”

Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby three times – Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002) -- and drew laughter with his response to a question about how he would react to a fourth victory.

“It’s been so long I’ve forgotten,” he said. “That’s the past right there. It was so long ago it doesn’t matter. This horse is totally different than those other horses. Every horse is different. They have a different personality, a different style. He’s made differently. He moves differently than those other horses. He’s a very exciting horse. You’ve all just witnessed the way he trains. That’s been him. When he runs, he shows a dimension. He surprises me every time that I run him. I’m looking forward and hope everything goes well. But he still needs racing luck. You have to get a decent post, you need to break well and get the trip. A lot can happen, so I really don’t take anything for granted.”

Baffert noted that Zayat’s horses have been second in the Derby three times. He referenced the Seattle Seahawks’ loss on a play in the final seconds of the Super Bowl and said you cannot get ahead of yourself in these types of situations.

“I saw the Pete Carroll deal and what he had to go through. I’ve been there,” Baffert said. “Right now we just have to contain ourselves. It’s exciting to be here with two good horses, him and Dortmund. It’s going to be a long week and hopefully it will go quickly. He looks great today. Every day is a different day.”

Zayat said he wanted to look ahead and not spend much time reflecting on the runner-up finishes. “I want to focus on the positive, and there’s a lot,” he said. “I’m very proud of my horse, my horses – I have two others in the Derby. I’m very proud of my trainer. This is one different horse. I don’t how, other than the fact that we bred him. His daddy, Pioneerof the Nile ran in the Derby and almost got it done for us. His mommy, Littleprincessemma, named after my daughter, we raced her, we loved her. He is totally Zayat blood from A to Z. If you want to be in the Derby and you want to come with a horse that you feel would have a decent chance that would be the one. For that, it means a lot for us. It’s a privilege just to be here. It’s a humbling experience.”

April 27 NOTE: American Pharoah had an easy Monday morning the day after turning in a sizzling five-furlong workout in :58.40. The Arkansas Derby winner’s exercise consisted of walking the shedrow at trainer Baffert’s barn.

Owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat and his son, Justin, spent part of the morning doing interviews at Baffert’s barn before driving to the Lexington area to visit some of the family stable’s bloodstock. Justin serves as the stable’s racing manager and said the horses have brought him and his father closer together.

“It became a great bond for us,” he said. “We both found something of mutual interest that we bond over. All day we’re talking horses, me and him. Every single moment of the day we’re talking, we’re debating, we fight, we argue. But at the same time we kind of balance each other out and it causes us to make good business decisions at the end of the day.”

There is no question in the Zayat family about who is in charge and has the final say. “For sure, he’s my boss,” Justin said. “He’s my boss, my mentor, everything to me.”

April 28 NOTE: American Pharoah, breezed at Churchill Sunday, walked Monday and was sent out for what was supposed to be a leisurely jog.  American Pharoah was clearly interested in doing more than jog during his time on the track.

“He was a little fresh,” trainer Baffert said. “He had a walk day and anytime they walk one day they are a little fresh. He looks great. He looks fantastic. He looks really healthy. Their coats look great. It’s a matter of we need some racing luck.”

Baffert was in very good form, too. After his Derby stars returned from the track on the bright, cool morning as he talked with a gathering that included his owners, the breeder of Dortmund, Emilie Gerlinde Fojan, fans and the media. When an international journalist asked why the Kentucky Derby was so special, Baffert was ready.

“Well, it’s one of the few races where we actually have a blimp that day,” he said with a tiny grin. “We get 150,000 people here, there’s so much history and the Kentucky Derby is part of the American culture. It’s one of the top sporting events that we have. So to be part of that history is what makes it so exciting.”

April 29 NOTE: American Pharoah galloped 1 1/2 miles under Jorge Alvarez.

Post Position Reaction – Bob Baffert, trainer -- "It's OK. It's good. Anything but being down there. We talked about being on the outside. I feel like 20 would have been great for me. Out there at least you have a little bit of an option. He's fast. American Pharoah is fast.”  Victor Espinoza -- "I love my post, 18. I feel lucky with that number.”

April 30 NOTE: American Pharoah gallloped 1 1/2 mile. "(He) is pretty quiet and relaxed, pretty professional (in the paddock)," trainer Baffert said. "I don't know what was behind him in the Arkansas Derby. We know that Pharoah is a brilliant horse from what he did in California in the morning. (American Pharoah and Dortmund) are pretty close. It’s incredible. I’m so fortunate. Something just worked out. I believe in fate, and I believe that something really good is about to happen, or else it’s going to be disappointing. It’s something we just have to wait to see it happen. Destiny.”

Baffert said that he hasn’t seen either of his colts breathing hard or tired after training or a race. "We know Pharoah is brilliant from what he’s done. He gallops around there and he really hasn’t had to break a sweat. I just want to get them around there. Turning for home, I’d love to see them one-two. That’s what I’d love to see. Then see what they’re made of Maybe there is another horse. Maybe Carpe Diem is better than them. Or somebody else. You don’t know. That’s why we have this race. I just hope to get a clear shot, not too much traffic and it’s not disastrous. I’ve been here with disastrous trips.”

May 1 NOTE: American Pharoah galloped at 5:45 Friday morning, shortly after the track opened for training. From trainer Baffert’s perspective, the Derby will be won, or lost, in the moments after the gates open. “Our horses are not going to be coming from out of the clouds,” he said. “The break is going to be the key.

“You can’t manage (jockeys),” Baffert said. “If you have to manage the jockey then you’re running the wrong guy.” Victor Espinoza will be aboard American Pharoah, the morning-line favorite. They will leave from post 17. “He rides with a lot of confidence and he’s been here at the big dance,” Baffert said. “It’s up to him. I can’t really tell him anything.”

May 2, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile.  American Pharaoh won the Kentucky Derby by a length over a determined Firing Line. Timed in 2:03.02 for the mile and a quarter, American Pharoah broke well from post 18 and was third in the early running behind honest but reasonable fractions of 23.24, 47.34 and 1:11.29 set by the rail-skimming Dortmund. Firing Line was second through those splits. American Pharoah began his bid on the far turn as Firing Line was moving to even terms with Dortmund. Leaving the turn, Gary Stevens and Firing Line fanned American Pharoah wide, but Victor Espinoza went to work on the winner and they were in command by a head at the eighth pole.

The chart call: "AMERICAN PHAROAH advanced five wide outside rivals passing the wire the first time to gain a tracking position, edged closer continuing five wide past the five eighths pole, came to level terms a quarter mile out, battled outside FIRING LINE before poking a head in front in mid stretch, was brushed when that one came out in deep stretch then edged clear after a prolonged right handed drive."

Bob Baffert: “We were ready to rumble. Since their last works I was hearing how good they were and I was hoping it would come true. I felt very confident going in.”

Victor Espinoza: “I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth. He has been a special horse since the first time I rode him. He has a lot of talent and is an unbelievable horse. Turning for home I started riding a little harder. At the eighth pole, I just couldn’t put that other horse (Firing Line) away, but he got it done.”

May 3 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, “He was just born with that talent. He has that long stride. He’s quick. He’s got a really good mind. He just floats over the ground. He’s different, just the way he’s made. What we saw yesterday is that he’s not one-dimensional, which is so nice to have. I think with more racing he’s getting smarter. He wasn’t rank with Victor at all. So he can sit there and pounce, run by you and go a mile and a quarter. He is competitive. He wants to win. He knows he’s special.”

May 6 NOTE: Since the Derby, he's been walking the shedrow through today.

May 7 NOTE: Jogged around the track at Churchill Downs.

May 8 NOTE: American Pharoah galloped 1 3/16 mile at Churchill Downs. “Everything went very nice, and we did exactly what Bob told us to do,” said assistant trainer Jim Barnes. “When they walk for four days, they can get a little quiet. You get them back to the track, and they begin to wake up. We didn’t do much this morning. Normally we gallop a mile and a half, and I would imagine we would be back to that distance soon.”

May 8 NOTE: Jockey Espinoza said, “I think the Derby sets him up well for the Preakness; I think he needed that kind of race. He really only had two races for the Kentucky Derby since coming off a layoff, and they were so easy that the Derby was a challenge, but it was a good experience for his next race.”

May 9 NOTE: American Pharoah galloped 1 3/8 mile at Churchill Downs.

May 10 NOTE: American Pharoah jogged to the starting gate at the head of the stretch where he stood and then galloped 1 1/2 mile.

May 10 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, "I haven’t seen anything that would tell me American Pharoah has regressed. Both horses look good, so that means they were pretty fit. Going into the Derby, they were well-conditioned. You have to have good horses and they have to run their race, and they both ran their races and that’s a good sign. I’ve had a lot of success in the Preakness, because I’ve won it with really good horses. I’ve always gone in there and won with the best horse, but you still have to get the trip, the post, everything. You still have to be lucky. I really don’t think about it until after the draw. Then you start trying to figure out strategy. The break is still the most important part. Last year with Bayern, he just got completely eliminated at the start, so you can get eliminated, forget about what kind of horse you have. You never know how they’re going to run. When I got there with Silver Charm, I wasn’t sure how he was going to run, but I had just won the Derby, so I felt if he wins, fine, if he doesn’t, I still won the Derby. I feel good about our horses for the Preakness, but you still need to get around there.”

May 11 NOTE: “I was happy with both of them. It looks like they have kept the same energy level,” trainer Baffert said after the colts galloped 1 1/2 mile following the morning track renovation break. “American Pharoah floated over the ground and picked up his gallop the last half-mile. He wanted to do more. Dortmund got aggressive with Dana and galloped well. Coming out of a big race like the Derby, you don’t have to do too much. It is just a matter of keeping them at the same level. The good horses are easier to train. These two are used to running a lot, and coming back in two weeks is not a big concern with them.”

May 12 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, “American Pharoah, he is something to see out there. He just floats over the track. If it rains, we know American Pharoah loves the mud.”

May 13 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, “We wait for the draw and get a little tense. Once the draw starts, to me, that’s when it starts, once we have the draw and post positions. Right now this is the lull. This is sort of the last chance you can sort of chill and relax.”

Post Position Reaction: Trainer Baffert said, “I can’t believe I drew the 1-2 of all draws. I’m just glad I didn’t draw that for the Derby. Sometimes you’ve got to give a little. It’s a short field, eight horses. He still has to break well. If he’s the best horse, we’ll find out. (Despite the small field), I don’t like the inside. I never like the one hole. Sometimes they don’t break as well. He’s drawn the one hole before at Santa Anita (in the FrontRunner Stakes). When I was watching the draw and all these numbers were coming up, I go, ‘This is not looking good.’ It’s the luck of draw. We’re there. I don’t love it, but they’ll be easy to watch.”

May 14 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, "American Pharoah, as always, he just floats over the track. He looked very eager. I was really happy with the way they went over it. They looked healthy and bright, in top condition. There is no regressing there. It looks like they are coming up to another big race. I felt really good about it today. We didn’t like the draw. I just hate to see them next to each other like that. It’s something that you can’t change, so you just deal with it. I didn’t lose any sleep over it.

"It’s hard to really gauge the Derby. A lot of horses were struggling (in the Derby). I don’t really think Dortmund brought his A-game and Pharoah probably didn’t bring his Super-A game, but they look really good. It looked like they came out of the race really well. American Pharoah hadn’t had a hard race. That was a good, stiff, hard race for him and it looks like he handled it pretty well. He’s a very exciting horse to watch and the way he moves over the track, he just floats. Pharoah’ had to really work to get by (Firing Line). When (Espinoza) pushed the button he was stuck a little bit. It had me a little bit concerned coming to the quarter-pole. I thought maybe he wasn’t running, he was struggling a little bit, and still wasn’t really responding. He didn’t look like a tired horse. I don’t know if it was the crowd noise or what. A lot of it was that Firing Line was really running hard.

"It’s going to be interesting. What happens going into the first turn will determine everything.”

May 15 NOTE: Justin Zayat said, “(Mr. Z is) a speed horse. I know how tough he is. He can always hang around, but I’m worried about all the competition. We’ve got Firing Line to the outside and Dortmund right next to us. One is not the ideal post position to start from in this scenario, but we’ve got to deal with the cards that were dealt to us. We can’t change it now. For sure, I respect Mr. Z and I know Mr. Z is not a horse who has got cheap speed. He really hangs and fights with you until the end. He can definitely do it to Pharoah. For sure, that’s definitely a concern of mine.”

Regarding American Pharoah: “He’s a horse that is brilliantly fast. He has the talent to do it,” Zayat said. “We just have to pray for a clean break and a clean trip. He definitely can do it. He’s still in this race to win it.”

May 16, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. On a sloppy track, American Pharoah led through fractions of :22.90, :46.49 and 1:11.42 while being hounded by Mr. Z. Mr. Z began to fade in the far turn. At that point, Dortmund and Divining Rod challenged the winner, but they were easily repelled, and American Pharoah romped home a seven-length winner under a hand ride.American Pharoah was timed in 1:58.46 for the 1 3/16 mile, making it the slowest Preakness since 1956, when Fabius got the win in 1:58 2/5.

Bob Baffert: “What a day for Baltimore. They really needed this after all they’ve been through. I’m really happy for them. I just love coming here. He’s just an amazing horse. Everyone talks about the greatness and it’s just starting to show now. To me, they have to prove it. Today the way he did it, he just ran so fast. Iit was like poetry in motion."

Victor Espinoza: “I was freezing. I was just so wet. It worked out well. I had to bounce out of the gate to take the lead with all the rain. All changed with the rain, but it worked out well I took a chance and sent him as quick as I can. Sometimes you have to make decisions. That's my job. Today, I made the right decision. I hope the third one is the charm.”

The chart call: "AMERICAN PHAROAH was shoved to the lead soon after the break, set the pace removed from the rail, turned back challengers entering the far turn, responded when asked for run in upper stretch, drifted out slightly leaving the eighth pole and eagerly increased his advantage while hand ridden and shown the whip."

May 18 NOTE: American Pharoah was given a 102 Beyer Speed Figure for the Preakness. Must have been difficult to assign a figure, given that the track was nothing like it was during preceding races on dirt.

May 21 NOTE: American Pharoah jogged once around the track at Churchill Downs. Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said, "He looked very good, I couldn't be happier/His energy level is good. We'll go to the track tomorrow and Bob will tell me what he wants to do," Barnes said. "If he says jog him another day, we'll jog him another day. If he says gallop, then we'll gallop. Bottom line, he is in charge; I'm just the caretaker of the horse."

May 22 NOTE: American Pharoah galloped a little over a mile this morning at Churchill Downs for the first time since the Preakess. He jogged yesterday. Marty McGree reported at DRF Live that is was routine. Alicia Hughes from the Lexington Herald-Leader quotes Jorge Alvarez saying, "Went nice, didn't seem like he was tired at all. Pretty much feels the same (as he did after the Derby)."

May 23 NOTE: Assistant trainer Barnes said, "He hasn't decided whether he will have one or two workouts. He should be letting me know soon. He'll fly in Monday evening and will be in on Tuesday morning and I'm sure that's when he will start deciding. These are just our easy days, so we're basically just keeping him happy and keeping some weight on him. We don't get serious until another week or so."

May 24 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, “I know everybody right now is sharpening their knives getting ready,” Baffert said.“You can get them ready but you really don’t know until you run them. When they hit the backside, then you know if they’re running well or not. After the first quarter, Victor will know if it’s the same horse he’s been riding.”

May 25 NOTE: With his neck arched, American Pharoah galloped about 1 1/4 mile on a sloppy/sealed track at Churchill Downs. He had the track to himself during the time reserved for Belmont Stakes horses. It was a leisurely gallop. He picked it up at the end and had a little neck sweat as he exited the track. His coat looks great. He may work tomorrow. According to the Santa Anita press office, Martin Garcia, who's worked American Pharoah before, is taking off seven mounts today to fly to Louisville. Trainer Baffert is set to arrive in Louisville tonight.

May 25 NOTE: "He went great," exercise rider Alvarez said. "He loves the slop." Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said, "He went very nice and looked good. He likes an off track. Everything seems fine."

May 25 NOTE: California clocker Gary Young said, “This is going to be Pharoah’s fourth race in eight weeks and it’s going to be a mile and a half. If they’re ever going to beat him, it’s going to be this race. I think he’s the best horse in this crop by more than a little bit, and I think he’s the best horse I’ve seen in a while. Obviously, I’ve been on record as saying that. Looking at the race, he’s going to be in front. The big question is which one of the main contenders is going to be the first one to go after him? Do you want to be the first one to take him on? You’d rather be the second or third after someone else has softened him up. There have been 13 horses that have attempted to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, and there were people in the business who questioned whether they were worthy of winning it.  As far as talent, I don’t think anyone really questions whether American Pharoah is worthy of being a Triple Crown winner. Is he going to do it? I happen to think he will. I acknowledge that four races in eight weeks is not an easy thing, and a mile and a half has become an antiquated distance on the main track, but if he breaks and makes the lead and relaxes like I think he will, when they go after him and try to tackle him at the half-mile pole, they better be tied on.”

May 26 NOTE: American Pharoah got a four furlong move in :48.00, breezing, with internal splits of :24.00 and 35.80. He galloped out five furlongs in 100.40 and six in 113.20 as Martin Garcia verbally urged him to pull up.Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated tweeted that he was standing beside Baffert, who said, "Wow. Beautiful. If we can keep him like this, we've got a great chance." He was  "moving like his fluid self," said the trainer. According to a tweet from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Garcia said after the workout, "He's not going to get beat, he's going to win."

May 26 NOTE: Jockey Garcia also said after today's workout, “I’m really happy with what he did. He came back like nothing. He loves to run. He’s getting more mature and I think right now he’s starting to realize what’s going on and he likes it. The way he’s been running and the things he has done, he’s done very easily and I think he’s going to make it. Before, he was green and he really didn’t know what was going on. He’s starting to realize what is now. He’s learning really well.”

Trainer Baffert also said, “I really like the way he went today. He showed like he had a lot of energy. When he hit the track I was on the radio talking to Martin, and he really liked the way he felt and he just took off going really easily. I told Martin to just let him keep going. I really liked the way he went. We’re just going to stay focused, keep the weight on him and keep him happy like the way he looks today. Next week, we’ll do sort of the same thing with him – just cruise him around real easily, ship to New York and we won’t do much with him up there.”

May 27 NOTE: American Pharaoh walked the shed row in Barn 33.  “Everything looked very good this morning,” said assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, who also said American Pharoah will return to the track Thursday at 8:30 a.m. for a clockwise jog.

May 28 NOTE: American Pharoah jogged one mile at Churchill Downs with his neck bowed and looked well. He's set to gallop Friday and breeze again on Sunday or Monday.

