Bet on The Met Mile
Better known as the “Met Mile”, the Metropolitan Handicap is held every year at Belmont Park, typically on the undercard of the Belmont Stakes, and attracts a field of the best one-mile racing thoroughbreds in the country. Listed as a Grade I event, the Met Mile carries a purse of $750,000 and is open to horses three years and older, running over the Belmont dirt track. First run at Morris Park Racetrack in 1891 at 1 1/8 miles, the first winner of the race was Tristan. It’s been a 1-mile race since 1897.
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2016 Metropolitan Handicap Contenders
The 2016 edition of the Metropolitan Mile (G1) has been set and the field is one of the more wide open in recent memories. Because the race is a one-turn mile, the historic event traditionally draws both sprinters stretching out and two-turn horses cutting back in distance and this year is no exception.
Frosted, freshened after a fifth-place finish behind California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup (G1), tops the field at odds of 7-2 and is one of two horses in the race for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Frosted has been training forwardly for his return to the races and will be trying for his fifth career victory.
There is no shortage of challengers, however. Trainer Todd Pletcher is scheduled to saddle three horses – Blofeld, Stanford and Anchor Down. Stanford has been in competitive form since returning off of a seven-month layoff and was last seen winning the Charles Town Classic (G2).
Here is the field for the 2016 Metropolitan Mile along with morning line odds.
1. El Kabeir, 30-1
2. Blofeld, 10-1
3. Donworth, 20-1
4. Noble Bird, 9-2
5. Frosted, 7-2
6. Upstart, 20-1
7. Stanford, 5-1
8. Ami’s Flatter, 6-1
9. Sloane Avenue, 15-1
10. Tamarkuz, 20-1
11. Calculator, 10-1
12. Anchor Down, 12-1
13. Marking, 8-1
Did you know?
The Met Mile is considered the first leg of the New York Triple Handicap series, which includes Suburban Handicap and the Brooklyn Handicap. Over the years, four horses have swept the Triple, including Whisk Broom II (1913); Tom Fool (1953); Kelso (1961); and Fit to Fight (1984). Devil Diver won the race three consecutive years, from 1943-45, as did Equipoise in 1932 to 1934, although he was DQ’d in 1934 and the win awarded to Mr. Kayyam. Four other horses have won twice, with the most recent being Gulch in 1987 and 1988.