08/08/2016 3:18PM

The week that was in racing, August 1-7, 2016

Debra Roma
Frosted wins the Whitney

Here's a collection of some of the biggest stories in horse racing, all in one place. Unless noted, all of the links here are to free stories on DRF.com.

Frosted shows new dimension in Whitney

Frosted improved to 2 for 2 since returning from the Dubai World Cup, backing up his impressive romp in the Met Mile with a convincing win around two turns in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga. As the odds-on favorite, the result may not have been a shocking, but even longtime Frosted fans were surprised by how he did it.

Cupid takes wide route to West Virginia Derby victory

Cupid broke from the rail and made a beeline for the center of the track. He raced wide on the first turn, wide on the backstretch, wide on the second turn, and even wider through the homestretch. In other words, everything went according to plan in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby on Saturday at Mountaineer. Cupid won by four lengths.

Paola Queen takes advantage of hot pace in Test

The old adage “pace makes the race” certainly applied to Saturday’s Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga, where the 55-1 Paola Queen proved the beneficiary of a suicidal duel that helped her register an improbable three-quarter-length victory over Lightstream in the prestigious Grade 1 dash for 3-year-old fillies.

Maiden scores in Sorrento

The maiden Champagne Room displayed experience befitting a veteran in Saturday’s Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar. In her second start, she closed from third in a field of five to win, putting her on course for the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 3. The future looks bright for this filly, who may just be good enough to become the seventh Grade 1 winner for her sire, Broken Vow.

Horses to watch

Del Mar:
Trainer: Cliff Sise
Last race: Aug. 6, 6th
Finish: 5th by 5 3/4
Beyer: 62
Well-bred debuting filly was cold in the betting (5.70-1), was shuffled back inside, switched out, okay late run, galloped out well. Tapit filly out of Breeders’ Cup winner Life Is Sweet wants to route.

DRF Plus subscribers can see the rest of Brad Free’s horses to watch from last week by clicking here.

reporting by Steve Andersen, David Grening, Marcus Hersh, Mike Hogan, Mike Watchmaker, and Mike Welsch