May 29 NOTE: American Pharoah jogged a short distance, stood in the gate, galloped 7/8 of a mile and jogged back to his point of entry. He looks well at Churchill Downs.

May 30 NOTE: American Pharoah's gallop today was much more ambitious than Friday's. He went a strong 1 1/2 mile, looking like he wanted to do more, on a picture-perfect, sunny morning at Churchill Downs. Looking to see him put in his final workout for the Belmont Stakes tomorrow.

May 30 NOTE: Here's a nugget. Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said today on Capitol OTB TV that American Pharoah weighed 1,178 lbs before the Kentucky Derby and weighed 1,186 recently. "It was another good day," said exercise rider Jorge Alvarez. "He was a little more aggressive this morning and wanted to do more, but I just kept doing my thing. I'm feeling more excited than nervous. We just feel that we have the right horse and he's doing well. We're all staying positive." Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said, "We're back to our normal training routine, and he looked good again. We feel no nerves; we're just doing our job. We get more anxious the closer to the race, but there's a difference between anxious and nervous."

May 31 NOTE: With trainer Bob Baffert on hand, American Pharoah galloped an easy 1 1/2 mile with his ears pricked. He's expected to breeze Monday morning during the 8:30 time reserved for the two Belmont Stakes contenders.

May 31 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, "He looks very healthy and he's happy; he looks like he's getting ready to work. He knows that he's getting close to a work so it's getting pretty tough on him. When he hit the quarter pole, he said he wanted to take off, so he'll breeze at 8:30 during the break. We'll probably leave at the half-mile pole sort of like we did last week, and that should be it for him. I didn't want to wait two weeks to work him because after the Arkansas Derby when I worked him, he was a little too fresh. He was going faster than we wanted him to. This last week, he was more controllable, which is where we want him a little bit. We don't want him to go too fast early; we want him to get into that nice, fast cruising stride that he has. When he gets his ears forward and he's enjoying it and springing around there like a big kangaroo, we want to see that."

May 31 NOTE: The schedule as of today -- On Tuesday, American Pharoah's plane will depart from Louisville at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at Islip at 12:45 p.m. American Pharoah is anticipated to arrive at Belmont Park as early as 1:45 p.m. or as late as 3:00 p.m. He will be vanned immediately to Barn 1.

June 1 NOTE: Despite a drizzling rain, the track was in great shape for today's workout. As trainer Baffert watched, American Pharoah broke off and, after throwing his head up a couple of times, quickly got down to business. Under Martin Garcia, American Pharoah registered five furlongs in 1:00.20, breezing, and then galloped out another three furlongs plus. According to Churchill Downs clockers, his splits were 13.00, 25.00, 36.60 and 48.60. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.00, seven in 1:26.00 and a mile in 1:39.60. It was a good, solid workout. On Tuesday morning, American Pharoah will have a walk day and be vanned to Louisville International Airport for his flight to New York.

June 1 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, “Everything went really well today. I was worried about the rain a little bit, but the track was in perfect shape. He went around there really nice and it sort of let up a little bit when he worked so it went just as we thought. He just kept on clicking right along and so now we just play the waiting game. This morning I saw the rain and the track was really dry this morning, so I think the rain, just enough moisture in it to make it have some bounce to it. But the track was in excellent condition. I slept pretty well last night. I didn’t think it was going to rain today and then I woke up went ‘Whoa, where did that come from?’ But had I known it was storming that night I probably would have had a hard time. I didn’t want to work on a sealed track.”

June 2 NOTE: Walk the shedrow and fly to New York. Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said, "He looked very good this morning; we're loaded, packed and ready to go. My mind right now is focusing on getting a safe trip to New York and what kind of post position we'll draw and all that. But other than that it's just anxiousness. You just want to run the race. We've done everything we can do on our part, except for getting a safe trip to New York and getting through the paddock and then it will be all up to Victor."

June 3 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, "I've always liked the five, I've had luck with that number. We're just going to get him ready, and if he's great, he'll get it done. He's an exciting horse to watch. He's an exciting horse for me to train." On American Pharoah's job this morning: on American Pharoah's first jog at Belmont Wednesday morning: "He went the wrong way, so he didn't really learn a lot." Regarding the trophy: “Is that thing 37 years old? I’ve always wondered about that. It looks like it’s in great shape."

Jockey Espinoza said, "I'm very happy with the draw. #5 is a very good number. I've come here twice. I feel lucky this year. Third time's the charm. American Pharoah is always special."

Ahmed Zayat said, "I think he's a special horse. He's the best moving horse I've ever seen. It's going to be a rider's race, and I'm confident we are coming in the best we could. We'll race him as long as he remains healthy, happy and we can do it."

Justin Zayat said, "We're just happy to be back. We're really blessed to make it here with American Pharoah. We're just enjoying the ride."

June 3 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, "He took him out to the three-eights, or the half mile pole and he was so strong when he got onto the track he was just marching right along. He was really full of himself so I called an audible on the radio with Jimmy (Barnes, assistant trainer) because he was pretty strong so we let him jog all the way around," Baffert said. "It was better off that way. Otherwise he would have wanted to gallop and get too tough down the stretch. He looked happy out there and that's the whole key. Keep them happy. On his first day back he wants to do a little bit more and he kicked back all day yesterday. I just love the way how when he got on the track he was marching along like that, and that's a good sign we wanted to see."

June 4 NOTE: American Pharaoh galloped 1 1/2 mile today and by accounts appears to like track.

June 4 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, "It was his first trip around there and we jogged straight off and he started galloping about the seven-eighths pole. I really couldn't see anything down the backside because it's so big around there, but when he finally came down the stretch he was moving so fluid, just like he usually does. It was a very positive gallop. He looks like he's just moving along like he's always moved along. It was very comforting to see that. You can tell he still has his energy. It's still there. So far, from everything he's seen he still has his energy. He's holding his form really well. We look at their body language and he looks bright. His eyes, his ears, look good. When we put the saddle on him and brought him out and gave him a couple of rounds around the barn, you could tell he's happy and enjoying what he does."

June 5 NOTE: American Pharoah galloped 1 5/8 mile and continued to impress onlookers. He will walk the shedrow on race day. Trainer Baffert said, "Today's morning gallop was the last hurdle. It was a strong gallop and he floated over the track. He looks the same as he did out on the track before the Derby and the Preakness. He looked like a monster out there. I am really happy with the way he went. He's still sharp. He's the best horse I've trained, and he's my best hope for the Triple Crown.He was the champion last year and this year he has gone on and shown himself to be a superior horse. He has performed brilliantly."

June 6, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. American Pharoah broke well and cruised through the first quarter-mile in 24.06 and the half in 48.83. Materialty pursued a length to a length-and-a-half back. Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah remained in a controlled gait as they notched six furlongs in 1:13.41. Materiality was still second by 1 1/2 length while Mubtaahij and Keen Ice vied for third with the field midway through the backstretch. On the far turn, Espinoza rode with confidence, sitting chilly while Frosted, fifth entering the turn, loomed boldly. At the top of the stretch, Frosted was within a length of American Pharoah, and Materiality was starting to drop back. Espinoza asked for more, he got it. American Pharoah drew away to prevail by 5 1/2 lengths. Frosted finished second, and Keen Ice, two more lengths back, edged Mubtaahij for third by a neck with a late rush to the wire.

The final time of 2:26.65 was the fastest in the Belmont Stakes since Point Given won the 2001 edition in 2:26.56. It was the sixth fastest Belmont Stakes in history and the second fastest time for a Triple Crown winner. American Pharoah was sent off at 3-4 odds and returned $3.50 to win.

The chart call: "American Pharoah broke on top after coming away in good order, quickly shook free, was glided over to the rail before reaching the beginning of the clubhouse turn, rated kindly setting the splits on a loosely-contested lead, began to edge away from the closest pursuers approaching the quarter pole, settled into the upper stretch and was given his cue, responded and drew well clear to cap off the first Triple Crown in thirty seven years."

Bob Baffert: "It's very emotional. I'm thinking about my parents, I wish they were alive to see this. I was hoping it would happen. I didn't know how good it was going to feel. Now I know. They were with me today. I was talking to them the whole race. Down the backside, he was in his groove, and I knew that if he's a great horse, he's going to do it. He's just a great horse. It takes a great horse to do it.  I just feel like I have a very special horse, and he's the one that won. It wasn't me, it was the horse."

Victor Espinoza: "Wow, wow, I only can tell you. It's just an amazing thing. It's just unbelievable how things work out. It's just an amazing horse like American Pharoah. I was coming to this race with so much confidence the last two times. It's just unbelievable. I feel great, and in the jock's room I drank some Monster and then I feel so good and I said 'I hope American Pharoah feels like me!' And he did. He's just an amazing horse. In the first turn. He broke a little step slowly, but in two jumps I was just right on the lead. That's right where I want to be, a length in front of everybody and just steady, steady all the way around. I tell you, I had the best feeling ever when he crossed the first turn."


On Sept. 3 in his second start, American Pharoah won the Del Mar Futurity. He was sent to the lead by Victor Espinoza and completed the seven furlong in 1:21.48 while winning by 4 3/4 lengths, about a half-second off the track record set by Goldencents in August.

Bob Baffert: "He was one of my best 2-year-olds coming down to Del Mar. But in his first race he acted up in the post parade, was really a mess and then ran poorly. After that my wife Jill looked at me and said 'That's one of your best 2-year-olds? It's going to be a long summer.' We took the blinkers off, put cotton in his ears and schooled him a lot. He trained well, we decided he was ready and we put him in there. Today, he behaved himself and showed what he could do. He did what we thought he'd do the first time."

Victor Espinoza: "Bob called me this morning and said 'Whatever you do, put him on the lead/ He broke a little slow, but I encouraged him and he made the front. Once he made the lead, I could feel he has that high cruising speed. He's a nice horse. He looks like a nice horse and he feels like one. He could be a good one."

After easily winning the FrontRunner Stakes in a professional manner on the front end with reasonable fractions:

Bob Baffert: “I can’t believe his demeanor, how he’s changed since his first out. He’s so professional. He’s really mentally there. It showed in the way he worked the other day. Steiner worked him and I asked him if he’s worked a horse like this in a while. He used to work all my horses. He said it reminded him of the good ol’ days. The horse just has that extra ‘something.’ What a performance. You’re always hoping for that but you never know what it’s going to be. I was in shock after his first out, and it’s a lot of work by the entire team and it really showed today.

“The second you see them coming around the far turn, the first thing you think is can he go two turns? Right away that’s what you think and when he opened him up and pulled away I knew he can go two turns. He’s different from Pioneerof the Nile. Pioneer took a while to relax. This horse has a lot of brilliance. What I’m noticing is that he’s putting brilliance into his offspring. I think he gets it from his mother who was brilliant (Star of Goshen), I think it’s from her. He doesn’t look like an Empire Maker, either. There’s something there that is making him an unbelievable sire.”

Victor Espinoza: “All the way he was on a high cruising speed. He has such a long stride. He moves really nice and is light on his feet. When (Calculator) got close to me, I encouraged my horse a little. He’s young so I want to teach him that when he hits the stretch it’s time to go. I did, and he moved three or four lengths in front. He’s one of the best 2-year-olds right now.”

Oct. 28 NOTE: American Pharoah was withdrawn from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Trainer Baffert said the colt was a little off after a workout. Diagnostic testing didn't reveal anything, leading Baffert to think a foot bruise is the culprit. Later on, a diagnosis would be revealed.

Bob Baffert: "He's getting better day to day but he's too valuable and we don't want to risk it. Mr. Zayat didn't want to risk it. I've had horses withdrawn before races but this one has to be the most disappointing. We all saw how he was training and he's something special; I haven't had a colt like this in a long time.

"I think he's going to be OK, and he is getting better already, but it's a tough pill to swallow. I've never had a bad day with this horse. It's not soft tissue, it's not bone, but there's something there so we'll just have to deal with it with some more diagnostic evaluation."  

Dec. 18 NOTE: Bob Baffert said American Pharoah is undergoing massage treatment at his Santa Anita barn and is expected to resume training in January. The son of Pioneerof the Nile was scratched four days before the Juvenile due to a deep bruise in his left front leg.



Trainer: Nick Zito
Owner: Mossarosa
Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Oliver S. Tait
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Midshipman (Unbridled's Song, Fleet Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Ginger Bay (Golden Missile, Prior Park)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-6-8-0-0 (18) 3.50
Foal Date: April 14, 2012

$50,000 Keeneland November 2012.
$85,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2013.
$260,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2014.

On Jan. 3, Frammento breezed five in 1.02:60 (18/24) at PMM.
On Jan. 15, Frammento breezed four in 48:00 (2/33) at PMM.
On Feb. 2, Frammento breezed four in 49:30 (8/27) at PMM.
On Feb. 13, Frammento breezed four in 47:75 (1/6) at PMM.
On March 7, Frammento breezed four in 49:85 (30/43) at PMM.
On March 19, Frammento breezed four in 47:90 (1/31) at PMM.
On March 28, Frammento breezed four in 48:40 (4/24) at PMM.
On April 16, Frammento breezed four in 51:20 (36/36) at KEE.
On April 24, Frammento breezed four in 48.00 (4/57) at KEE.
On May 14, Frammento breezed four on the training track in 36.80 (1/5) at SAR.
On May 23, Frammento breezed four on the training track in 49.30 (11/50) at SAR.
On May 30, Frammento breezed four on the training track in 48.15 (1/60) at SAR.


Jan. 20 NOTE: Trainer Zito said on Jan. 19: “I thought he ran a good race (in December), especially after the other horse came back to win the Mucho Macho Man. That’s all we were looking for – something good. The track was lightning fast that day, and the other horse showed what kind of horse he was in his next race.”

Jan. 24, Grade II Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. At odds of 21-1, Frammento finished sixth, beaten 18 3/4 lengths by Upstart. He was ninth, eighth and seventh at the first three calls.

Feb. 21, Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Frammento was a late-running third at huge odds, but he never challenged the top two finishers. Itsaknockout won via DQ when Upstart was moved down to second. Itsaknockout broke well and tracked the pace as Bluegrass Singer showed the way around the first turn and onto the backstretch, pressed by Frosted. Upstart pulled alongside Itsaknockout in mid-backstretch and took off after the leaders entering the far turn. Itsaknockout didn't move on until he was no longer between horses. Leaving the far turn, Frosted appeared on his way to victory, only to suddenly shorten stride. Upstart caught up quickly and was bumped by the tiring 7-2 second choice, then he got out and interfered with Itsaknockout. Frosted was edged by Frammento at the wire. The race was timed in 1:46.28 on a day when the main track wasn't producing fast times.

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Zito said, “A horse like this is on the peculiar side in that he's not that easy to train. Obviously he's got to run in one big race, if you have any aspirations for the Kentucky Derby, which we have. So, I'll just sit down with Mossarosa and talk to them and think a plan up. Right now, nothing is permanent. He's run twice at Gulfstream, so we'll see. I was ecstatic, obviously. It's nice, especially for the horse. We knew he had the talent. Handicapping is a big thing. Red-boarding is a big thing. To me, you have to put a line through his last race. People might say, ‘Why do you put a line through the last race?’ Well, the first turn, he clipped heels a little bit and he kind of was out of the race, and it's just one of those things. So that's why you put a line through it. But if you look at the race before, his first race at Gulfstream, he ran second to a hot horse at the time in Bluegrass Singer.”

April 4, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Ocho Ocho Ocho shot from post 1 to the lead as promised, but Carpe Diem hounded him every step of the way to the top of the stretch and then drew away to win in 1:49.77 under John Velazquez. Carpe Diem was three lengths better than the late-running Danzig Moon. Ocho Ocho Ocho hung on for third, another 2 1/2 lengths back and 1 3/4 lengths better than fourth finisher Frammento. Classy Class was fifth, followed by Gorgeous Bird, Unrivaled and Pepper Roani. Ocho Ocho Ocho set fractions of :24.15, :48.05 and 1:12.18, but at the furlong marker, Carpe Diem led the pacesetter by 3 1/2 lengths, with Danzig Moon poised to gain second.

The chart call: "Frammento was back early off the rail, stayed off the rail in the far turn and moved up in the stretch run."

Gary Stevens: “He broke well, but then he kind of came off the bridle and I was having to niggle at him to keep him in the race the whole way. He lengthened his stride at the three-eighths pole and he came home strong, but he just had too much to make up. We needed to run at least second to get points to get in the Derby, so I’m disappointed for (Nick Zito), but not disappointed in the horse. He’s a nice little horse. He's got a lot of room to grow.”

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Zito said, “He would have easily been second or third if he had gotten to the outside in the stretch where he would have exploded. He is a true mile and a quarter horse. We’ll run if we can get in. We’ll see what happens. He loves it here, and we will stay here until we know. It doesn’t matter when we go over there because he ran on it and trained on it last fall.”

April 16 NOTE: Trainer Zito said of today's workout by Frammento (:51.20 under Sophie Doyle, first three furlongs in :38.60 -- Frammento is 23d on the Derby points leaderboard as of this post): “I just want to keep things easy. Judging by all the calls I am getting from (jockey) agents, I think we are going to get in. If, say, by next Saturday the 25th it doesn’t look like he will make it, we will go straight to the Preakness and then to the Belmont. He is a true distance horse. After the Blue Grass, Gary (Stevens) assured me this was a top horse. I put Sophie on him today because she reminds me a lot of Max (Maxine Correa), who works a lot of my horses. Juan (Bernardini) gets on him every morning and I just wanted to do a little something different today.”

April 23 NOTE: Trainer Zito is watching the weather because Frammento is set to work Saturday morning. Zito said he might move the move to Friday.

April 24 NOTE: Trainer Zito said of today's workout, “It was very professional, very even. That’s what you want. He’s a true mile and a quarter horse. If he gets in there, he’ll do some damage going a mile and a quarter.” Frammento would ship to Churchill next Tuesday. If the colt does not run in the Derby, Zito said his next targets would be the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

April 25 NOTE: Frammento walked the shedrow at Keeneland a day after working a half-mile in company with the 3-year-old maiden Heliodoro. “He’s very good this morning; came out of the work well,” two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Zito said. “I am glad we worked yesterday because it started raining here about 7:20 and it was a cold rain.”

Frammento needs one defection from horses under consideration for Derby 141 by entry time Wednesday to make it into the gate. “I don’t want to be on the also-eligibles,” Zito said. “He’s a true mile and a quarter horse and I hope he can get in.”

April 26 NOTE: Frammento galloped Sunday morning at Keeneland with exercise rider Juan Bernardini aboard for trainer Zito.

The fourth-place finisher in the Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, Frammento needs one defection from horses under consideration for Derby 141 by entry time Wednesday to make the 20-horse starting gate.

