Frosted heats up and wins Pennsylvania Derby

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BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) Frosted rallied from fifth place under jockey Joel Rosario and won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by two lengths over Iron Fist on Saturday.

With Triple Crown winner American Pharoah back in his barn at Santa Anita in California, Frosted was clearly the best of this bunch of 3-year-olds.

Rosario, who was injured and just before the Travers Stakes in August and was replaced by Jose Lezcano, didn’t even need to go to his whip to win the 1 1/8-mile race at Parx Racing.

Winning time for the gray son of Tapit was 1 minute, 50 seconds.

Frosted, likely headed next to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 to take on American Pharoah, won for the fourth time in 12 starts. He returned $6.20 for a $2 win bet as the 2-1 favorite.

I’m a Chatterbox won the $1 million Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies earlier in the day. She is headed next to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Stradivarius, 3-time Ascot Gold Cup winner, retired to stud

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LONDON – Stradivarius, one of the most famous racehorses in Britain and Ireland after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot three times, has been retired to stud.

Bjorn Nielsen, the owner of Stradivarius, said he felt it would be unfair to make the horse come back next season as a 9-year-old after time away with a bruised foot.

“It has been a fairytale from start to finish,” Nielsen told British newspaper The Racing Post.

Stradivarius, bred in Ireland and the son of Sea The Stars, won 20 of his 35 races – including seven Group One races – and earned almost 3.5 million pounds (now $3.8 million) in prize money.

Stradivarius won four Goodwood Cups, three Yorkshire Cups and two Doncaster Cups.

Taiba wins $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for Baffert

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BENSALEM, Pa. – Taiba won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by three lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Taiba ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.67 and paid $4.80, $3 and $2.60.

It was Baffert’s fourth win in the Grade 1 event at Parx Racing. He also won in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Smith won the race for the third time, all aboard Baffert horses.

Zandon returned $3.80 and $2.60. Cyberknife was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.

Taiba was coming off a second-place finish in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth in July. The colt was 12th in the Kentucky Derby under Tim Yakteen, who took over training him while Baffert was serving a 90-day suspension.

“He had a little bit of a rough trip in the Haskell, but we had some time to get him ready for this one,” Baffert said from his base in California. “He proved today he is a good horse. He is getting better and better.”

Baffert Taiba will be pointed toward the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. The colt has three wins in five starts this year.