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Everything the connections of Frosted threw at the son of Tapit in 2015 he handled, practically begging for more and ultimately rewarding them for training the gray colt like a star from days gone by.

Frosted was never able to foil rival American Pharoah, finishing behind the Triple Crown winner in the Kentucky Derby (fourth), Belmont Stakes (second) and Travers Stakes (third, to American Pharoah's second). He did make a mark for himself in 2015, winning the Grade 1 Wood Memorial and Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, all while marveling his connections.

We documented the progress of Frosted in the days following his Pennsylvania Derby win and leading up to his run in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic in a story titled "The ultimate workhorse" that ends the year as the 13th most popular piece on This Is Horse Racing.

The story detailed how Frosted emerged from his gallant run in the Travers, so good that Neal McLaughlin asked his brother and trainer Kiaran, "When's his next race, boss? I can't keep him, he's screaming, he's hollering."

Frosted trained at Darley's Greentree Training Center for a significant portion of the year, including immediately following the Belmont Stakes and right until he left for Kentucky the week of the Breeders' Cup. Exercise rider Rob Massey was literally along for the ride and called Frosted "an exception to the rule. He loves to work. He loves his job."

Check out No. 13 on our 15 for 2015 list of popular stories

13: The ultimate workhorse

 

Other stories in the 15 for 2015

14: Horse racing in Georgia?

15: Savoring the moment at the Triple Crown