“I need one scratch,” Zito said. “It would be sad if he doesn’t get in. He is ready to go a mile and a quarter.

April 27 NOTE: Frammento galloped Monday morning at Keeneland under exercise rider Juan Bernardini for trainer Zito. Standing 21st on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, Frammento will need one defection before entry time Wednesday of horses under consideration for the race to make the field. Zito plans to have Frammento train at Keeneland tomorrow morning and then ship to Churchill Downs later in the day.

April 28 NOTE: Frammento galloped Tuesday morning at Keeneland under exercise rider Juan Bernardini. When Frammento gets to Churchill, he will be housed in Barn 42, at the end of the shedrow that Zito is familiar with. “We are leaving here about noon and should be there around 2,” trainer Zito said of the fourth-place finisher in the Blue Grass Stakes. Frammento needs two defections from horses under consideration for the Derby by entry time Wednesday to make the field.

April 29 NOTE: Frammento galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Juan Bernardini for trainer Nick Zito after the renovation break. Frammento, who will be the first also-eligible when post positions are drawn, would be ridden by Corey Nakatani if he gets in the race.

April 30 NOTE: Frammento galloped 1 ½ mile after the morning renovation break under exercise rider Juan Bernardini for trainer Zito. Zito needed one defection by scratch time at 9 a.m. Friday to get a shot at a third Derby victory. He got that defection Thursday afternoon when the connections of Stanford opted to pass on the Derby.

“I got the call from the racing office this afternoon,” Zito said. “We are all excited. We made it. Everybody is happy. He has been training great. I know we will have to break from the 20, but that is a lot better than post zero! It has been frustrating, because he is a true distance horse,” said Zito, who has won the Derby with Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go for Gin in 1994.

Had Frammento finished third in the Blue Grass Stakes instead of fourth, he would have picked up 10 more qualifying points toward the Derby and been the 20th top point earner entered in the race.

May 1 NOTE: Frammento galloped 1 ¼ miles under exercise rider Juan Bernardini at 7:30 Friday morning.  Eoghan Conlon, assistant to trainer Zito, said the fourth-place finisher in the Blue Grass Stakes would go to the track in the morning.  Corey Nakatani will have the mount on Frammento, who was stabled at Churchill last fall and finished fourth in a two-turn allowance race after breaking his maiden at Keeneland. That experience here was a reason that Zito kept the colt at Keeneland until Frammento’s Tuesday afternoon arrival here.

Zito is seeking his third Derby victory. His first came in 1991 with Strike the Gold, who won the Blue Grass Stakes before taking the Derby. Three years later Go for Gin came off a runner-up effort in the Wood Memorial (GI) to win the roses.

May 2, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Frammento finished 11th, beaten 12 lengths by American Pharoah and a time of 2:03.02. The chart call: "FRAMMENTO lagged well off the early pace, made a bit of headway seven wide into the stretch, was bumped by KEEN ICE in deep stretch and failed to threaten.

Nick Zito, trainer of Frammento, 11th – “I thought he tried as hard as he could. He kind of made a big move around the turn and we all got excited. Keen Ice kind of knocked into him and he lost his momentum for a bit. Then he ran even after that. When they run that slow up front, it’s hard for a closer, especially against a good horse like American Pharoah. It’s hard to close. He looks like a Belmont horse. He’ll run all day.”

Corey Nakatani: “Considering the pace scenario, our intention was to get momentum from the half-mile pole and get him in the clear. Unfortunately the pace wasn’t fast enough to close.”

May 21 NOTE: Mike Smith named to ride.

May 23 NOTE: Frammento's breeze today in 49.30 had splits of 12.30 and 24.26, and he galloped out five furlongs in a slow 1:03.99 per a report at DRF Live.

May 23 NOTE: Trainer Zito said, "He worked great. We're happy with it. He galloped out nicely. Everything went good. He has been developing nicely. I'm excited about going to the Belmont; it's nice to have another chance. We always have a good Belmont. Our horses always run good in the Belmont. That's what you hope happens. Hopefully, we'll be OK. He didn't get the best of trips (in the Derby). He got bumped around at the start. He was doing OK in the race until another horse knocked him off stride, although, my horse still kept running."

May 30 NOTE: Frammento breezed four furlongs at Oklahoma today. A fellow named Dave Norton reported to DRF that Frammento broke off three back from workmate Hard Scuffle, was on even terms at the quarter-pole and was well clear down the stretch. Hard Scuffle didn't provide much of a challenge since he allowed Frammento to gain three lengths on him in only a quarter-mile, and then it was reported that Hard Scuffle only worked three furlongs in 36.80. As of 2:25 p.m. ET, Frammento's workout still was not reported at Equibase.

May 30 NOTE: "He looked great," trainer Zito said. "They got him in 12, 24, 48 - you can't beat that. I even got him a little quicker, but that was OK. I'm happy. It was good. Last Saturday when he worked, he just kept going. (Exercise rider Maxine Correa) does a good job on him. He went pretty darn good last weekend, and this is what we wanted him to do today, just sharpen him up a little bit. He's over-ready.Everything is good. He's developed nice, he's held his flesh and he's held himself. He's doing everything right." Correa said, "He felt great. He started off real cool and relaxed and he picked it up at the quarter pole and flew home. He galloped out beautiful and finished up strong. He started off just behind a horse and stayed a little wide. He was happy to stay behind the horse until the quarter pole and as soon as I asked him to go, he kicked on. It was really good. In the times I've breezed him, sometimes with company and sometimes without, he seems to have matured a lot over the winter and sort of got his head together, realizing what he's supposed to do. He's coming around nicely."

June 1 NOTE: Trainer Zito said, "We're trying to coordinate everything by the track with the weather. It's either got to be later Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. We'll figure it out. Everything is good. We're looking forward to getting down there. I've just always like the (Oklahoma) track (at Saratoga). I've said it for years; it's a good track and a good place to train. There's a lot to like about it. The main thing is he came out of the work good and he's happy. Hopefully we have a couple of good days down there and he'll do well."

June 2 NOTE: Trainer Zito shipped Frammento over from Saratoga Springs by van. Frammento is scheduled to train over Belmont's main track around 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

June 3 NOTE: Trainer Zito said, "I don't think the post matters too much to us because we're coming from behind, so hopefully we'll get a good trip and go from there. We'll be all right. We'll get a good position and we'll be fine. I'll talk to Mike (Smith) and leave it up to him. He'll definitely get the trip and hopefully he's good enough that day."

June 4 NOTE: Frammento galloped around Belmont's training track and schooled in the starting gate. Trainer Zito said, "He got in Tuesday afternoon and he's doing great. He galloped and I stood him in the gate and schooled him a little bit and he was fine. He looked beautiful. The other two (Da' Tara and Birdstone) I took to the training track so I figured, why not? Here's what I thought, just like I'm thinking now, knock wood. I said the same thing with the other two. If we hit the board, if we're second or something and hit the board, where do I sign? But, I also knew both horses had mile-and-a-half pedigrees, just like this horse. At the end of the day, that goes in my favor."

June 5 NOTE: Trainer Zito said, "I think the one thing that we're proud of is our Belmont record is good. This horse is a live longshot and I think he'll get a good piece; that's all you can ask for. If anything crazy happens, that's what you think. I'm in the race because I've got a mile-and-a half-horse. He's got the pedigree, and you can see how cool he is. He has improved a lot, that's why I'm feeling good about everything," he said. "You look at the form, and you get scared yourself. You see American Pharoah and you say, 'Who's going to beat this horse?' and there's other nice horses in there, too. They're all good horses."

June 6, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Frammento finished fifth, beaten 15 1/4 lengths. He was last the first half-mile and never threatened to hit the board.

The chart call: "Frammento cut over to the rail shortly after the start, lacked early speed, picked up interest when asked and moved into contention with a rail run on the far turn, came four wide into the stretch already set down to strong urging, made no headway."

Nick Zito: The direct quote isn't available, but the trainer said Mike Smith hit Frammento left-handed after they got to the stretch and that the colt responded by slowing down.


In his second start, Frammento broke his maiden at Keeneland on Oct. 4. for trainer Nick Zito. He won by a half-length and covered the 1 1/16 mile in 1:45.05, nearly a second faster than a similar group of maidens ran an hour before.

Oct. 6 NOTE: “He’s a horse that we’d like to bring back next spring for the Blue Grass,” trainer Zito said. “We know he likes the track.”

On Nov. 8 at Churchill Downs, Frammento finished fourth, beaten three lengths by Sky Hero, his first time facing winners. Flashaway and Jack Tripp ran two-three. Frammento again competed going 1 1/16 mile. The winner was timed in 1:45.91. Frammento was fourth or fifth of seven at each call, although he did gain about a length on the lead in the final furlong.

On Dec. 17 at Gulfstream Park, Frammento ran into Bluegrass Singer, who was super sharp, and finished second to him by 4 3/4 lengths. He was seventh of 10 early on, lost some ground on pacesetter Bluegrass Singer, then made up a couple of lengths when it was too late to impact the winner.



Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owner: Godolphin Racing LLC
Breeder: Darley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Fast Cookie (Deputy Minister (CAN), Fleet Lady)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-9-14-1-0 (30) 2.75
Foal Date: April 18, 2012


On Dec. 24, Frosted breezed four in 49.95 (25/47) at PMM.
On Dec. 31, Frosted breezed four in 48.30 (2/66) at PMM.
On Jan. 9, Frosted breezed five in 1.00:95 (1/6) at PMM.
On Jan. 17, Frosted breezed four in 48:10 (5/52) at PMM.
On Feb. 8, Frosted breezed four in 47:55 (1/63) at PMM.
On Feb. 15, Frosted breezed four in 48:75 (8/39) at PMM.
On March 6, Frosted breezed four in 48:45 (8/29) at PMM.
On March 13, Frosted breezed six in 1.11:65 (1/4) at PMM.
On March 20, Frosted breezed five in 59:85 (1/18) at PMM.
On March 29, Frosted breezed five in 1.00:45 (2/15) at PMM.
On April 16, Frosted breezed five in 1.01:35 (1/7) at PMM.
On April 25, Frosted breezed five in 1.01:10 (2/5) at PMM.
On May 15, Frosted breezed four furlongs in 47:64 (1/31) at BEL.
On May 22, Frosted breezed five in 1.01:45 (12/20) at BEL.
On May 29, Frosted breezed four in 47.84 (6/33) at BEL


Jan. 24, Grade II Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Upstart ran a professional race, winning under Jose Ortiz in 1:43.61. He attended the moderate pace set by Bluegrass Singer -- :24.52, :48.82 and 1:12.49 -- wrested the lead from that one turning for home and easily held off Frosted to win by 5 1/2 lengths. Frosted broke from post 1 and saved ground while stalking the pace; he finished 2 1/4 lengths ahead of the tailing-off Bluegrass Singer. Juan and Bina came from an early position in sixth to finish fourth, beaten 9 1/2 lengths by the winner.

Kiaran McLaughlin: “We were second-best today. The one hole wasn’t ideal. We thought it was good to save ground, but we were in a little tight and took some dirt. But, it was a good race. We were just second-best. Irad had to wait a little bit and figure out which way he was going to go, but you have to get educated as you go along this trail. The winner was impressive.”

Feb. 1 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, “Frosted is doing great; very well. The race shape and the one hole didn’t help us any (in the Holy Bull). It wasn’t terrible, but it just didn’t help us that day. Hopefully, we draw a little better next time. It seems like he’s always improving. He still has a little ways to go, but he’s doing great.”

Feb. 12 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, “We put some blinkers on him to work last week, and he worked very well. We’re going to work him back on Saturday or Sunday, maybe with blinkers and maybe not, but he will run with them. Irad and I had talked about it two races ago. In the Holy Bull when he hit him right-handed, he ducked over a path and a half or so. When he hit him left-handed he was OK. He just thought blinkers might not hurt us at all and might help him, so we worked him in them and he worked very well. We’re going to go ahead and try them.”

Feb. 16 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, “I think the winner was most impressive that day, and hopefully he doesn’t run as impressive this time and he drops back to us a length or two and we gain a length or two with the blinkers and a better post position. We think we have a good chance. We have a lot of respect for Upstart, but we just hope he doesn’t run such a monster race again. He’s improving all the time. We were second best in the Holy Bull and hopefully we’re not second best in the Fountain of Youth. Our horse is a big, strong horse and every race he seems to be getting better and better. He can handle the racing well, so we’re excited to bring him back over there.”

Feb. 21, Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Itsaknockout won via DQ when Upstart was moved down to second. Itsaknockout broke well and tracked the pace as Bluegrass Singer showed the way around the first turn and onto the backstretch, pressed by Frosted. Upstart pulled alongside Itsaknockout in mid-backstretch and took off after the leaders entering the far turn. Itsaknockout didn't move on until he was no longer between horses. Leaving the far turn, Frosted appeared on his way to victory, only to suddenly shorten stride. Upstart caught up quickly and was bumped by the tiring 7-2 second choice, then he got out and interfered with Itsaknockout. The race was timed in 1:46.28 on a day when the main track wasn't producing fast times.

Kiaran McLaughlin: “He looked like he just pulled himself up. He shortened stride on his own. We don’t know if it’s from hitting him or not. Irad’s not sure, but we thought we were a winner turning for home. He just pulled himself up when he got to the front. I think the blinkers helped for the most part, but not the last quarter. I don’t know what it was. We’ll have to go back to the drawing board, because he looked like a winner.”

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer McLaughlin said, “He looks great. We’re scratching our heads trying to figure it out. It looked like he was going to win easy, and he pulled himself up soon after making the lead. Physically, he’s fine. We just have to try to figure out what happened and why and what we’re going to do going forward. We’re not going to commit to where we’re going to run back or what we’re doing."

March 13 NOTE:  “We’re trying to eliminate some things that happened to him in the Fountain of Youth. We don’t know why he kind of pulled himself up or stopped. We put him behind horses today (in a workout) and we were very pleased with his work,” trainer McLaughlin said. “What we were happy to see was a very serious work and that he did it the right way.”

March 29 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, "We feel like we've accounted for every issue, and he has no excuse not to run his best race. We know he has talent; he has to show it on Saturday. The track was very tiring for the Fountain of Youth and was again yesterday (for the Florida Derby), so we're happy with our decision (to go to the Wood Memorial)."

April 4, Grade I Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/8 Mile. Frosted achieved redemption by running down 21-1 longshot Tencendur in the stretch to win by two lengths. He was timed in 1:50.31. Toasting Master established a pace of :24.50, :49.04 and 1:13.41 with Daredevil just a length or less behind him and Tencedur two lengths back before moving to the lead on the far turn. Toasting Master faded out of the picture, and then so did Daredevil. Tencendur ran the best race of his life but finished second to Frosted, who went by about the sixteenth pole. El Kabeir was last of seven, four lengths back of the pace after a half-mile. The soft pace killed his chance of closing to win, and he finished third, beaten 5 3/4 lengths.

The chart call: "Frosted settled into the three path heading for the clubhouse turn, continued at a considerable distance from off the rail proceeding down the backstretch, rider keeping something in reserve, tipped into the four path and was still in it entering the far turn, moved up readily towards the front runners, reaching a good striking position as the third fraction was being recorded, was about a length behind the runner up spinning into the stretch, responded positively when fully called upon, whittled away at the lead, eventually taking over for good with about a sixteenth to go, kicked away."

Kiaran McLaughlin: "This has been a top, special project for my team, my brother, the grooms, etc. We know he has a ton of ability and the last race really made us scratch our heads, asking 'why?' He would go to the lead and throw his head up and stop. We did everything we could to change everything we possibly could that we thought went wrong, including the jockey just because we were changing everything. It all worked out and it's just a special win for our team and Godolphin because he's a homebred [by Tapit] and it enhances his resume by winning a race like the Wood."

Joel Rosario: "He broke fine. He didn't break that sharp and I didn't really want to send him out of there and be on the lead. He was always there for me. I tried to get him to the outside, where he'd be comfortable. The whole way, he was taking me. That was a very good race. I wasn't concerned with (Tencendur) because I know when you ask him, he's always there for you. (Derby mount?) I hope so."

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer McLaughlin said, "We have to make a plan, and we have three options. We could stay here, work once here, work twice here, and then go to Kentucky. We could go there and work twice there. Or, we could go to Florida, like we've been training, fly in, work once, or not at all, and run. So we have to talk about it."

April 8 NOTE: Posted at a free portion of its site today, said that Frosted will be shipped to Florida and work twice at Palm Meadows before the Kentucky Derby. This means he will not work at Churchill Downs. Trainer McLaughlin cited rain "everywhere I look" for his decision. Postscript: Trainer McLaughlin leaves the door open for maybe one workout at Churchill Downs.

April 25 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, “We had a great racetrack today. We wanted to see a maintenance work, and we’re all systems go. He worked great – went in 1:01 – and it was very similar to last week. We’re very happy with it. We didn’t want to see any changes, and we’re just happy to keep seeing the same, seeing him work well and within himself. He’s gone perfect. Going into the Wood, he worked every week here and flew up there and won. Weather was a big thing. It looked rainy in Kentucky, and it has been, and in New York, too. It just looked like it was the right move. He’s trained great here. On Tuesday he flies at noon. He’ll train here Tuesday morning, fly up, and train there Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and maybe Saturday, too. We’ll also go through the paddock, but not in the afternoon.”

April 25 NOTE: Wood Memorial winner Frosted breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Saturday morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. Rob Massey was up for the work and trainer McLaughlin liked what he saw. “He worked great,” McLaughlin said. “He went off in :13 and basically went :12, :12, :12,:12 and galloped out well. All systems are go. We’re very happy with the work.”

McLaughlin’s original plan was to work the colt on Friday, but he decided to wait a day and not have to use a wet track. “We pushed it back today and we’re happy we did,” McLaughlin said. “We had a perfect racetrack. We were looking for a maintenance work of 1:01. We’re ready to go.”

April 26 NOTE: Frosted came out of his five-furlong work of 1:01.10 Saturday at Palm Meadows in good order according to trainer McLaughlin. “He’s good this morning and he will go to the track in the morning,” McLaughlin said. “He will train Tuesday morning and then get a noon flight to Louisville.”

April 27 NOTE: Frosted galloped a mile and three eighths at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., Monday morning in preparation for a start in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The Wood Memorial winner is scheduled to fly to Louisville Tuesday.

“He’ll gallop in the morning about a mile and three-eighths and he’ll get on a plane at noon,” trainer McLaughlin said. “He’ll arrive at Churchill and gallop the next few days.It couldn’t have gone better. Everything has gone perfectly,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough race. I just hope he draws a decent post position, but he couldn’t be doing any better.”

