Metropolitan Handicap

50-Year Flashback: Arts And Letters’ Travers Makes Banner Year For New York Sports

As a 2-year-old, Arts and Letters was good but not outstanding, winning two of his six starts. It was as a 3-year-old in 1969-50 years ago this summer-that the chestnut colt bred and raced by Hall of Famer Paul Mellon, trained by Hall of Famer Elliott Burch and ridden by another Hall of Famer in […]

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Mitole Stretches His Speed To Hold Off Favored McKinzie In Thrilling Met Mile

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole proved in his last start that he could stretch his speed to seven furlongs, and this Saturday he stretched it even farther to win a talent-laden edition of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Eskendereya colt and Ricardo Santana were sent to post at 7-2, rated […]

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Pletcher: Coal Front Finally Getting The Credit He Deserves Ahead Of Metropolitan

It is a tribute to the strength of the field for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap that a horse who hasn’t lost since last winter and whose most recent effort toppled an international gathering of standouts is no better than fifth choice on the morning line for the historic eight-furlong test. Earning […]

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Bonus Offered To Juveniles By Runhappy At Saratoga In 2020

A $100,000 bonus will be paid to any offspring of champion sprinter Runhappy who wins an unrestricted maiden race during the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course in 2020, when his progeny will race for the first time as 2-year-olds. The bonus will be paid by Jim McIngvale, whose colors Runhappy carried while winning seven […]

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Baffert Has Formidable Contingent Pointing To Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Remaining on target for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on June 8 is multiple graded stakes winner McKinzie. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram, and Paul Weitman, has made three starts this year for trainer Bob Baffert, beginning his 2019 campaign with […]

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Met Mile On The Table For Two-Time Dubai World Cup Winner Thunder Snow

The quirky horse made history earlier this year when he doubled up in the Dubai World Cup, and Godolphin’s Thunder Snow is far from finished with his racing career. According to, the 5-year-old son of Helmet could next start in the Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont Park. “Thunder Snow is doing good and worked […]

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Met Mile Next Target For Firenze Fire After Convincing Runhappy Score

Mr. Amore Stable’s homebred Firenze Fire surged to the lead at the top of the lane en route to a convincing score in Saturday’s $150,000 Runhappy, a six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up at Belmont Park. Trained by Jason Servis, the 4-year-old Poseidon’s Warrior colt was quickest out of the gate under Irad Ortiz, Jr. […]

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Met Mile Winner Bee Jersey To Stand 2019 Season At Darby Dan

Bee Jersey, winner of this year’s Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3), has been retired and will stand the upcoming breeding season for $5,000 S&N at Darby Dan Farm. Bee Jersey scored the biggest win of his career in the historic $1,200,000 Metropolitan Handicap in June. Sent off as the race favorite, […]

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Bee Jersey Retired Due To Tendon Injury, Stud Plans Pending

Charles Fipke’s homebred Grade 1 winner Bee Jersey has been retired from racing after injuring a tendon. The four-year-old colt was considered the leading miler in North America this year. He won the G1 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” race, at Belmont Park on June 9 in his final start, defeating […]

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