True Metropolitan and Sterwins were the class of the field in the $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (gr. III)(VIDEO), and those two proved it by finishing one-two in the 1 1/16-mile event at Woodbine June 7.
Running in the silks of Bahadur Cheema under jockey James McAleney, True Metropolitan took to the early lead and stayed there through reserved early fractions of :24.39 and :47.84, although pressured by Good and Lucky and Bestowed. Good and Lucky pressed the issue at the three-quarter pole in 1:11.72, but in spite of nabbing the lead for a moment had nothing left with which to bid.
Sterwins, meanwhile, was coming from far back under jockey Patrick Husbands, angling to four-wide and closing down as True Metropolitan regained the lead - but he ran out of stretch and was unable to catch True Metropolitan as that one pulled away to a 1 1/2-length lead. It was eight lengths back to Good and Lucky, who held for third. The final time was 1:43.59.
Trained by Terry Jordan, True Metropolitan paid $4.80, $2.60, and $2.30, while Sterwins brought $2.30 and $2.20. Good and Lucky returned $3. Bestowed, Torquay, and Alezzandro completed the order of finish.
A 6-year-old Proud and True gelding bred in Florida by Frank Bertolino out of the Green Forest mare Forest Dunes, True Metropolitan entered the Eclipse after winning the May 3 George Royal Stakes at Hastings Race Course for the second year in a row. The 6-year-old gelded son of Proud and True got that 2 ¾-length win off a layup, having not raced since taking the Nov. 17 Autumn Stakes (gr. III) going 1 1/16 miles at Woodbine. In 35 starts, he has raced to victory 18 times – and has 15 stakes scores to his credit, five of them grade III events.