April 28 NOTE: Frosted was scheduled for an afternoon flight to Louisville after galloping 1 3/8 miles at Palm Meadows Training Center.

April 29 NOTE: Frosted galloped 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Rob Massey Wednesday morning after arriving at Churchill Downs from Florida late Tuesday afternoon.
“We’ll do the same tomorrow, but we might go to the paddock and go to the gate,” trainer McLaughlin said of his Wood Memorial winner.

Following the morning activity, McLaughlin made the short walk from Barn 42 to the barn of D. Wayne Lukas for a photo opportunity that brought together Lukas, the four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer, and five former assistants. McLaughlin was joined by Todd Pletcher, Mike Maker, George Weaver and Dallas Stewart, who all entered horses in the Kentucky Derby Wednesday, to pay tribute to their former boss.

“Wayne, not only was he a great coach and teacher on the racetrack, he also mentored me off the racetrack. I feel blessed to be with him early in life and see how he behaved and acted. It’s helped us all in life,” McLaughlin said. “He’s a special individual.”

Post Position Reaction – Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer – “We’re very happy with it. We’re the first one in the auxiliary gate, so we have a little room at the break. There’s plenty of speed outside us; there’s plenty of speed inside us. The one hole is just the one that you feared. Other than that, we’re fine and we like the post.”

April 30 NOTE: Frosted had an educational and somewhat leisurely training session Thursday morning after leaving Barn 42 on the Churchill Downs backstretch prior to the renovation break. The Wood Memorial winner visited the paddock as the tractors started grooming the racing surface for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks hopefuls’ morning training session. When the track reopened Frosted schooled in the starting gate before galloping 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Rob Massey.

Frosted, who is rated at 15-1 in the morning line, will be the sixth Derby starter for McLaughlin, who saddled Closing Argument for a second-place finish in 2005. “He’s doing great,” trainer McLaughlin said. “We love our horse. It’s a lifelong dream, especially to be here with Godolphin. All 19 other owners deserve to win the race, but no one more than Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum for his commitment and passion for the Thoroughbred industry. I mean, no one has done more for our game, so it would be great to win for him.”

Frosted finished second behind Upstart in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream in his 3-year-old debut before turning in a baffling fourth-place finish in the Fountain of Youth, in which he appeared to be on his way to a commanding victory in the stretch before stopping suddenly.  With no clue what caused Frosted to stop, McLaughlin made five changes before he ran in the Wood at Aqueduct.

“We started with the jockey and we cut back the blinkers a little bit. Probably the most important thing was we changed race tracks. Gulfstream was a deep, tiring and demanding track. So we changed his racetrack and changed his training. Then we did a procedure to cut the (throat) muscles back so he doesn’t displace his palate so easily. It’s not a big deal. It’s done in his stall. It’s quick and easy,” McLaughlin said. “With all the changes, it all came together. He couldn’t be doing any better.”

Frosted rebounded from his Fountain of Youth disappointment to win the Wood Memorial going away by two lengths under Joel Rosario.

May 1 NOTE: Frosted galloped 1 3/8 miles Friday morning at Churchill Downs following Thursday’s full training schedule that included visits to the starting gate and paddock as well as a strong gallop.  “Everything’s great,” trainer McLaughlin said. “He’ll go to the track in the morning.”

McLaughlin, who saddled Frosted for a last-to-first two-length victory in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in his most recent start, is hoping for a solid early pace in the Derby to set up Frosted late kick.

“We were last in Wood Memorial with a slow half-mile in 49. I feel like it’s going to set up with about 10 horses with early speed, we’re going to be back, closer to 20th than first the first part of the race,” McLaughlin said. “I’m not saying we’re going to be that far back. He might be 10th, but I feel like he’s going to settle well.”

Joel Rosario, who rode Frosted for the first time in the Wood Memorial, has the return mount aboard the son of Tapit for the Derby.

May 2, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Frosted came on late after being 15th with six furlongs in the book to finish fourth, a neck back of Dortmund, 2 1/4 lengths behind runner-up Firing Line and 3 1/4 lengths behind winner American Pharoah, who was timed in 2:03.02. The chart call: " FROSTED, a bit rank when rated back leaving the gate, dropped well off the early pace while removed from the inside, angled further out into the track past the three quarter pole, commenced a sweeping five wide move departing the far turn, sustained nicely past the eighth pole and churned on from there."

Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Frosted, fourth – “He ran very well. He had a good trip. We finished fourth. He may have been a little far back. It’s hard to say, but we didn’t have a rough trip. He was just a little wide on the turn.”

Joel Rosario: “He had a good trip. He didn’t have any trouble. He tried really hard and finished strong.”

May 10 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said today he is "hopeful" Frostedwill make his next start in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. The trainer said the colt exited his fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby in good shape and that his status for the Belmont Stakes will be resolved in the near future.

May 21 NOTE: Frosted is confirmed for the Belmont Stakes. Joel Rosario will retain the mount.

May 21 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said of the Kentucky Derby, "We ran good breaking from a wide post in an 18-horse field and going six wide on the far turn, and we wish there were more pace. He ran a great race, but we were a little disappointed; we wanted to win." The trainer added, "We're very happy to be running. He's doing well and will work tomorrow morning."

May 22 NOTE: Today at Belmont :Park, Frosted worked in company and to the inside of Godolphin Mile winner Tamarkuz, who's being prepared for the Met Mile. Frosted went five furlongs in 1:01.45, per NYRA clockers, while they got Tamarkuz in 1:01.43. They galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.64. Frosted put in a fast work last weekend, and this one looks more like a maintenance work.

May 22 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, "He worked with a really nice horse, and we didn't want him to go too fast or too slow, so it was a perfect work,. (He) galloped out well and came back in good shape, and we'll do it again next week for June 6."

May 25 NOTE: Frosted jogged today in his first trip back to the track since working on Friday.

May 26 NOTE: Frosted was out for routine training today.

May 27 NOTE: Frosted galloped a routine 1 1/2 mile.

May 28 NOTE: Frosted galloped 1 5/8 mile. Not a strong gallop but more than a jog. Scheduled to work on Friday.

May 29 NOTE: Frosted again worked with Godolphin Mile winner Tamarkuz and to his inside. Frosted was given a half-length head start and stayed ahead of his workmate with his rider sitting chilly. It was a most impressive move by Frosted by all accounts, and while he initially slipped behind in the gallop-out, he came back on Tamarkuz. Mike Welsch said it was the best workout he's seen from Frosted.

May 29 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, "They went great. He worked so well last week with Tamarkuz we decided to do the same thing today. They went 47 and four and in a minute and three fifths. It couldn't have gone better. We're all set."

June 1 NOTE:  Frosted jogged twice around the Belmont training track on a rainy Monday morning.

June 3 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, "I didn't think there was going to be a bad draw for us and am happy that we drew post six in an eight horse field. No excuses. We weren't looking for any specific draw but in the middle is always a great place to be. In a mile-and-a-half race, they will all have plenty of time to sort it all out. Materiality drew well, eight of eight, as did American Pharoah, five of eight, and they'll probably be the first two into the first turn and we'll probably be third to six and from there we'll let Joel work it out. I'm just glad the sun is out so we can train properly. The last couple of days we've had to jog and now we'll gallop the next few days. Frosted is doing just super and we're excited about the race."

June 3 NOTE: Frosted jogged today and yesterday due to the wet track. A gallop is intended for tomorrow.

June 4 NOTE: Frosted jogged a mile and galloped a mile today. Frosted will gallop on Friday and then again on Saturday due to the late post time of the race. Trainer McLaughlin said, "We hope people are booing us after the race. We don't mind a Triple Crown winner, just not this year."

June 5 NOTE: Frosted galloped over the main track todya and will do the same on Saturday. His trainer says they are going that due to the late post time, which is 6:50 ET. Trainer McLaughlin discussing his 35 percent win rate over the past three months. "We've had a great run. There's always a few surprises, a few photo finishes that you get lucky and win, but we've been on an unusually good run. The thing is we were pointing for races in the spring, both at Keeneland and in New York, and it's nice that the races were going. When you can point for races, and don't have to say, 'let's hurry up and run this one,' you often bat at a higher batting average." On Frosted: "We changed everything for the Wood; it was a great achievement for our whole team. It was very satisfying because of how many times we watched the replay of the Fountain of Youth and tried to figure out what went wrong; I'd put it in the top five of my career," said McLaughlin.

June 6, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. American Pharoah broke well and cruised through the first quarter-mile in 24.06 and the half in 48.83. Materialty pursued a length to a length-and-a-half back. Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah remained in a controlled gait as they notched six furlongs in 1:13.41. Materiality was still second by 1 1/2 length while Mubtaahij and Keen Ice vied for third with the field midway through the backstretch. On the far turn, Espinoza rode with confidence, sitting chilly while Frosted, fifth entering the turn, loomed boldly. At the top of the stretch, Frosted was within a length of American Pharoah, and Materiality was starting to drop back. Espinoza asked for more, he got it. American Pharoah drew away to prevail by 5 1/2 lengths. Frosted finished second, and Keen Ice, two more lengths back, edged Mubtaahij for third by a neck with a late rush to the wire.

The chart call: "Frosted took up position in the middle of the field, sat reserved in the two path until the end of the backstretch between rivals for a good portion of the way to that station, got placed onto the inside after Mubtaahij moved outward, was kept on hold, angled outward spinning into the stretch but proved no match."

Joel Rosario: "My horse ran great, but the horse everybody expected to win won the race. My horse ran really great and we got second place. It's exciting because we have not seen this for so long and the winner really looked brilliant. My horse showed that he is a really nice horse and there will be lots of races down the road for my horse."


After running second in each of his first two starts at Saratoga -- beaten 11 1/2 lengths by Bayerd going six furlongs -- and at Belmont Park -- running greenly and beaten 3/4 length by First Down going 6 1/2 furlongs, Frosted won at third asking at Aqueduct. That victory was at a mile run in 1:36.19. He was 3-5 in a field of eight, stalked in second and drew off to prevail by 5 1/4 lengths.

On Nov. 29, Leave the Light On surprised some people by winning the 1 1/8-mile Remsen Stakes. He did it by taking the lead on a track that was playing to front speed that day. Frosted, who broke from post 13 as the 9-5 favorite, was three or four wide and couldn't get by Leave the Light On but was barely edged to take second. Leave the Light On set moderate fractions of :24.51, :48.91 and 1:13.14 while being tracked intently by Classy Class, with Frosted just behind in third. Turning for home, Leave the Light On shook off Classy Class and then dug in gamely through the final furlong to preserve the victory in 1:51.06. Eight lengths back was third-place finisher Keen Ice.

Kiaran McLaughlin: "It was a very tough trip. He ran well; we're happy with his race, other than not winning. He was very wide on both turns because of his post position, and he ran a big race. He was just unlucky. He's a fun horse to have, and hopefully he'll have a bright future."



Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner:  Donegal Racing
Breeder: Glencrest Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Curlin (Smart Strike (CAN), Sherriff's Deputy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Medomak (Aweseome Again (CAN), Wiscasset)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-8-15-0-0 (28) 2.73
Foal Date: March 25, 2012

$120,000 Keeneland September 2012.

On Dec. 30, Keen Ice breezed five in 1:00.02 (2/42) at GP.
On Jan. 5, Keen Ice breezed five in 1:00.88 (6/29) at GP.
On Jan. 11, Keen Ice breezed five in 59:25 (1/43) at GP.
On Jan. 18, Keen Ice breezed five in 1.02:43 (26/47) at GP.
On Feb. 8, Keen Ice breezed five in 1.01:61 (8/23) at GP.
On Feb. 15, Keen Ice breezed five in 1.03:34 (22/32) at GP.
On March 11, Keen Ice breezed five in 1.01:03 (2/14) at GP.
On March 20, Keen Ice breezed five in 1.02:06 (9/24) at GP.
On April 11, Keen Ice breezed five in 1.00:20 ( 4/31) at CD.
On April 18, Keen Ice breezed six in 1:13.20 (1/1) at CD.
On April 25, Keen Ice breezed five in 1.01:60 (11/40) at CD.
On May 15, Keen Ice breezed five furlongs in 1.01:80 (12/20) at CD.
On May 21, Keen Ice breezed six in 1.15:00 (1/1) at CD.
On May 27, Keen Ice breezed six in 1.13:60 (1/2) at CD.
On June 2, Keen Ice breezed four in 50.20 (23/25) at CD.



Jan. 24, Grade II Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. At odds of 15-1, Keen Ice finished 5th beaten 10 1/2 lengths by Upstart. Keen Ice was fifth, 3 1/2 lengths off the lead after a half-mile.

Feb. 21, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. International Star was three wide on the first turn, and then Miguel Mena dropped him over to settle in sixth while California invader St. Joe Bay carved out fractions of :23.29, :47.08 and 1:12.16. The bay colt accelerated while skimming the rail inside Bluff on the far turn before squeezing through a small opening on the rail beside St. Joe Bay at the top of the stretch. In a matter of seconds, International Star was home free. War Story made a late run to finish second by a length, and Keen Ice also came running late to get third, beaten 2 3/4 lengths and a head in front of St. Joe Bay. The 3-2 wagering favorite, Imperia, was another 4 3/4 lengths back in fifth.The race was timed in 1:43.82.

James Graham: “He’s going to be okay. We had a fairly good trip. He broke good, but he’s devoid of speed early and it takes him a while to get going. He felt good.

March 28, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Timed in 1:50.67, International Star made his trademark closing move to take the lead in the stretch from the tenacious, pacesetting Stanford. The margin of victory was a neck. After a half-mile, International Star was positioned seventh of nine, seven lengths behind Stanford, who set moderate initial fractions of :24.03, :48.59 and 1:13.27. Second betting choice War Story, who broke well and saved ground early in the race, was sixth after a half-mile. He was swung out wide leaving the far turn and finished third, beaten five lengths. Keen Ice was another 2 1/4 lengths back in fourth. The chart call: "Keen Ice went three then two wide on the first turn, settled on the outside, was urged along while three then four wide on the far turn, moved out some in upper stretch and lacked the needed response."

James Graham: "Good trip, I had to lose a little bit of ground to get him going and they quickened away from him after there was no pace. If they would have gone :47 again today, he would have been three lengths closer. I had to lose ground to get his momentum going because I know he’s going to keep finding. He’s just a big horse and he’s figuring it out as he goes."

April 18 NOTE: Trainer Romans said, “We’ve been taking our time with this horse. I’ve never really squeezed the lemon and made him work fast because he’s not a naturally fast workhorse. But coming into this race, he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. We’ve been hoping to squeeze the lemon the last three weeks before the Derby and have him peak to run an all-time best race on the first Saturday in May. So far it’s working out well. He had a fast five-eighths work last week, and this week he comes back three-quarters in 1:13 and change. We’ve got one more big work ahead of us and two defections are all we need. (Editor’s Note: One Lucky Dane was withdrawn from the Kentucky Derby after Romans said this.)  This is a prototype Derby horse. He’s built like one – big and strong and should be able to handle himself if he gets bumped around – and the further they run, the better. Every race he’s run, he’s been closing fast. This is the first time these horses will be going a mile-and-a-quarter. He does not control his own destiny like a horse that has tactical pace and they forwardly place themselves. We’re going to need a fast pace and a clean trip, but if we get it, then he’s the type of horse that can win the Derby.”

April 20 NOTE: Keen Ice walked the shedrow for a second day following a Saturday work. Trainer Dale Romans said the Curlin colt would return to the track Tuesday to jog. He needs one defection to make the Derby field.

April 21 NOTE: Keen Ice jogged after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Faustino Aguilar aboard.

April 23 NOTE: With Jerry Crawford of Donegal Racing looking on, Keen Ice galloped 1 1/2 mile after the morning renovation break with Faustino Aguilar aboard. Keen Ice is scheduled to work Saturday according to Churchill Downs.

April 24 NOTE: Keen Ice, galloped 1 ½ mile after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Faustino Aguilar aboard. Keen Ice is scheduled to work Saturday.

April 25 NOTE: Keen Ice worked five furlongs Saturday morning in 1:01.60 under exercise rider Tammy Fox. The workout was the 15th fastest of 67 workouts at the distance. Keen Ice’s fractions were :11.80, :24, :36, :48.60 and out six furlongs in 1:15.60.

“We just wanted him to do whatever he wanted to do on his own,”' trainer Romans said. “He’s not a real fast work horse by himself. So we didn’t want to put any company with him. We let him do his own thing. He had two really fast drills, got some long miles in him here. The heavy lifting is over. He was smooth doing everything. You saw what a beautiful stride he has. He swept to his right lead turning for home perfect. I told her, just smooch to him leaving there, just let him do whatever he wants. It ended up being just right.”

April 26 NOTE: Keen Ice, who worked five furlongs Saturday in 1:01.60, had an easy morning Sunday, walking in the shedrow in the barn of trainer Romans.

April 27 NOTE: Keen Ice galloped two miles Monday under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar after the renovation break in the colt’s first training session since working five furlongs Saturday in 1:01.60.

Keen Ice will be the sixth Derby starter for trainer Romans, a Louisville native. His best Derby finishes were third places with Paddy O’Prado in 2010 and Dullahan in 2012, both owned by Donegal. “It’s hard to compare any of them,’’ Romans said. “They all have their own little traits. They’ve all been big, strong horses that I knew could get the mile and a quarter.’’

Keen Ice is a late runner, like Paddy O’Prado and Dullahan. In the Derby in 2011, Romans ran front-runner Shackleford, who set the pace before finishing fourth. Two weeks later, he won the Preakness. “Shackleford, his question was could he get the distance?’’ Romans said. “He was the only one I ran (in the Derby) where I wondered if he could. (Keen Ice) fits right in there with Dullahan and Paddy O’Prado.’’

Romans said he’s pleased with how Keen Ice is training for the race. “I think he’s absolutely perfect,’’ Romans said. “It’s just a matter of getting the right trip. We know he doesn’t control the race. He doesn’t have the speed. If they go fast early and they’re backing up, he’ll be right there at the end.’

April 28 NOTE: Keen Ice galloped strongly for two miles Tuesday under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Romans after the renovation break.

“He's a good horse,'' Romans said. "Good fast horses need to gallop fast. You've got to get something out of it.'' Among those gathering to watch the colt train was Donegal president Jerry Crawford, a lawyer from Des Moines, Iowa. Keen Ice is unusual for a Donegal horse in that he doesn't have a name with Irish ties, Crawford said.

The stable finished third in the Derby in 2010 with Paddy O'Prado and third in 2012 with Dullahan. "The Crawfords were originally from Donegal County, Ireland, and ironically, so were the Kirks, one of our original partners,'' Crawford said. "So our green and yellow checked, blocked silks are actually the Donegal County, Ireland, flag. The Irish theme has served us well. It's a lot of fun.''

