When Larry Best plucked a gray yearling filly by Frosted out of the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select, he said the “physical matched the promise” of his new expensive purchase. It took $850,000 to get her, the highest amount paid for any offspring of the freshman sire, but the beautiful filly with the hefty price tag already is paying dividends.
As Travel Column roared down the Churchill Downs stretch on Saturday, it was difficult to see the beauty that Best had fallen for 15 months earlier. She was covered from head to toe in dirt. Her journey in the Grade 2 Golden Rod had been anything but easy.
Breaking a half-step slow, as she had done in her stakes debut when finishing third in the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland, the second choice in the field of nine was squeezed back to last early in the 1 1/16-mile test.
Travel Column stayed at the back of the pack and on the rail for…