Three-year-olds Conquistador Cielo and Holy Bull defeated older horses in their memorable editions of the Metropolitan Handicap (G1).
Rally Cry will be joined in the Met Mile starting gate by his multiple graded stakes winning stablemate Tommy Macho, making his first start since a third-place finish in the Carter (G1) at Aqueduct Racetrack in April.
Michael Lund Petersen, a co-owner of the successful worldwide Pandora Jewelry company, hopes his Mor Spirit will become an unforgettable keepsake by continuing to win mid-distance races at the highest level.
This week is a column that included the headline, "A Low Curtsy for Tom Fool," written by George F. T. Ryall followed by a stakes report of the 1953 Metropolitan Handicap won by Tom Fool. Both stories ran in the May 30, 1953 issue of The Blood-Horse.
Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew
Trainer Gai Waterhouse notched a ninth Flight Stakes (Aus-I) success when Global Glamour led all the way to take the Aus$500,000 race Oct. 1 at Randwick.
Stakes Races: Belmont, Metropolitan Handicap, Ogden Phipps, Woodford Reserve Manhattan, Acorn, Longines Just a Game, New York, Woody Stephens, Brooklyn Invitational, Belmont Gold Cup Invitational, Jaipur Invitational, Old Forester Mint Julep...
In his first U.S. start since opening the season in Dubai, Frosted delivered a dominating performance in the $1.25 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 11 at Belmont Park.
Big-name horses like Frosted, Calculator, Stanford, Upstart, and El Kabeir will mix it up with Noble Bird, Ami's Flatter, and Anchor Down in the June 11 Met Mile (gr. I).
Racing's big holiday weekends becoming a thing of the past.
Not that plans were ever set in stone, but what owner James McIngvale characterized as some heel bruising has champion sprinter Runhappy targeting the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) for his first race of 2016.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey will prepare Honor Code in New York for the two-time grade I winner's planned Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) start Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Honor Code will now target the Aug. 8 Whitney (gr. I) at Saratoga, McGaughey said. The 1 1/8-mile test will be just his second attempt at that distance and his first since winning the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) as a 2-year-old.
Honor Code turned on the afterburners and flew home June 6 in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, with last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist getting up for second.
The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) is on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard for the second year in a row. With the 2014 edition won by the previous year's Belmont winner, Christophe Clement hopes Tonalist can also win.
The Metropolitan Handicap once served as a Belmont Stakes prep race. Read the full feature by Steve Haskin in the June 6, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse. view slideshow
The Metropolitan Handicap once served as a Belmont Stakes prep race. Read the full feature by Steve Haskin in the June 6, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse.
Two-time grade II winner Honor Code remains on track for his scheduled start in the $1.25 million NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Christophe Clement reflects on the 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist. Christophe also comments on Tonalist's 2015 campaign and run in the Met Mile. watch video
It's been a year since Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes, denying California Chrome a Triple Crown, and the son of Tapit will once again be running on the Belmont card.
After a minor setback, multiple grade I winner Palace Malice will make his 2015 debut in the $100,000 Diablo Stakes May 10 at Belmont Park.
Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice will not run in the May 2 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park after a bruise was discovered in his right front foot, Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell confirmed.
Palace Malice proved his class in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, winning his second grade I a year after taking the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
In the time that has passed since Palace Malice won the 2013 Belmont Stakes, both Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow have retired -- but Palice Malice is still going strong.
NBC Sports Group will offer 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), more than double the number of hours initially scheduled. Coverage includes other grade I races from Belmont Park.
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. confirmed that Itsmyluckyday, runner-up in the 2012 Preakness Stakes, will point to the July 6 Salvatore Mile (gr. III) at Monmouth Park as expected instead of wheeling around to the Met Mile.
A list of likely starters for the five grade I events on the Belmont Stakes day undercard June 7 has been released by the track's racing office, headed by the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap.
Palace Malice, a prohibitive favorite at odds of 1-20, made easy work of his three opponents in the $142,500 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) May 11 at Belmont Park in his prep race for the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).
Just three opponents have signed on to face Palace Malice in the $150,000 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) May 11, when the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner returns to Belmont Park.
Grade II winner Vyjack, at this time last year a contender on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned from a lengthy layoff April 27 to win a seven-furlong allowance at Aqueduct.
Tickets to the the 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), which this year will feature a 13-race card offering $8 million in purses, will be available for purchase beginning March 31.
Some stakes will have new names and larger purses at Belmont Park this year as the New York Racing Association plans several big days of racing at the spring/summer meet.
The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) and four other graded stakes will be added to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) card in 2014 for a June 7 race day that will offer 10 stakes and $8 million in total purses.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Metropolitan Handicap, Ogden Phipps Handicap, and Acorn Stakes. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the Metropolitan Handicap, Ogden Phipps Handicap, and Acorn Stakes.
Sahara Sky, invading from Southern California for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, needed every inch of the long Belmont Park stretch run to catch pacesetting Cross Traffic in a heart-pounding finish to the Metropolitan Handicap.
The Met Mile (gr. I) at Belmont Park traditionally has been one of the most prestigious races in the country, and all you have to do is go down this year's list of entries to understand why.
In its first full year receiving added money for purses from the Resorts World Casino New York City at Aqueduct Racetrack, the New York Racing Association registered strong pari-mutuel handle in 2012.
Multiple grade I winner Shackleford will not run in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, trainer Dale Romans said the morning of the race.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Shackleford became the first horse to win the Preakness at 3 and the Met Mile at 4 since Carry Back in 1961-1962.
Experience and previous success on the Belmont Park dirt surface could be the deciding factor when a short but strong field gathers for the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at one mile May 28.
Jockey Jesus Castanon, who broke his left hand in a fall at Churchill Downs in the 10th race May 18, will miss all of his scheduled mounts for the remainder of the weekend.
After recording his first win since last spring's Preakness (gr. I), Shackleford is being groomed for a start in the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park May 28.
Just a few days short of a year since he began his 3-year-old campaign that may result in an Eclipse Award, Caleb's Posse returned to the work tab Jan. 12 at Oaklawn Park.
Tizway, one of the top contenders for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will miss the race with a ligament injury. Trainer Jim Bond confirmed the 6-year-old horse has been retired.
This year's Met Mile features a deep field of 11. Can you predict the order of finish from first to last? Predict the Order
A large and evenly-matched field of 11 was drawn for the Met Mile, which headlines Belmont Park's Memorial Day lineup that also includes the Sands Point (gr. IIT).
Freshened up since his sensational 12 3/4-length length triumph in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) nearly four months ago, Quality Road is the one to beat in the $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park May 31.
Marc Keller's 6-year-old gelding Bribon came five-wide into the lane and outran a trio of rivals to take the $600,000 Shadwell Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) by a half-length over Smooth Air May 25 at Belmont Park.
West Point Thoroughbreds and partners' Mr. Fantasy and Sequoia Racing's Imperial Council will each try to become the first 3-year-old to win the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) since Honour and Glory did it back in 1996, but will have to conquer a full field of older horses on May 25 at Belmont Park to make it happen.
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