Above: Frosted standing at Darley Northwood Park, Victoria

Travel Column (USA) became Frosted‘s (USA) first American stakes winner overcoming a checkered passage in Saturday’s G2 Golden Rod S. at Churchill Downs.

A half-step slow out of the gates, Travel Column was last to make the clubhouse turn and was taken hold of by Florent Geroux as Farsighted (USA) (Bernardini {USA}) took them along at a sensible clip.

The US$850,000 (AU$1.15 million) Fasig-Tipton Saratoga acquisition was slipped a bit of rein at about midway and improved her position into midfield and within striking distance as they hit the turn. Going well as they neared the stretch, Travel Column had absolutely nowhere to go and was carefully maneuvered across three sets of heels to lay down a four-path challenge in the final furlong. Recent debut winner Clariere (USA) (Curlin {USA}) hit the front with time ticking away, but Travel Column had the answers and raced past that one en route to a determined success.

Travel Column ranks as the most expensive of her sire’s 67 first-crop yearlings reported as sold in 2019. The second black-type winner (Frosted’s Australian-bred son Ingratiating was a Listed winner at his first asking at Flemington Racecourse on October 3), Travel Column is a half-sister to an American Pharoah (USA) colt that fetched US$1.25 million (AU$1.67 million) from Speedway Stables to be the second most expensive horse at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase in September.

Article courtesy of TDN