Keen Ice has many owners. "We do one partnership a year,'' Crawford said. "We do it in September. We buy most of our horses at the Keeneland yearling sale. And then we form that year's partnership. And if somebody buys say 2 1/2 percent of that partnership, they own 2 1/2 percent of every horse we bought that year.'

April 29 NOTE: Keen Ice galloped strongly for two miles Tuesday under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Romans after the renovation break.

Kent Desormeaux, who won the Derby with Real Quiet in 1998, Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000 and Big Brown in 2008, will be aboard Keen Ice on Saturday. Desormeaux and Romans teamed for third-place Derby finishes with Paddy O'Prado in 2010 and Dullahan in 2011.

"He's going to be one of them, when they load into the gates, who's already done it,'' Romans said of Desormeaux, who will be riding Keen Ice for the first time. "He's done it more than once and won't be intimidated. Maybe three's a charm. We've had two thirds together.''

April 29 NOTE: Keen Ice galloped strongly for two miles Tuesday under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Romans after the renovation break.

Kent Desormeaux, who won the Derby with Real Quiet in 1998, Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000 and Big Brown in 2008, will be aboard Keen Ice on Saturday. Desormeaux and Romans teamed for third-place Derby finishes with Paddy O'Prado in 2010 and Dullahan in 2011.

"He's going to be one of them, when they load into the gates, who's already done it,'' Romans said of Desormeaux, who will be riding Keen Ice for the first time. "He's done it more than once and won't be intimidated. Maybe three's a charm. We've had two thirds together.'

Post Position Reaction – Dale Romans, trainer – "It's one of the best spots of all of them. It might have been what I would have picked if I could.'

April 30 NOTE: Keen Ice galloped strongly for two miles under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Romans after the renovation break. "He loves to train,'' Romans said. "He never gets tired. That's the key. If the big boys don't win, we've got the best shot of the rest.''

The trainer said he had yet to study the entire draw in detail. "The draw, it looked like it was in interesting setup, with some of the speed way inside and way outside,'' he said. "It's interesting how it's going to unfold. I'll sit down and look at it a lot harder this afternoon. It doesn't matter where we are. This horse is going to fall out of the back of it. Let them go on with the front and try to run them all down.''

May 1 NOTE: Keen Ice galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Romans. "Everything's good,'' Romans said. Keen Ice is a son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who finished third in the Derby in 2007. Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Kent Desormeaux has the mount.

May 21 NOTE: Kent Desormeaux will ride Keen Ice in the Belmont Stakes.

May 23 NOTE: Trainer Romans said, "He came out of his (Thursday) work good and jogged this morning. Everything looks perfect."

May 25 NOTE: Yesterday, Keen Ice galloped 1 1/2 mile under exercise rider Faustno Agular. Today, Keen Ice galloped 1 1/2 mile with exercise rider Faustno Agular in the irons.

May 25 NOTE: California clocker Gary Young said, while stating he thinks American Pharoah will win the Belmont, "I respect Keen Ice. If you watch Keen Ice’s race in the Derby, when everyone else was shoving for all they were worth at the three-eighths pole, he was passing horses under a pull and he had to steady for more than an eighth of a mile."

May 26 NOTE: Keen Ice was out for exercise at 8:30 a.m. No other details were available as of this post.

May 27 NOTE: Trainer Romans said following today's workout, “"He went by himself, which he doesn't usually do but we're going for the endurance at this point. I thought it was a great work. He’s doing well. He’s picking it up every pole and had a lot of energy galloping out. He has just been so good even before the Derby and he just keeps on improving. I think the further the better. A mile-and-a-half shouldn’t be a problem. I really like my chances.  American Pharoah is definitely head and shoulders above the rest of them in class, but I know we do want to go a mile-and-a-half. I know he’s feeling good; he’s hitting on all cylinders. It’s just a matter of if he’s good enough to beat him.” Tammy Fox said, “When I give two thumbs up that means that they’re really ready to go. He is as ready as he can be. Dale’s done a great job with him.”

May 29 NOTE: After walking the shedrow on May 28, Keen Ice was brought out for a light jog in his first day on the track since breezing six furlongs on Wednesday.

May 30 NOTE: Keen Ice galloped about 1 11/16 mile, starting about 100 yards before the finish line, completing a lap and then continuing into the far turn again. He didn't get hot and looked well leaving the track. Trainer Romans said, "We're going into the race with no physical excuses. If he's good enough, then he'll win. He's fit and he's ready to go the distance."

May 31 NOTE: When the Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner exited the track, Keen Ice came out and jogged a short distance before galloping almost two miles for trainer Dale Romans. All routine, no problems.

May 31 NOTE: Kent Desormeaux said, “Speed at this point is now irrelevant. You’d need a horse that can stay, and the guy that I ride will be naturally closer because of the human element. They’re not going to go 46 in the Belmont, otherwise you’d have no chance. So they’ll slow it down, and that will put me naturally closer and if Keen Ice finishes like he finished in the Derby, he has a chance, he’ll be competitive. I’m looking forward to it. I like running out of horse at about the16th pole and then trying to carry him the rest of the way and win a race. In the Derby, I went under the wire full of horse. After a mile and a quarter he was just as fresh going under the wire the second time.”

June 1 NOTE: Keen Ice jogged and galloped routinely before walking off through the easternmost gap at the Louisville track.

June 2 NOTE: Keen Ice put in a maintenance move timed in 50.20. Churchill Downs clockers got splits of 12.40, 25.00 and 37.60. Keen Ice galloped out five furlongs in 1:04.40. As usual, Tammy Fox was up for the move. Flight to New York follows.

June 2 NOTE: Trainer Romans said, "I thought he looked great, and he worked great; it looked perfect. He's doing so good that it's scary. It's all a matter of whether or not he's good enough. There's not another fear to have. With a lack of pace he will be laying closer. This is a race that even though people think it's for a deep closer, it's not; you need to be in the race. Woody Stephens said years ago that it's a speed horse race going a mile-and-a-half, and so lack of pace will keep us in contact, and I know that we have the endurance to keep going."

June 3 NOTE: Trainer Romans said, "It's perfect. I like having another horse on each side of me when they all break and this gives my rider the time to figure it out. In an eight-horse field going a mile and a half, the draw isn't that big of a deal. But the important thing to me was having a horse on either side of me and we got that. My horse shipped great and is doing great since he got here and we'll be ready to go."Jerry Crawford said, "The surprise with Keen Ice was that we thought once we got to a mile and a quarter we'd be fine" but he got stopped in traffic. Also: "I think of American Pharoah as a wide receiver and of Keen Ice as a fullback."

June 4 NOTE: Keen Ice was on the track today, according to DRF Live jogging three miles two days after breezing at Churchill Downs, but trainer Romans said he walked a mile of it. He has the same lively look he had before the Kentucky Derby.He enjoys being out on the race track. Trainer Romans said, "He looked good this morning. He just jogged and he walked part of the way. Twice around is three miles and we only wanted to go two, so he walked a mile and jogged about two. Today was more about letting him look around at the scenery because it's a lot different than any place else. Tomorrow, he'll get another good look around and he'll be ready to roll. Everything's been so easy so far. When things go easy, they usually end up good. All the heavy lifting is done; we'll go an easy gallop tomorrow, stand in the gate and it's all done. I like having horses on both sides of my horse when they break. That's the biggest thing. They seem to come out a little straighter and cleaner and not break into the open area like when they're in the one or the outside."

June 5 NOTE: Keen Ice galloped on the main track today. Trainer Romans said that Keen Ice will be closer to the pace than usual in the Belmont because the pace will be slower. "I can see us being five, six, seven lengths back," he said. He asserts that Keen Ice wasn't able to run from the 3/8 pole to the eighth pole in the Kentucky Derby.

June 6, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Keen Ice finished third, beaten 7 1/2 lengths. After vying with Mubtaahij for third position in the backstretch, he dropped back off that one a couple of lengths but then came on again in the stretch to edge him by a neck for the show.

The chart call: "Keen Ice raced three to four wide to the quarter pole, swung into the five path heading into the stretch, rallied well enough to be along for the show."

Dale Romans: "The horse was perfect. My horse ran his race. It's an amazing thing to be a part of. Bob Baffert is the greatest trainer of all time. My hat's off to him. Congratulations to the Zayats."


Keen Ice broke his maiden going a mile at Churchill Downs on Sept. 6. This win got him noticed. The time of 1:37.87 was not spectacular, but he closed from eight lengths off the pace at the furlong marker to get up by a head under Miguel Mena. A full field of 12 ran.

After a distant fifth in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland at 13-1, he finished third, beaten 8 1/2 lengths, by Leave the Light On in the Remsen Stakes at 22-1.



Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner:  Cheyenne Stables & Mac Nichol
Breeder: RMF Thoroughbreds
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike (CAN), Private Feeling)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Home from Oz (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-14-17-1-0 (40) 3.21
Foal Date: March 19, 2012

$70,000 Keeneland September 2013.
$150,000 OBS 2014.

On Jan. 11, Madefromlucky breezed four in 49:21 (7/24) at PBD.
On Jan. 18, Madefromlucky breezed five in 1.02:05 (15/23) at PBD.
On Jan. 24, Madefromlucky breezed five in 1.01:16 (1/3) at PBD.
On Jan. 30, Madefromlucky breezed four in 48:58 (1/2) at PBD.
On Feb. 15, Madefromlucky breezed four in 48:58 (5/18) at PBD.
On Feb. 22, Madefromlucky breezed five in 1.00:19 (1/7) at PBD.
On March 2, Madefromlucky breezed five in 59:14 (2/8) at PBD.
On March 28, Madefromlucky breezed four on a good track in 49:23 (16/19) at PBD.
On April 4, Madefromlucky breezed four in 48:74 (4/18) at PBD.
On April 24, Madefromlucky breezed four in 48:60 (28/76) at CD.
On May 3, Madefromlucky breezed four in 49:60 (8/20) at KEE.
On May 22, Madefromlucky breezed five in 59:01 (1/20) at BEL.
On May 29, Madefromlucky breezed four in 47:84 (6/33) at BEL.



Feb. 4, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Sent off at 1-5 odds in a field of five, Madefromlucky won by 1 1/2 length with Quimet second and Quality Bird third. His time was 1:52.04. He stalked a length off a reasonable-to-slow pace, made his move on the turn and edged away after gaining the lead with over 200 yards to go. John Velazquez was aboard.

Todd Pletcher: “I thought it was really good. It was his first time at a mile and an eighth. He was wide both turns. Based on the way the track is playing – the six-furlong maiden race just went in 1:12-and-3 -- it looks like the track isn’t producing fast times. I think it was a good effort for him and hopefully it will springboard him into a stake next time. We don’t know which one it will be.”

March 14, Grade II Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Madefromlucky shipped in from South Florida and ran well to finish second. His chart call: "Madefromlucky, within striking distance while racing toward the inside, asked along and got slightly closer late in the final turn, no match in the drive, remained clear for the place." American Pharoah overcame a clumsy break from the gate to take the early lead. From there, he increased his advantage. Under Victor Espinoza, he led at each call to win by 6 1/4 lengths, timed in 1:45.78 after setting splits of :24.41, :49.63, and 1:15.22 on a sloppy, rainy track. American Pharoah partially dislodged his right front shoe when he stumbled out of the gate and ran that way throughout the race. Madefromlucky was on the inside for much of the race and finished second. Bold Conquest was third, followed by The Truth or Else, Paid Admission, Sakima and Tizwonderfulcreek.

Adele Bellinger, assistant to Todd Pletcher: "(He) handled the track condition well, and Johnny gave (him) a beautiful ride. Madefromlucky got the worst of it being on the worst part of the track the whole way, and he still ran a great race."

April 9 NOTE: “I don’t think he can (engage in a speed duel), so we’ll hope that someone goes out there with American Pharoah and keeps the pace honest,” said Pletcher. “Hopefully a mile-and-an-eighth with help us. I think he wants to run farther, and he’s already won at a mile and an eighth. I just hope there’s an honest pace up front. It’s pretty much it’s now or never to earn those Derby points. We’ve got to figure out the next step for him and where we belong, and this race should help us clarify that.”

April 10 NOTE:  A high pressure system with cooler weather made for good weather Friday morning.  “They love this weather, especially coming from South Florida. They were all feeling really good when we were out on the track this morning,” said Adele Bellinger, trainer Pletcher’s assistant, who galloped Madefromlucky.

April 11, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Madefromlucky was fourth at the first call, fifth at the second call and sixth at the third call, around six or seven lengths behind at each station. He finished fourth, beaten nine lengths by American Pharoah and a time of 1:48.52.

The chart call: "Madefromlucky a bit tight at the start, fell back off the early lead, continued one paced throughout while remaining off the inside."

Todd Pletcher: "He ran hard and finished well."

April 21 NOTE: Madefromlucky arrived at Churchill Downs at10:30 a.m. Tuesday after a short van ride from Keeneland.

April 22 NOTE: Madefromlucky went out after the break at 8:30 in the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders and galloped 1 1/4 mile with Ezequiel Perez aboard.

April 23 NOTE: Madefromlucky galloped a little more than a mile and quarter shortly after 6:00 with Ezequiel Perez up.

April 24 NOTE: John Velazquez, aboard Madefromlucky, told, "He had trouble getting a hold of the track on the turns for whatever reason."

April 24 NOTE: Madefromlucky and Stanford worked in company. Stanford was clocked in :48.40, the 19th fastest of 76, with fractions of :12.40, :24.20 and out five furlongs in 1:01 and three-quarters in 1:13.80. Madefromlucky was timed in :48.60, the 28th fastest, with fractions of :12.40, :24.20, out five furlongs in 1:01.60 and three-quarters in 1:15. Trainer Pletcher said he was leaning against running Madefromlucky in the Derby and that he would recommend a race like the May 9 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park, but he needed to confer with the owners before an official decision was made.  “I am thinking that Belmont Park with its sweeping turns might be a good fit for him,” Pletcher said.

May 9, Grade II Peter Pan Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Two Weeks Off briefly took the lead in :23.51, then prompted the pace set by Wolfman Rocket, who led through subsequent fractions of :46.55 and 1:10.33. Tiz Shea D followed them in third, and Madefromlucky was two and three lengths off the lead in fourth going up the backstretch. Conquest Curlinate trailed. Rounding the turn, Javier Castellano began asking Madefromlucky, now three lengths behind, for more. After the field turned for home, Two Weeks Off got the best of Wolfman Rocket under a hand ride, but Madefromlucky suddenly loomed up and easily passed that pair, then hit the finish line first in 1:48.36. The late-running Conquest Curlinate came on inside the furlong marker to get the place, beaten a length. Two Weeks Off finished third, another 1 1/2 length back, followed by Tiz Shea D and Wolfman Rocket. A total of 4 1/4 lengths separated the five runners at the end of the race.

Todd Pletcher: "The Belmont Stakes is something we'd talked about a while back. We felt he would keep going and going and going. We wanted to find out where he fit, and the Peter Pan has historically been a good prep for the Belmont. He earned his way in if he comes out of this well and trains accordingly."

Javier Castellano: "I had a beautiful trip behind the speed horses; there was a good pace in the race. My horse settled beautifully off the pace and turning for home I had a clear trip. He did it the right way, switching leads at the right time and finished well." Is he a Belmont Stakes horse? "I think so. The way he did it today, why not? He finished very well; he finished strong and galloped out strong. I think it was a perfect prep for the Belmont. Now it's up to the owner and trainer."

May 22 NOTE: On the main track at Belmont Park, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky breezed in company with John Velazquez on the former and Patty Krotenko on the latter. NYRA clockers timed the move in 59.01. According to Mike Welsch at DRF Live, they ran splilts of 12.79, 24.30 and 35.62 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.79, seven in 1:25.82 and a mile in 1:41.16, staying together throughout.

May 22 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "The track was probably playing a little bit on the quick side, but I thought it was a pretty good work. It was a fast work but in hand with a strong gallop out.That was the best that I've seen him breeze since we've had him. It was a very good work for him. It appears that he likes the track here, which is what we were hoping for, and it seems like the Peter Pan was good going forward."

May 25 NOTE: Madefromlucky galloped 1 5/8 mile on the main track at Belmont Park today in his first trip back to the track since working on Friday. Onlookers say he looks good.

May 26 NOTE: Madefromlucky galloped 1 3/4 mile routinely

May 27 NOTE: Madefromlucky galloped 1 1/2 mile and got hot before he started. According to DRF Live, this was the third straight day he's gotten hot exercising on the track.

May 28 NOTE: Following several reports he's been getting hot in the morning, Madefromlucky exercised on the training track. The reason wasn't disclosed as of this post. Maybe he just needed a change of scenery. Scheduled to work Friday.

May 29 NOTE: Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky worked in tandem with Carpe Diem to the outside under John Velazquez and outworking Madefromlucky by a length. Madefromlucky was asked to keep up. Both horses reported got hot while warming up for their moves. Splits of 13.00 and 24.60.

May 29 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "I thought (he) worked well enough today to continue considering the Belmont. I didn't see anything that would deter me from it. I'll see how they come out of it, and talk with everybody, but we worked with the intention of running in the Belmont, and I thought (he) worked well. I don't think this work was as impressive from him as last week. I think, like a lot of horses, they will tend to work better when they are on the outside, than the inside."

May 31 NOTE: Madefromlucky jogged yesterday and walked the shedrow today, per the norm in the Pletcher stable after a workout.

June 1 NOTE: Javier Castellano named on Madefromlucky.

June 2 NOTE: Madefromlucky galloped well, about 1 3/4 mile on a sloppy/sealed track.

June 3 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said  his post position doesn't matter, my two runners have complementary running styles. "Both Materiality and Madefromlucky give me the impression 1 1/2 miles won't be a problem."

June 4 NOTE:  According to trainer Pletcher, Madefromlucky galloped 1 7/16 mile on the training track. Trainer Pletcher said, "In Madefromlucky's case, he has a win over the track. One of the things we didn't think he was doing particularly well at other tracks was running the turns. And it seems he (handles) the turns the best here at Belmont. The wider configuration -- it's basically from the half to the quarter pole -- and it's big sweeping turn in there -- he handles. And I think his grinding style suits a mile and a half well."

Why the training track?  "I thought when I walked out on them this morning, the training track was slightly better. The other thing I have noticed, having been stabled here for years, it gets a little crazy over here at the main track in the couple days leading up to it. I just wanted a little quieter setting over there."

June 5 NOTE: Madefromlucky galloped about 1 1/2 mile on the main track. He will walk the shedrow on race day. In today's notes from Belmont Park, trainer Pletcher discussed winning the Belmont with Rags to Riches and Palace Malice.

