DARLEY’S two new shuttlers for 2017, Frosted (USA) and Territories (IRE), combine outstanding race records with some of the most commercial bloodlines in the world today. Triple Gr.1 winner Frosted is a son of US sire sensation Tapit, leading sire there for the past three years, while Gr.1 winner Territories is a son of Invincible Spirit (IRE), sire of boom Australian stallion I Am Invincible.
What’s more, both have dam lines with links to Australia and pedigrees that should suit the Danehill breed. This is an important consideration when you realise the Danzig son is in the make up of more than 50% of the foals born here each season. Frosted (Tapit-Fast Cookie by Deputy Minister), a handsome grey who won more than $US3.9m, looks an exciting addition to the Northwood Park roster in Victoria where his barn mates will include a local “new boy” in the shape of Gr.1-winning sprinter Holler (Commands-Shouts by Strategic), a member of the family that produced star sire Written Tycoon.
Frosted was in the first three in 14 of his 19 starts and was also fourth in the Kentucky Derby-Gr.1. He won six races from 1600m-1900m. He won over 1600m at Aqueduct in four starts at two when also runner-up behind Leave the Light On in the Remsen Stakes-Gr.2 (1800m) at the same track.
He was runner-up in the Holy Bull Stakes-Gr.2 when he resumed at three and two starts later beat a high-class field of three year-olds when he collected the Wood Memorial-Gr.1 (9f), a race won by his sire, running 1:50.31 on a fast track, before his fourth behind American Pharoah in the Derby and a second behind that horse in the Belmont Stakes-Gr.1, the final leg of the three year-old Triple Crown, the winner being the first horse to take all three events since Affirmed won in 1978.
The previous winner of the Triple Crown was Frosted’s great-great grandsire Seattle Slew in 1977 (he’s inbred to that horse), and only 12 thoroughbreds have claimed that honour. Frosted continued his frustrating run in major races with a second in the Jim Dandy-Gr.2 and a third in the Travers-Gr.1 (behind Keen Ice and American Pharoah), before winning the $US1m Pennsylvania Derby-Gr.2.
He ended the year with an unplaced run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic-Gr.1. Taken to Dubai to start his four year-old season, he won a Gr.2 at Meydan and was then fifth behind California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup-Gr.1 in late March 2016. Back in the US, he scored a stunning 14.25 length win in the $US1.25m Metropolitan Handicap-Gr.1 (1600m) at Belmont Park in stakes record time of 1:32.73.
He struck another fast track in the Whitney Handicap-Gr.1 (9f) at Saratgoa on August 6, running 1:47.77, before a third in the Woodward Stakes-Gr.1 and an unplaced run behind California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic-Gr.1, closing his career with a record of six wins, six seconds and two thirds in 19 starts and earnings of $US3,972,462. He had a World Thoroughbred Ranking of 120 at three and 126 at four.
Frosted’s sire Tapit (Pulpit-Tap Your Heels by Unbridled) whose 2017 fee at Gainesway, Kentucky is $US300,000, won three of his six starts at two and three including the Laurel Futurity-Gr.2 (8.5f) in an unbeaten two-start juvenile career and the Wood Memorial-Gr.1 the following season.
He was an immediate success at stud and in 2016 was Champion US Sire with earnings of $US19.25m and five Gr.1 winners, his third successive season at the top. He’s had more than 600 winners of $US110m including 94 stakes winners (8%) and 93 stakes placed runners.
His 21 Gr.1 stars include number Breeders’ Cup Distaff heroine Untappable (Prized), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound (Tarr Road), Champion 2YO Colt Hansen (Sir Cat), Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist (Pleasant Colony) along with Creator (Privately Held), Tapitsfly (Marlin), Ring Weekend (Cryptoclearance), Joyful Victory (Wild Again) and Careless Jewel (Hennessy).
Other Gr.1 winners are from daughters of Deputy Minister, Kris S, Mr Greeley, El Prado, Editor’s Note, Tabasco Cat, Bluegrass Cat and Carson City. Tapit’s dam, Tap Your Heels (4fx3f In Reality), was a stakes winner at two and is a three-quarter sister to 1992 US Champion Sprinter Rubiano (Fappiano), both being from the Nijinsky mare Ruby Slippers.
Tapit is 3fx4m to Mr. Prospector and 5fx3f to Nijinsky. His sire Pulpit (A.P. Indy) was a dual Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 runner-up at three, winning four of his six starts and his fourth dam Monarchy is a sister to Round Table.
Frosted’s dam Fast Cookie was certainly aptly named winning nine races from 1200m-1700m including the Cotillion Handicap-Gr.2 and Frosted is the best of her four winners from five foals to race. She is a daughter of successful sire Deputy Minister (Vice Regent), best known in this part of the world through his very good sire son and Champion US 2YO Colt Dehere (USA).
Her dam, Fleet Lady, also excelled on the track, winning 10 races from 1200m-1800m, two at Gr.2 level, and was a Gr.1 runner-up in the Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park. She is by the fast juvenile Avenue of Flags (Seattle Slew-Beautiful Glass by Pass the Glass, a half-brother to Alabama Stud’s sire success Beautiful Crown (USA) (Chief’s Crown) and Gr.1 winner Jeanne Jones (Nijinsky).
Fleet Lady’s six winners include the Champion US 2YO Colt of 2008 Midshipman (Unbridled’s Song) and Listed winner Regina Maria (Medaglia d’Oro (USA)), while her unraced daughter Fleeting Touch (by the Deputy Minister horse Touch Gold) is the dam of VRC Sires’ Produce-Gr.2 winner Running Tall (Stratum). Third dam Dear Mimi (Roberto-Carnival Princess by Prince John), family 16g, is a half-sister to Gr.1 winner and sire Salse (Topsider) and her dam is a half-sister to Gr.1 winner Carnuba (Noholme) and from Carnival Queen (Amerigo-Circus Ring by Bull Dog). Further back this is the family of Miswaki and Manila.