June 6, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Madefromlucky finished sixth, beaten 17 3/4 lengths. He was sixth at each call of the race.

The chart call: "Madefromlucky, three wide on the opening bend, was strung out in the four path on the subsequent turn, got put to a prolonged drive, failed to make up ground, ducked inward after entering the stretch and tired."

Javier Castellano: "I had a beautiful trip. I didn't have much excuse. My horse is a come-from-behind horse but he didn't show up today. American Pharoah was much the best horse in the field. I give him all the credit in the world. We have been waiting 37 years to see this. It's great for the sport and the fans."


Madefromlucky began his career running three times at Monmouth Park during the summer, improving with every increase in distance. He ran fifth in his career debut when going 4 1/2 furlongs before getting up for the show when stretching out to five furlongs in July. Trainer Mazza tried the colt at a mile in another maiden contest on Aug. 10. That day, Madefromlucky rallied strongly to be second, just three-quarters of a length from victory. After that start, the colt was put on the shelf.

Madefromlucky returned to the races on Dec. 23 at Gulfstream Park, rolling home to an impressive victory in a maiden special weight. He broke alertly and settled behind pacesetter Royal Squeeze before taking the lead at the top of the stretch and drawing off, unchallenged, to win by 4 3/4 lengths in the 1 1/16-mile main track race. Gabriel Saez was aboard Madefromlucky.

John Mazza: “I thought he ran a great race. I thought he would run good. Gabe has been breezing him for me, and every time he breezes, he just keeps going. He never gets tired, this horse. I let up on him. I ran him a couple times, but it was short. Then I ran him at a mile, and he ran well. So we gave him some time to grow, and he did. He filled out nice – his girth, his whole body filled out – and he’s been training so forwardly. When he breezes, he doesn’t want to pull up. He wants to keep going. I know he wants to go long. This was probably not long enough today.”



Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Alto Racing LLC
Breeder: John D. Gunther
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Alfeet Alex (Northern Afleet, Maggy Hawk)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Wildwood Flower (Langfuhr (CAN), Dial A Trick)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-2-6-0-0 (10) 2.33
Foal Date: April 9, 2012

$400,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2014.

A half-brother to My Miss Sophia

On Jan. 25, Materiality breezed four in 49:98 (16/23) at PBD.
On Feb. 1, Materiality breezed five in 1.01:48 (3/6) at PBD.
On Feb. 8, Materiality breezed five in 1.02:21 (10/10) at PBD.
On Feb. 15, Materiality breezed four in 48:78 (7/18) at PBD.
On Feb. 22, Materiality breezed five in 1.00:19 (1/7) at PBD.
On Feb. 28, Materiality breezed four in 49:28 (6/11) at PBD.
On March 21, Materiality breezed four in 48:79 (5/30) at PBD.
On April 11, Materiality breezed four in :48.45 (4/15) at PBD.
On April 18, Materiality breezed five in 1.00:45 (2/5) at PBD.
On April 24, Materiality breezed four in 48:00 (7/76) at CD.
On May 16, Materiality breezed four furlongs in 49:03 (5/24) at BEL.
On May 22, Materiality breezed five in 1.00:04 (4/20) at BEL.
On May 29, Materiality breezed four in (4/33) 47.78 at BEL.


Jan. 11, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, Six Furlongs. Materiality debuted and won by 4 1/2 lengths over a sloppy track timed in 1:10.32. He stalked the pace before drawing off in the stretch  He was made 8-5 off a 2-1 morning line.

Todd Pletcher: “We were hopeful. We were a little concerned about the sloppy track, but the colt has trained well. Everything we’ve breezed him with he’s been right there. We’ve had some success in maiden races so far with horses we’ve worked him with. We thought we had a decent comparison and we were very pleased with him today. He had some baby stuff. He came out of the Fasig-Tipton Timonium sale and needed some time off after that. He needed to get acclimated down here and get some training done and before you know it, it’s January.”.

March 6, Islamorada Handicap, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Materiality won the race by 5 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:49.32 under John Velazquez at 2-1 odds in a field of six. He attended the early pace set by 6-5 favorite Stanford, fractions of :23.77, 47.99 and 1:11.68. Stanford veered out at the 3/4 pole, bothering everyone else, and stewards DQ'd him to last. Tradesman was third, beaten 11 1/4 lengths. The chart call: "Materiality was away alertly to press the pace of his stable-mate, was carried out by that rival nearng the three-quarter pole, moved up to engage nearing the quarter, vied until the furlong marker, opened a clear lead and drew off with complete authority."

Todd Pletcher: “I think this race certainly puts everything in play. I was concerned about stretching him out in his second start and going all the way to a mile and an eighth, but we were sort of limited in options, and he handled it very well. I thought he took a definite step forward. He ran an impressive race today to finish the way he did and run 1:49-and-change going a mile and an eighth. We haven’t seen too many horses do that during this meet, so I thought it was a very powerful effort.”

John Velazquez: "It was very nice He won here first time out and he’s been working steady and kind of going forward from the last race he ran, and he showed up today. It’s a lot to ask to go from three-quarters to a mile and an eighth, but he put up a good race.”

March 24 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, “He is relatively inexperienced, but the good thing is he got a quality mile-and-an-eighth race over the track. The concern there is we’re coming back in 22 days off a very fast race. But he’s a big, strong colt and carries his weight well and he’s trained very well since. I’m happy with both. I think (he and Itsaknockout are) both colts that should establish a forward position in the first turn and hopefully stay out of trouble.”

March 25 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, “It’s a huge step. It was also a huge step going from a maiden race to a mile-and-an-eighth stake, which concerned us a little bit, stretching him out to a mile and an eighth, but he seemed to handle it well. He’s a big, robust horse and he seems to have taken the race well.”

March 28, Grade I Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. John Velazquez notched his fourth win of the day by taking it to the field on Materiality. Jack Tripp led after a quarter-mile run in :23.89, but Materiality took over from there, cutting out splits of :48.24, 1:12.51 and 1:38.57 en route to a final time of 1:52.30. Upstart ran a half-length to a length behind Materiality at each call and finished 1 1/2 length back at the finish. Aside from Jack Tripp's early effort, none of the other seven starters was ever in contention. Itsaknockout was three lengths back after the first quarter-mile, but he was beaten 21 lengths in a fourth-place effort. Third-place finisher Ami's Flatter finished 14 lengths back in third and was almost six lengths behind at the first call. The chart call: "Materiality was bumped at the start, pressed the pace of Jack Tripp from the outside, moved up to take over the pace setting duties nearing the half, was pressured by Upstart soon after, responded when challenged into the stretch, drifted out slightly nearing the furlong marker and edged clear through the closing yards."

Todd Pletcher: "It shaped up the way Johnny and I talked about after the previous race. We thought about the way it might set up, that the 2 (Jack Tripp) might show some speed, Materiality might be laying in a stalking-type position. We felt that Upstart would probably have us as his primary target, and all of that unfolded exactly like we talked about.

(Compare to Constitution): "There are some similarities, they're both lightly raced horses that won the Florida Derby early in their career, but our biggest concern was just coming back in 22 days off a really huge effort. So we monitored how he was training--he looked great. He's a big, strong colt and he holds his weight really well. He's got a big appetite. He put forth a really good breeze a week ago so we felt like he was showing us all of the right signs. Yet you still worry about those situations when you get to the eighth pole. Watching Stanford (second in Islamorada) finish a very good second in the Louisiana Derby about a half-hour before gives you a little more confidence, but you're still concerned about the short turnaround.

"You don't see it happen very often, but you don't see horses win their second start off of one six-furlong maiden win and then go a mile-and-an-eighth in exceptional time. So I think he stamped himself as a very legitimate horse at that point. But it takes a special one to do that.

"We talked about deciding to run back in 22 days. It was a give-and-take situation. The positives were that you're running over a track where he's two-for-two and you don't have to ship. If you do well, then you get five weeks instead of four or three, depending on where you go, so it was all calculated. We just felt that there were more pros to running back here than there were cons, and when the horse breezed well, it seemed to me that it was a pretty logical choice.

"Just typical baby stuff (is the reason he didn't run in 2014). Steve (Young) purchased him at the Timonium sale last year. He's a half-brother to a horse we trained, My Miss Sophia, that was second in the Oaks last year, so he's a highly touted, highly recruited kind of horse with a big-time pedigree and good-looking. He breezed well there, Steve bought him and they decided to give him a little time at WinStar. He came to us when we first got down to Palm Beach Downs last fall and really hasn't missed a beat since then."

John Velazquez: "We got very close (to Upstart), that's for sure. We got out a little bit further than I thought I did. I had my head down, looking over to make sure I didn't bump him. There was a little brushing, maybe, but there was no contact. I was very conscious to pull back in and you can see the two horses spread apart. He felt strong the whole way around. The way he came back like Todd said from 22 days ago…we hooked up at the half-mile pole--that's a lot of running."

Bloodstock agent Steve Young: "He's a great-moving horse, he was quick enough to show that he could run, and like Todd said, if you scratch away at the bottom of his pedigree, he's going to run a lot further than some of these other horses that are getting ready to run in five weeks. He's a super nice horse, we couldn't be happier with him."

Owner Gil Moutray: " "I don't know how to explain it - it's just wonderful. It's just wonderful to share it with everyone, with our family out here. We started this (Alto Racing) in 2009 and the business plan was to try to win a grade 1. This is it, partner. We don't want to go (to Kentucky Derby) for our ego, we want to go if we're live."

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Pletcher said, “He pulled up well and is just coming back from Gulfstream now. It was a very determined effort. He showed his tenacity. It was a long drive from a half-mile out over a very demanding surface and against a very good horse. I thought it was very impressive for him to be able to do that in his third start. I think he’s certainly earned his way. Five weeks should be beneficial since we ran back in 22 days, but it’s also a long time, so hopefully he continues to do well.”

April 11 NOTE: "I thought that was a borderline sensational work for Materiality," trainer Pletcher said, as reported at DRF Nuggets. "They (Materiality and Stanford) were going a little bit easy so I asked them on the radio to pick it up and they picked it up a little more than I wanted them to. I tried to slow them down at mid-stretch, but at that point they had a head of steam. It was a very impressive work. (Materiality) is a big strong horse. I am just amazed" how he's emerged from the Florida Derby. He hasn't missed a beat or an oat and couldn't look any better. His condition, his coat, his attitude, everything is good."

April 18 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "I will talk with Johnny on Monday. Ultimately, it is Johnny’s decision (whether to ride Carpe Diem or Materiality). Those are two very good horses, and he is four-for-five on one and three-for-three on the other.”

April 18 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, “It was a super work. I’m very happy with him.”

April 21 NOTE: Trainer Todd Pletcher was expecting Materiality to arrive at Churchill Downs Barn 40 around 3:00 p.m. following a flight from South Florida.

April 22 NOTE: Materiality went out after the break at 8:30 in the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders and galloped 1 1/4 mile with Carlos Cano aboard.

April 23 NOTE: At 8:30, Materiality galloped a little more than a mile and quarter shortly after with Carlos up.

April 24 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said of Materiality and Itsaknockout, "They both worked very well, and I thought they both got over the track very well."

April 24 NOTE: Working together were the 1 and 4 finishers from the Florida Derby, Materiality and Itsaknockout. The horses raced as a team through a half-mile in :48 with fractions of :12, :23.60, :35.60 and out five furlongs in 1:01 and six furlongs in 1:14.60. The moves were the seventh fastest of 76 at the distance. Javier Castellano was on Materiality and Ezequiel Perez on Itsaknockout.

April 25 NOTE: Materiality  jogged a mile, backtracking all the way around the Churchill oval with Carlos Cano up. Materiality came off the track “on the muscle,” as racetrackers say of a horse who is full of himself and showing it.  “He’s normally a quiet colt, but sometimes he’ll tip you that he’s feeling good,” trainer Pletcher said. “He’s telling us that he came out of that work yesterday very well.” The lightly raced son of Afleet Alex will be making only the fourth start of his career next Saturday and he’ll have Javier Castellano aboard for the first time.

April 26 NOTE: Materiality walked the shedrow of barn 40. Trainer Pletcher worked him Friday, then jogged him Saturday and said he was happy with where he is. “Walking was the right thing to do today; give them a day off. (The three at Churchill Downs) go back to the track tomorrow for gallops or jogs, we’ll see.”

April 27 NOTE: Materiality was on the track under exercise rider Carlos Cano. They visited the starting gate where Pletcher oversaw the colt entering and standing in the stall, then watched him gallop 12 furlongs with other Derby and Kentucky Oaks trainees.

April 28 NOTE: Carlos Cano was aboard Materiality for a gallop and gate schooling. Materiality traveled approximately a mile and three-eighths. He will paddock school Wednesday.

April 29 NOTE: Materiality, with Carlos Cano up, galloped and visited the starting gate.

Post Position Reaction – Todd Pletcher, trainer -- Materiality is a good gate horse, so if he gets out he ought to be fine."

April 30 NOTE: Florida Derby winner Materiality had exercise rider Carlos Cano as his partner, and they toured a mile and three-eighths. Trainer Pletcher observed the gallop from the grandstand.

May 1 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher had Materiality out for a 1 1/4 mile gallop Friday morning at Churchill Downs during the early 5:45-6 training session slotted for Derby and Oaks horses only. Carlos Cano  was aboard. “I’m happy with what I’ve seen here,” Pletcher said. "We’re ready. Let’s go.”

May 2, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Materiality finished sixth, beaten 7 3/4 lengths by American Pharoah and a time of 2:03.02. He pulled a shoe off when stumbling at the start. The chart call: "MATERIALITY hesitated at the break to be away last, dropped well off the early pace, lost ground four wide down the backstretch, remained four wide to the head of the lane, angled to the inside of a tiring MR. Z in upper stretch, flashed some interest gaining to mid stretch but failed to seriously sustain."

Todd Pletcher: “He ran very well. He missed the break as he stumbled a little bit, pulled his shoe off and thought he closed pretty well despite that.”

Javier Castellano: “My horse didn’t break at all.  I think I got eliminated out of the gate. He got a lot of dirt kicked back in his face. Unfortunately he missed the break and was almost last around the first turn, but I like the way he finished and I liked the way he closed. I really liked the way he finished in the last part of the race. He handled the track so well, I won’t complain about the track at all. I’ll complain a little bit about the start and the beginning."

May 6 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said of Materiality, “I was very pleased with the way he finished. I was obviously disappointed with the start of the race. It kind of left him in a position where he had too much to do turning for home. I thought he ran very well. It’s kind of frustrating to think what may have been had he gotten off to a better start. But he came out of it very well. He proved his class anyway.”

May 9 NOTE: Still galloping and said to still be under consideration for the Preakness. Trainer Pletcher said of Materiality, “He looks as good as he can look. He hasn’t missed a beat since he came back. His appetite has been excellent, his energy level’s been good, he’s been galloping really well. I’ll talk to the connections and make a decision here soon.”

May 12 NOTE: Materiality was declared out of Preakness consideration, trainer Pletcher saying two weeks was not enough time, and look for him in the Belmont Stakes.

May 22 NOTE: Materiality breezed in company with Stanford this morning at Belmont Park, both timed by NYRA clockers in 1:00.04. John Velazquez was aboard Materiality. Mike Welsch of DRF Live had them galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.04, seven in 1:25.74 and a mile in 1:40.76. He rated Materiality slightly better of the two. David Grening had the gallop-out six in 1:11.95 and seven in 1:26.17.

May 22 NOTE:  Trainer Pletcher said, "I thought both horses worked extremely well. It was a little bit slower in the first part than the Carpe Diem-Madefromlucky team, but they finished up with similar times and a strong gallop out as well. Before we went out, I told them we were looking for something between a minute and 1:01 with a strong gallop-out, so the fractions seemed like they were going to land them in that time frame. I just relayed the times to them and they picked it up on their own through the lane."

May 25 NOTE: Materiality galloped 1 5/8 mile on the main track at Belmont Park today in his first trip back to the track since working on Friday.

May 25 NOTE: California clocker Gary Young said, while stating he thinks American Pharoah will win the Belmont, “I respect Materiality...."

May 26 NOTE: Materiality galloped 1 3/4 mile in his second day back on the track after his May 22 workout.

May 27 NOTE: Materiality galloped 1 5/8 mile and is said to be looking good today.

May 28 NOTE: Materiality gallloped 1 5/8 mile, all routine. Scheduled to work Friday.

May 29 NOTE: Materiality came out for his breeze under John Velazquez and reportedly looked warm. He worked to the inside of Stanford. After starting the move less than a length behind Stanford, they pretty much stayed in that configuration. Both horeses worked well, but some onlookers felt Materiality has worked better. Last week's move was probably Materiality's major work for the Belmont, after which trainer Pletcher said both he and Stanford breezed "extremely well".

May 29 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "I thought he worked very well. "You know, he's the kind of horse who kind of does what his workmate does. It was a very good, progressive breeze, picking it up as they went along, with a very strong gallop out. He came back and he wasn't even blowing. He just took it all very well."

May 31 NOTE: Materiality jogged yesterday and walked the shedrow today, per the norm in the Pletcher stable after a workout.

June 1 NOTE: John Velazquez named on Materiality.

June 2 NOTE: Materiality galloped well, about 1 3/4 mile on a sloppy/sealed track.

June 3 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "He's a horse who has accomplished a lot in a short period of time. Both Materiality and Madefromlucky give me the impression 1 1/2 miles won't be a problem." Also says he likes having this post outside of American Pharoah, and that his two runners have complementary running styles.

Jockey Velazquez said, "Regular riding at Belmont Park is an advantage."

June 4 NOTE: According to trainer Pletcher, Materiality galloped 1 7/16 mile on the training track. Pletcher says Materiality will break better than he did in the Kentucky Derby. We think he's looking for a race like that of Commissioner last year.

June 4 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "He also has two wins at a mile and an eighth. He's by Afleet Alex, who was able to win the Belmont, so pedigree-wise I think he has that going for him. He drew a better post to start with. Hopefully, his time in the gate will be significantly less than it was in the Derby. He was the third horse to load in the Derby, and he spent a long time in the gate. The only thing I can think of and came to the conclusion, he fell asleep a little bit in the gate. He's always been a horse that breaks well."

Why the training track?  "I thought when I walked out on them this morning, the training track was slightly better. The other thing I have noticed, having been stabled here for years, it gets a little crazy over here at the main track in the couple days leading up to it. I just wanted a little quieter setting over there."

June 5 NOTE: Materiality galloped about 1 1/2 mile on the main track. He will walk the shedrow on race day. In today's notes from Belmont Park, trainer Pletcher discussed winning the Belmont with Rags to Riches and Palace Malice.

June 6, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Materiality ran within a length or two of eventual winner and pacesetter American Pharoah into the far turn, but he retreated after that and finished last of eight, beaten 22 1/4 lengths.

The chart call: "Materiality, strung out three wide on the opening turn, attended the winner closer to the rail proceeding down the backstretch, shifted again three wide around the second turn, had little left by the top of the lane and faded."

John Velazquez: "We were going slow enough, with those fractions, but I just didn't have anything. I was in trouble as soon as we got to the backstretch. American Pharoah is a great horse, that's the only way you can describe him. My horse ran as good as he could but he was done early. The best horse won the race. He's obviously a great horse to do all the things he's done race after race, you have to take your hat off to him."





Trainer: Mike de Kock
Owner: Sh Mohd bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
Breeder: Dunmore Stud Ltd.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Dubawi (IRE) (Dubai Millennium (GB), Zomaradah (GB))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Pennegale (IRE) (Pennekamp, Gale Warning (IRE))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-0-2-0-1 (4) 1.00
Foal Date: April 28, 2012

$599,760 Arqana August 2013 Deauville.

On April 21, Mubtaahij breezed three in 36:20 (1/1) at AP.
On April 25, Mubtaahij breezed four in 49.70 () at AP.
On April 30, Mubtaahij breezed three in 37:40 (10/15) at CD.
On May 10, Mubtaahij breezed four furlongs in :49.40 (11/39) at CD.
On May 17, Mubtaahij breezed five on a firm inner turf track in 1.01:11 (1/23) at BEL.
On May 20, Mubtaahij breezed four in 48:34 (2/22) at BEL.
On May 24, Mubtaahij breezed five in 1.03:16 (18/24) at BEL.
On May 27, Mubtaahij breezed three in 38:05 (5/7) at BEL.
On May 30, Mubtaahij breezed five in 1:01.05 (7/23) at BEL.
On June 4, Mubtraahij breezed three in 37:61 (14/22) at BEL.


Jan. 15, Meydan Racecourse, U.A.E. 2000 Guineas Trial, Seven Furlongs. This was an easy win. He "tracked leader, led 2 1/2 furlongs out" and won comfortably in a time of 1:24.86. Dane O'Neill rode. Thirteen ran.

Feb. 12, Meydan Racecourse, Group 3 U.A.E. 2000 Guineas, One Mile. It was a narrow head loss to Maftool. Mubtaahij had a short lead, but Maftool came on and wouldn't reqlinquish. The third finisher was almost 11 lengths back. Timed in 1:37:69. The chart call: "Mid-division, tracked leaders three furlongs out, led 2 1/2 furlongs out, headed 1 1/2 furlong out, ran on well."

March 7, Al Bastakiya, Meydan Racecourse, 1 3/16 Mile. Made the 4-5 favorite in a field of six in U. S. betting, Mubtaahij was an easy winner. The Al Bastakiya is not a Kentucky Derby points race. Mubtaahij prevailed by 2 1/2 lengths over the second betting choice, Sir Fever (URU). He was 6-5. Ajwad (ARG), the third choice at 7-1, finished third, over 10 lengths further back. The track chartmaker described Mubtaahij's run thusly: "Tracked leaders, smooth progress 600 meters out, led 300 meters out, comfortably." Dane O'Neill was in the saddle. The race was timed in 1:59:08.

Dane O'Neill: “I have been lucky to pick up the spare ride on him three times for three wins. He ran a good race in the UAE 2000 Guineas last time, and we knew this extra distance would suit him. Hopefully he has a massive chance in the UAE Derby.”

March 28, Group 2 UAE Derby, Meydan Racecourse, 1 3/16 Mile. Mubtaahij (IRE) earned 100 Kentucky Derby points with an easy win oand is now on his way to Louisville, trainer de Kock said. Under Christophe Soumillon, Mubtaahij broke from post 1 and was settled on the rail behind a pack of four front-runners. Patiently handled around the far turn, Mubtaahij waited as only Tap That (JPN) and Golden Barows (KY), two of three Japanese runners in the race, emerged in front at the top of the lane. Asked by Soumillon, Mubtaahij switched to the outside, ran ahead of them easily and drew off to win by eight lengths. The time was 1:58.35. Maftool, who trailed the 10-horse field in the early going after breaking poorly, got up to finish second and garner 40 Derby points. Favored at 6-5 in U. S. betting Mubtaahij paid $4.40 to win.

Christophe Soumillon: "He had perfect position just behind the leaders and just cruised. When I looked at big screen I could see he had won easily. I was just behind the leaders and the pace was good, so I followed it into the straight. I was going very easily and as soon as I pressed the button it was all over. In the end, I kept some energy for the future, especially if he goes to the Kentucky Derby.”

April 16 NOTE: Mubtaahij is set to arrive at Skylight Training Center in Goshen on April 17. POSTSCRIPT: The plan was changed, and Mubtaahij will ship directly from Arlington Park, where he was quarantined for two days after his April 15 arrival, to Churchill Downs on April 27. Trainer de Kock said to on April 16, "He has to be on the grounds 72 hours before the race, but we'd like to come a day or two before that and give him a little spin around there and let him have a look at it. And we'll school him in the gate as well. I'm really looking forward to it. It's something I've really wanted to do all my life and I may never have another horse who qualifies. Sheikh Mohammed is a keen supporter of the game and he's excited about the whole prospect. It will be nice and peaceful where he'll be training. But after that I'm prepared for the media storm."

APRIL 17 NOTE: In re Mubtaahij's speed fig in the UAE Derby -- Jay Privman of tweeted, "Beyer team does not do Meydan figs on regular basis, but did estimate fig for his race as a 95." Mubtaahij had a time of 1:58.35 for 1,900 meters. The winner of the UAE Derby ran the first 1,900 meters of that race in 1:57.05. The fifth-place finisher, Hokko Tarumae, went said distance in 1:58.08.

April 18 NOTE: No Lasix for Mubtaahij in the Kentucky Derby. Trainer de Kock told on April 17: "He's never run on it, he doesn't bleed, and I'm not prepared to take my chances running him on a substance he's never run on before. He's good enough without it. I'm not experienced enough to say whether Thoroughbreds in general will or won't run well on Lasix, but (in South Africa) we only use it in training in very minute doses and he doesn't bleed so he's never had it. If I gave him Lasix he may run better, he may run worse, but I'm not going to experiment. Lasix is not even a consideration for him."

April 18 NOTE: also reported that Mubtaahij's usual groom was not allowed to travel with him to the U.S. for reasons not fully specified. A feed mix that the publication said was "developed by de Kock" was not permitted in either.

April 20 NOTE: Mubtaahij had a two-lap spin over Arlington's Polytrack surface under regular work rider Lisa Moncrieff. The first was just a jog the wrong way after which he turned and did one lap in an easy canter. He went in company with anticipated Woodford Reserve Turf Classic starter Umgiyo, who was also shipped in from overseas. “We were very happy with both our horses today. They were perky and bright eyed and appear to have suffered no ill effects from the long travel,” assistant trainer Trevor Brown said. “They have settled well and are eating up. (Mubtaahij) will likely go very easy in the first furlong and pick it up from there (in a workout tomorrow)."

April 21 NOTE:  Mubtaahij and stablemate Umgiyo breezed Tuesday morning at Arlington over the Chicago track’s all weather surface. They cantered one lap and then broke off at the half-mile pole with Mubtaahij given a :36.20 time for the final three-eighths. Regular morning partner Lisa Moncrieff was aboard Mubtaahij. “Everything went exactly as planned,” said Trevor Brown, assistant to trainer Mike de Kock.

April 22 NOTE: Trainer de Kock commented on April 21 about Customs blocking the colt's usual feed mixture from being brought into the U.S. because it is not registered with the FDA: "I think that's the most significant thing with all the traveling. It's something that's out of our control, and I understand where they're coming from. But no trainer would like to change a regular diet going into any sort of event. The diet I've changed to is something I do know a little bit about and have used before. But the fact is, it's not what he's used to regularly. How much bearing that would have on his performance, quite frankly, I'm not that sure. But from a trainer's psyche it's not ideal, let's put it that way."

April 22 NOTE: Trainer de Kock said on April 21,  "(In the UAE Derby), they went a little too quick early on with four horses taking each other on at a suicidal pace. It was a little crazy up front and that's why his acceleration possibly could be a little flattering....  He has the ability to sit off a lot of speed and accelerate off that, and that's probably in his favor. However, in America I think we're taking on a different animal in that they can lay the speed down and keep going. So, we have to accelerate; we can't wait for them to come back to us."

April 22 NOTE: Mubtaahij cantered a lap Wednesday morning at Arlington. Assistant trainer Trevor Brown said the horse emerged from Tuesday's three-eighths work in good order.

April 23 NOTE: Mubtaahij (IRE) cantered one lap then jogged a second lap of Arlington’s Polytrack surface. The son of Dubawi likely will do the same Friday before an anticipated breeze Saturday, similar to the three-eighths he did Tuesday. “All good, he’s going great,’ said Trevor Brown, assistant to trainer de Kock. Mubtaahij is scheduled to ship on Monday, leaving after morning work is finished at Arlington. De Kock arrives in Louisville on Sunday.

April 24 NOTE: Mubtaahij cantered one lap Friday at Arlington under Lisa Moncrieff, a day in advance of another anticipated breeze. “They are popping at the moment, really ready to go,” said assistant Trevor Brown about the Derby prospect and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic hopeful Umgiyo. “We are ready to go today if we needed to. Their prep here has been superb, they are blossoming.”

April 25 NOTE: Mubtaahij (IRE) breezed yet again over the Arlington Polytrack on an unseasonably cool morning in the Chicago suburbs. The work was missed by clockers on course, with the circuit’s main clocking crew at Hawthorne. Trainer de Kock employs Fine Equinity, a GPS-based training management tracking system, to record morning work times, heart rates, and more. Their system recorded Mubtaahij working four furlongs in 49.70 seconds, with a final three furlongs in :35.30. The last quarter of the work was timed in equal splits of 11.50 seconds, home in 23 flat.

“I was very happy with both pieces of work,” assistant trainer Trevor Brown said, also alluding to Woodford Reserve Turf Classic hopeful and stablemate Umgiyo. “They had a good blow out and were a bit more intense than on Tuesday. They seemed to come out of it in good order and got right into their food mangers afterward.”

De Kock, with a phalanx of runners at Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday, the richest day in South African racing, pushed his flights back a day and will arrive in Louisville on Monday morning. “We had too many runners in big races today and it would have been much too rushed,” de Kock said from Johannesburg. He was rewarded with two Grade I wins, a Grade I second, and a Grade II victory on the lucrative program. “I’m really looking forward to getting to Louisville now.”

April 26 NOTE: A day after posting a half-mile breeze of Arlington's Polytrack, Mubtaahij (IRE) cantered a lap of the same surface under Lisa Moncrieff while assistant trainer Trevor Brown did the same aboard Woodford Reserve Turf Classic chance Umgiyo.

“They are absolutely bouncing at the moment, we can’t wait to get down to Louisville and pick it up there,” Brown said this morning. “It’s all gone according to plan, touch wood, and we are ready to crack on to Kentucky.”

The pair will leave Arlington after training hours on Monday morning and van down to Churchill. They are expected to arrive around 6 p.m. Trainer de Kock boarded one of the longest non-stop flights in the world on Sunday from Johannesburg to Atlanta and will arrive in the U.S. on Monday morning.

April 27 NOTE: UAE Derby winner Mubtaahij (IRE) cantered two laps around Arlington’s Polytrack surface under exercise rider Lisa Moncrieff this morning and left the Chicago track at 10 a.m. Central time on a van ride to Churchill Downs with an anticipated arrival of 6 p.m. The colt will be housed in Barn 42. There will be a media opportunity with de Kock Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Parlay / Media Center’s media briefing room.

April 28 NOTE: The UAE Derby winner Mubtaahij (IRE) was on the track at Churchill Downs for the first time after the renovation break today in advance of his attempt at a historic feat in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby 141. The Irish-bred son of Dubawi jogged one mile and cantered one mile under exercise rider Lisa Moncrieff.

“He jogged a lap under Lisa and she said he was going so easy, so we sent him for a nice one lap canter after that,” trainer de Kock said. “It was an ideal start to his time in Louisville. I am very pleased with his fitness level.”

The trainer met with the media later Tuesday morning for a question-and-answer session at which he shared more of his impressions from Mubtaahij’s highly anticipated appearance.

“He is quite a character,” de Kock said. “He doesn’t get too fazed by much. This morning was his first morning out there and he didn’t raise a sweat at all. He took everything in.”

Even before his devastating eight-length win in Dubai, de Kock was thinking about the Kentucky Derby for a colt that he suspected would be mentally and physically up to the tall task of shipping halfway around the world. It was a sporting decision by an owner and a trainer who like to test their horses against the world’s best Thoroughbreds, wherever in the world they may be.

“The key thing is to be open-minded,” de Kock said. “We are open-minded about this trip and we are hoping to do it again in the future. Then we will at least have the beauty of hindsight. I probably found the worst year ever to attempt to try and run in the Kentucky Derby, but the way he won in Dubai – I’m sure the jury is still out on the horses he beat – but he did it in a manner that gave one confidence that you could put the horse on the plane and hopefully he will be competitive.

“If he had just won, I wouldn’t have even bothered. He was geared down to win. [Jockey] Christophe Soumillon, who is a good judge, got off and said, ‘We must take our chances.’ The horse must have given him some sort of feel.

“He’s given us a bit of a feel, too. At the end of the day, it is a sport, and it is a wonderful sport. Unless horses, athletes take each other on from other countries, who is ever going to know who is the best and who has the goods and who hasn’t?”

April 29 NOTE: Mubtaahij “cantered one mile, or galloped, as you’d say,” trainer de Kock reported of Wednesday morning’s exercise after the renovation break. Jockey Christophe Soumillon, who has the return mount in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby 141, was aboard.

“I might give him a little blowout tomorrow,” de Kock said. “We’ll see if he eats well again. I might let him stretch his legs for three furlongs. He was quite alert taking everything in this morning. It was like he’d been here every day. Head down, relaxed, chilled. He’s got a good mind and doesn’t get too fazed by anything.”

The Irish-bred son of Dubawi has been among the most popular horses for the growing throngs of visitors. Every step Mubtaahij makes in the morning – from the track to his bath – seems to be chronicled by dozens of fans, photographers and journalists.

“I thought it would [bother me] but it actually hasn’t,” de Kock said. “I understand it and I get it -- the media have their job to do and it’s good for the sport that the man on the street can get that close to the horses and the big players in the industry. I think it’s good to keep the sport strong.”

Even de Kock, who has won nearly 100 Group I events at many of the most prestigious race meets around the globe, wasn’t fully prepared for the hoopla that surrounds the Kentucky Derby.

“I’m blown away,” he said. “I expected it to be big, but not this big. You get told about it, you read it, but until you experience it, you don’t really know. I’ve experienced the Melbourne Cup, which is just a massive, fantastic meeting. There are a lot of good meetings in Europe, Honk Kong, Singapore, but not like this. The most amazing thing for me is that people just get to walk around you. The man off the street, you know, that’s just unbelievable. There are more people walking around here looking at horses in the morning here than go racing at a lot of places.”

Post Position Reaction – Michael de Kock, trainer – “I suppose we’ve got to be happy with that. One isn’t a good one, 20 isn’t a good one. I said we’d be happy with seven or eight and we drew six so we’ve got to be happy.”

April 30 NOTE: Mubtaahij had an easy three-eighths breeze timed in :37.40 with jockey Christophe Soumillon aboard. Churchill Downs clockers also noted the first eighth of a mile in :13.20 and a half-mile gallop-out time of :52.40.

“It was a very easy work just to stretch his legs,” trainer de Kock said. “It just gets them breathing a little bit deeper, gets the blood oxygenated, lets them stretch and get the circulation going into the muscles. I just told him to let him stretch his legs out over the last 400 and just enjoy himself,” de Kock said.

An easy blowout 48 hours prior to race day is part of the standard operating procedure in de Kock’s barn. “I always do it, or nine times out of 10, I’ll blow them out,” de Kock said. “Some of them a little bit harder, some of them a little less, depending on the horse.”

Based on his behavior and appearance at Churchill Downs this week, de Kock said if Mubtaahij doesn’t run big in the Kentucky Derby it won’t be because of the much-discussed daylong ship or the unfamiliar surroundings.

“He goes out there to work and he doesn’t flinch, he doesn’t balk, he doesn’t sweat up, he doesn’t behave like an idiot,” de Kock said. “He’s doing everything right. I suppose he is a mystery. He hasn’t run in North America. The whole Carnival thing is a mystery and the horses he ran against. It’s hard to get a handle on him – why he can, why he can’t.”

May 1 NOTE: Mubtaahij came to the track about 6 a.m. for a very light jog in the one-mile chute, making five laps of roughly three-eighths per lap with exercise rider Lisa Moncrieff. Stablemate Umgiyo, entered for Saturday’s Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, also joined in.

“It’s customarily what we do before races just to stretch their legs out a little bit, keep them moving,” said Trevor Brown, assistant to trainer de Kock. “We’re happy with the way they came out of their works yesterday and all systems are go.”

Saturday will be only the beginning of a busy weekend for jockey Christophe Soumillon, who will ride at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris on Sunday. The 33-year-old will leave Churchill Downs with a police escort after the Derby Day finale is official. From there he’ll fly by private jet to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, hop in a limo to John F. Kennedy International Airport in the New York City borough of Queens, and make the last direct flight for Paris. Soumillon should touch down in Paris about noon local time Sunday and will ride in yet another car to make first post at 1:30 p.m. He’ll ride Dubai Sheema Classic winner Dolniya in the Group 1 Prix Ganay about 3 p.m.

May 2, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Mubtaahij finished eighth, beaten 9 1/2 lengths by American Pharoah and a time of 2:03.02. The chart call: "MUBTAAHIJ was rated back from between rivals passing the wire the first time, angled in soon after, hugged  the  rail  pursuing  the  leaders  down  the  backstretch,  was  put  to  strong  pressure  past  the  five  sixteenths  and  failed  to  make  an  impact."

Mike de Kock: “It’s one of those runs that’s not good and it’s not bad. Those were some bloody good horses ahead of him. He seemed to make a little forward move in the straight in the last bit but not enough. Listen, for all the traveling he’s done in the last month – he’s done a massive amount of work – maybe he’d be better off forward. I suppose one’s really got to dive back and look at the replay, he may be not good enough, I don’t know. But I think he’d be better off forward with less horses, less kickback maybe. We didn’t start that well and we basically didn’t have the speed to get to them. He stayed on and ran an honest race.”

Christophe Soumillon: “It was a good performance. We didn’t finish too far back. We’ll see him again later.”

May 6 NOTE: We have highlighted what we believe is the most important part of this quote about Mubtaahij. After the Kentucky Derby, trainer de Kock said Mubtaahij would get a break from racing. The trainer said posted on his website on May 5, “After Saturday’s Kentucky Derby we had some time to reflect on his performance. We watched the race replay, spoke to some people and got opinion. Mubtaahij ran a decent race and his owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum agreed that his run was good enough to keep him here for a tilt at the Belmont. Going for the Preakness with Mubtaahij will be hard. He will be up against the first three past the post in the Derby, the race is two weeks away and is run over 100m shorter than the Derby. The Belmont Stakes suits us best. Mubtaahij will see out the 2400m, we have more than a month to prepare him.  Mubtaahij will be more settled and he’ll be better for it, he’ll come on from his Derby run.”

May 10 NOTE: Today at Churchill Downs, just eight days after the Kentucky Derby, Mubtaahij breezed four furlongs in :49.40 (11/39) with fractions of 12.60 and 24.40. He galloped out five furlongs in a slow 1:05.60. He ships to New York on May 12. “We’ll have to be (closer in the early going in the Belmont),” assistant trainer Trevor Brown said of Mubtaahij. “It has a shorter home stretch, and we’re going to have to be closer and sharper. American horses are a lot sharper out of the stalls in the first two furlongs than we are. We’ll have to sharpen up a bit. I don’t know if he handled the run on the rail; I would have liked for him to be a little more out.”

May 17 NOTE: "Doesn't matter if they're turf, poly, or all-weather, we'll gallop them on the turf," said assistant trainer Trevor Brown. "We just get a little more out of them galloping on the turf as opposed to working on the dirt. On the dirt, they can come out a little stiff. As for the turf, it's kinder on their legs."

May 21 NOTE: Irad Ortiz will replace Christophe Soumillon on Mubtaahij in the Belmont Stakes. The official line is that Soumillon has a commitment to ride elsewhere on June 6.

May 26 NOTE: DRF Live says he blew out three furlongs in 42 seconds this morning. There is nothing about it on the Equibase worktab. You have to wonder if this horse is being overtrained, but we are not trainers here at The Downey Profile. All we know is that his regimen since the Derby has been far different than those employed by U. S.-based trainers. He is said to be a handful today, so maybe he was just allowed to do what he did.

May 27 NOTE: Another day, another workout for Mubtaahij. It's so unusual by American standards. Today's move was the fifth workout since the Kentucky Derby on May 2, not counting that little blowout yesterday. His five furlong gallop-out today was timed by Mike Welsch in 1:08.71. Irad Ortiz was aboard.

Assistant trainer Brown said, "He went well. He basically did exactly what we wanted him to. The important thing was just getting the jockey on him to give him a chance to get accustomed to the horse and get to know him. Irad was pretty happy with the horse. He said he's ready. I speak to Mike every day and he tells me what he wants from the horse, obviously gauging from his well-being and how he's eating. And he doesn't stop eating. If they're eating, they'll work. Mike isn't shy to work horses."

May 28 NOTE: Mubtaahij jogged seven furlongs and galloped a mile while his rider prevented him from doing too much. I've almost decided he's a throwback to times when horses were asked to do more. That is not what his race schedule shows, but his work regimen is certainly old school.

May 30 NOTE: Mubtaahij really impressed Mike Welsch, as reported by him at DRF Live, during his workout today on the main track at Belmont Park. Welsch got his splits in 24.53 and 36.27 en route to an time of 1:00.97 (per a tweet by @NYRA for five furlongs. Our hair's been turning gray waiting for Equibase to make an official report. Anyway, Mubtaahij galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.12 and seven in 1:28.74. Today's breeze was the colt's fifth workout since arriving in New York and his sixth overall since the Kentucky Derby, and that doesn't count a little blowout in between. Assistant trainer Trevor Brown said he is positive the colt has taken more kindly to the dirt surface at Belmont compared to the one at Churchill Downs and added, "We'll freshen him up now this week," Brown said. "We've been pretty hard on him; that's our normal routine. Two weeks out we work him hard and the last week freshen him up, but he's going good and we're very happy with him."

June 2 NOTE: Mubtaahij jogged and galloped on a sloppy-sealed track. Trainer de Kock said he looked "keen" meaning he wanted to do more. De Kock reiterated his assistant's comment a few days ago that Mubtaahij was moving better over the Belmont surface than he did at Churchill Downs.

June 2 NOTE: Trainer de Kock said to David Grening of Mubtaahij, "I think he's a Dubai World Cup horse -- as long as American Pharoah doesn't show up."

June 3 NOTE: Trainer de Kock said, "He's done well. The fact that he's been settled in one place for a few weeks is good. I'm very happy with the way he's going." Also says he would have preferred an outside post for Mubtaahij.

June 4 NOTE: Mubtaahij blew out three furlongs in 37and change  Mike Welsch says he likes the track fast better than sloppy.

June 4 NOTE: Trainer de Kock said, "He's striding very well here, he stretched along nicely this morning, he's doing well and that's something we can measure," said de Kock who's a proponent of using the EquinITy training device which monitors heart rate, stride length, and medication among other capabilities. "I've been using it for the past two years. We use it in Dubai extensively and England. It's a good management tool as well. You can find races, and put down your medications, and it can flag a horse that can't run that's been given a medication. To be honest, we're still learning but it's impressive."

June 6, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Mubtaahij again ran evenly. He was fourth at the first call and finished fourth. He was third at each call in between. He threatened the winner briefly leaving the turn. It looked like he might get the show spot, but Keen Ice edged him late by a neck.

The chart call: "Mubtaahij tracked the winner sitting loosely pocketed, tipped into two path in the vicinity of the half mile pole, stayed within range of the leader to the top of the lane before backing away."

Irad Ortiz, Jr.: "He's a monster. He's a very nice horse. He's a freak. We haven't had a Triple Crown winner in years. He's a great horse. I tried to be close to him. I kept following him and my horse ran very, very good. We had no excuses. The best horse won the race."


In his first outing, which came at Newmarket on Sept. 26, Mubtaahij finished fifth, beaten five lengths, in a seven-furlong outing on ground rated good. The chart call: "Steadied start, held up in touch in rear, ridden and some headway over one furlong out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders."

Next time was Oct. 4, and he was seventh going a mile, again on turf rated good at Newmarket, beaten 9 1/2 lengths by Aloft. The chart call shows a troubled trip: "Short of room and hampered soon after start, took keen hold, ran green and held up towards rear, ridden and wandered two furlongs out, soon weakened."

Mubtaahij broke his maiden in his third start, which came on Dec. 31 at Meydan, his first race on dirt. His mile was timed in 1:38.27 in a 3/4 length victory. The chart call: "Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, ridden 2 1/2 furlongs out, led final 110 yards, stayed on."



Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: Charles E. Fipke
Breeder: Charles E. Fipke
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tale of Ekati (Tale of the Cat, Silence Beauty)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Verve (Unbridled, Mrs. Marcos)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-7-8-2-2 (26) 2.25
Foal Date: April 12, 2012

On May 4, Tale of Verve breezed five in 1:01.20 (16/27) at CD.
On May 10, Tale of Verve breezed five in 1:00.40 (5/25) at CD.
On May 30, Tale of Verve breezed five in 59.02 (1/23) at BEL.


Tale of Verve lost three times, then broke his maiden in his sixth start, a maiden special weight at Keeeland on April 23, only nine days before the Kentucky Derby.

Those first three races were all at Fair Grounds going two turns. He came in seventh to Vici on Jan. 1, fourth to Bluff on Jan. 22 and second to Deliverance on March 5.

April 29 NOTE: A surprise horse joined the possible Kentucky Derby field when Tale of Verve was entered Wednesday morning by trainer Stewart. The colt's victory at a long distance and his affinity for the Churchill Downs surface were reasons for wanting to take a shot at the Derby, Stewart said. A son of Tale of Ekati and the Unbridled mare Verve, Tale of Verve has run only in maiden races, two last year and four this year. The Keeneland race was at a mile and three-sixteenths, and he won by two lengths.

Tale of Verve, whose only victory came in a maiden race at Keeneland in his most recent start on April 23, ranks 22nd in Derby qualifying points, with 0, among the 22 horses entered. He'll be the second also-eligible runner when post positions are drawn later Wednesday, and won't draw into the race unless two horses are scratched before 9 a.m. Friday.  Tale of Verve worked five furlongs April 5 in 59.40 seconds, the fastest of 21 workouts at the distance that day. On April 12, he worked five furlongs in 59.80, the second-fastest workout of 38 at the distance.

"I know it's a longshot for him to get in the race, but we'll still get a shot,'' Stewart said. "The horse had two nice works here going into that race, and he's trained phenomenal after the race,'' Stewart said. "He's won going farther than any horse in America except that horse from Dubai,'' Stewart said. "It was a mile and three-sixteenths. The other races were a mile and an eighth. They were better races, don't get me wrong, but he's a fit, sound horse.'

April 30 NOTE: Tale of Verve, the surprise Derby entrant that is the remaining horse on the also-eligible list, galloped a mile-and-three eighths Thursday under exercise rider Emerson Chavez. Stewart said that the idea to consider the Derby for Tale of Verve was hatched in a conversation with owner-breeder Charles Fipke after the colt won a mile-and-three sixteenths maiden race April 23 at Keeneland. Tale of Verve has one win, one second and two thirds, all against maidens, in six career starts.

If the colt doesn't make the field, "We'll look at the Preakness; we'll look at the Belmont,'' trainer Stewart said. "If you don't get in, you get your money back on Friday, so it doesn't cost you anything to enter. Then you have to think about if you want to run or not. I train horses. And I train them to run. So that's my job. I told him that his horse has the talent, and he'll be finishing.''

"I always believed in the horse,'' Stewart said. "If you go back to his first race, he got left in the gates with Rosie. It was only seven furlongs. But he went the last quarter in like 21-and-change. I was just blown away by it.' Then I ran him long. He ran OK first time long. He was third here. Then I took him down to the Fair Grounds.''

Troubled trips cost Tale of Verve in his first two races in New Orleans, Stewart said. "Then he just started developing. The races were just too short for him. He was always finishing, but the race was over. It wasn't his fault he wasn't winning.” Tale of Verve displayed his stamina in his victory at Keeneland. “I thought he ran terrific. He came back. He was not blowing. He was not exerted,” Stewart said.

May 1 NOTE: Tale of Verve won't be racing in the Kentucky Derby. Because no horses were scratched before 9 a.m. Friday, Tale of Verve won't draw into the race from the also-eligible list. He galloped Friday under exercise rider Emerson Chavez for trainer Stewart, who said he's planning to work Tale of Verve on Sunday morning.

May 8 NOTE: Mentioned yesterday as possible for the Preakness. Galloped today at Churchill Downs. “I talked with the owner last night. There were a lot of horses that ran bad races (in the Derby), and it wasn’t like they were flying home with the last quarter in :26," trainer Stewart said. "The longer the better for him. If he doesn’t gallop a long way, he doesn’t get a lot out of it.”

May 9 NOTE: Galloped 1 5/8 mile at Churchill Downs.

May 10 NOTE: Trainer Stewart confirmed Tale of Verve for the Preakness and said he'll be on a Wednesday morning flight to Baltimore. Stewart made the call after Tale of Verve breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 (5/25) at Churchill Downs. He worked in company with stable mate Lemon Drop Title, who was also timed in 1:00.40. Fractions for Tale of Verve were 12.60, 24.60, and 36.60, out six furlongs in 1:14.60. Lemon Drop Title, who has been pointed to the Sir Barton Stakes, was out in 1:15.60. Joel Rosario was named to ride Tale of Verve.

May 11 NOTE: Tale of Verve walked the shedrow a day after working five furlongs in company in 1:00.40. “This fits right into our schedule,” trainer Stewart said of the walk day. “He’ll train Tuesday and Wednesday and fly Wednesday and won’t miss a beat.”

May 12 NOTE: Trainer Stewart said, “I was going to jog him today, but, instead, had him gallop an easy mile and a half. He’ll jog in the morning and load at the barn at 10.”

May 13 NOTE: Tale of Verve walked under tack in trainer Dallas Stewart’s shedrow today before being shipped to Baltimore.

Post Position Reaction: Trainer Stewart said, “My post position is fine. We’re in the middle. and he’s a come-from-behind horse.”

May 14 NOTE: Trainer Stewart said, “We are good to go. He picked it up the last time through the stretch and Kortez said he didn’t want to stop. I don’t know how he would do on (an off track). He has trained on off tracks, but whether he will run hard on it is another thing.”

May 15 NOTE: Trainer Stewart said, “He went very smoothly today. It was basically a repeat of what he did yesterday. A lot of them have the same style, and I wouldn’t think we’d see a :48 half-mile or 1:12 for three-quarters. I think the pace will be more realistic like :46 and three-quarters in 1:10, and if they go quick, we will be far back. It looks like he has handled all the activity and hard training well. He just has to get in there and fight and run against the best horses. It is time to see what he has. I believed in him all winter, and you make adjustments as you go.”

May 16, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Tale of Verve trailed the field by 17 1/2 lengths after a half-mile but finished second to American Pharoah by seven lengths in the slowest Preakness since 1956, timed in 1:58.46 on a sloppy track. It was the slowest Preakness since 1956, when Fabius got the win in 1:58 2/5.

Dallas Stewart: “What a horse. I had no idea where he was in the race. He’s a tremendous horse. He’s getting better all the time. Congratulations to the winner. We will see him at Belmont. I think this validated what he is. He’s an improving horse. It was a wonderful run.”

Joel Rosario: “I had a good trip, perfect trip. The further we went he kept picking it up. It was a great race for him. He ran a very big race.”

The chart call: TALE OF VERVE , well back for the opening five furlongs, had a mild advance along the rail on the far turn, eased out entering the stretch, drifted to the four path under left hand whipping in upper stretch, altered to the inside of DIVINING ROD near the sixteenth pole and rallied."

May 21 NOTE: Tale of Verve will be ridden by Gary Stevens in the Belmont. Tale of Verve was shipped to New York after the Preakness. Trainer Dallas Stewart was pleased with the colt's performance and how he handled the off track. "He did well," Stewart said. "It was a crazy day with the rain and everything but they all handled the rain. It was pretty amazing to see."

May 24 NOTE: Trainer Stewart said, "He had a good long gallop all the way around the track yesterday and today under Cortez Walker, who's from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The horse looks great, his appetite is great - he had five scoops last night. He's doing really well. I'm pleased with the way he's handling things up here. You think how many foals were born his year, and of those, there are only nine shots to be 1-2-3 in the classics, and he's one of them. We want to get the win for him. With his breeding, the way he eats, the way he handles himself, I think he can do it."

May 25 NOTE: Tale of Verve is reported to be dappled out. He gallped on the main track at Belmont Park this morning.

May 25 NOTE: Godolphin Racing's well-bred Call Sign, second by two lengths to Tale of Verve when the latter one broke his maiden at Keeneland, finished third of eight as the 5-2 second choice  in a 10-furlong maiden special weight on sloppy track at Churchill Downs. He was beaten 7 1/2 lengths. The time was 2:07.40. It was Call Sign's first time on an off track, making it a bit more difficult to assess the result in relation to Tale of Verve, but he wasn't flattered by the result.

May 26 NOTE: He galloped a routine 1 1/2 mile.

May 27 NOTE: Tale of Verve galloped about 1 3/4 mile, picking it up through the stretch and continuing to make a favorable impression at Belmont Park. He is scheduled to work on Friday.

May 28 NOTE: Tale of Verve joggged a mile and galloped a mile. A workout is set for the weekend.

May 29 NOTE: Tale of Verve galloped.

May 30 NOTE: Tale of Verve has been reportedly looking well at Belmont for the past week. He worked five furlongs swiftly today after being in full stride at the start of the move. Reportedly he was pulled up fairly quickly after the breeze. We hope there will be a video available later today. If so, a link to it will be posted on the Home page. "He galloped out good and came back blowing, which is good because it means he got something out of it," said trainer Stewart. "He came back great and looked awesome. I hope he has another step forward in him; that's what we're here for. He's a big horse and has a great stride, so hopefully it will add up. It's going to be a matter of stamina, and hopefully the best horse will win."

June 2 NOTE: Tale of Verve galloped 1 1/2 mile on the sloppy-sealed track at Belmont Park. Trainer Stewart said, "He went easy in the mud, looked good and had good energy. He's eating well and training well. There's nothing left to do now. We'll just polish it off until the race and see what happens. I think he's a horse that's really bred for the distance. He can take it. He's got the stamina, he's got the pedigree. I think he's got the ability, so it's going to be a real good race for him. I'm feeling real good about it."

June 3 NOTE: Dallas Stewart said, "The horse has continued to develop. He's a big, strong horse. He's sound. His works have been sharper. He's acting sharp. I think he'll be a little closer."

June 4 NOTE: Tale of Verve galloped 1 1/2 mile today and continued to make a favorable impression.

June 4 NOTE: Trainer Stewart said, "A day or so later (after the Preakness) I kind of asked Rosario's agent and he said 'hey I might have to ride Frosted.' As soon as they say that, I go get a rider. I don't play around. (Stevens) actually called and I called his agent and said I'll let you know by tomorrow but we're looking good. He wanted to ride him. He knows how to win this race and he's winning every week in California. He's riding well, and I like to see that," Stewart said.

June 5 NOTE: Tale of Verve galloped 1 1/2 mile on the main track and was wanting more down the stretch. June 5 NOTE: Trainer Stewart said, "He's trained great. He's good and healthy, knock on wood, now we just have to go over there and run. We just have to go out and flat out-run him. That's what it comes down to. "I've always felt he wanted to go long. The distance should be fine. We just do our job - fed him, grazed him, walked him - and we'll do the same thing tomorrow. I don't think there's anything we can improve on - I've thought about it and thought about it - it all looks good to me at this point. This is our job, we have to go make some money."

June 6, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Tale of Verve finished seventh, beaten 20 1/2 lengths. He was seventh at every call except when he was eighth at the top of the stretch.

The chart call: "Tale of Verve was primarily in the two path to the quarter pole, failed to respond when asked after departing the backstretch, moved to the rail to cut the corner into the lane and retreated."

Gary Stevens: "(American Pharoah) ran a hell of a race. That's a hell of a horse. The race was over in the third jump from the gate, it was over. It's great to come back to a screaming crowd in a happy way instead of booing. It's a pretty cool moment."


Tale of Verve raced twice, finishing third going seven furlongs at Keeneland and third going 1 1/16 mile at Churchill Downs. The latter race was won by Curlino.



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