Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park

Dave Bond, OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap is on tap for this Monday, May 28th from Belmont Park. A very nice purse of $750,000 is on the line for three year olds willing to race one mile on Belmont Park's main dirt track.

A small but very strong field of six horses will go as the main event on Belmont's Holiday Monday card. It is race 10 on the schedule with a post time of 5:47 PM. Here is a look at the six entries and the past performances that brought them to this prestigious event.

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To Honor and Serve - will make his second start of 2012 after an impressive win last time out at the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes on this track on April 28th. 2011 was good to this horse - he closed it out with a win in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap in November at Aqueduct. To Honor and Serve won three of four starts in 2011 - the only hiccup being a disappointing seventh at the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November. To Honor and Serve has seven wins (three for three at the one-turn mile and two for two on this track), a second and two third place finishes in 12 career starts and may be the best of the impressive field.

Caleb's Posse - won the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile in November during an impressive streak of four graded stakes wins in six races. He has two starts in 2012 with a second last time out in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct in April and another close second in the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct in March. Caleb's Posse has the talent and just may be due for his first win of 2012.

Shackleford - Shackleford won the 2011 Preakness, finished fourth in the Derby and fifth in the Belmont Stakes - he has to be considered a serious contender in this one. He won the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes most recently in his only start of the year and also boasts impressive results such as a respectable 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs in November and seconds in the Florida Derby and Indiana Derby. Shackelford did struggle late in 2011 with a seventh in the Donn Handicap and an OK third in the Carter Handicap but his win on May 5th is reason enough to think that he is back in form.

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Jackson Bend - is a definite contender in this race after posting two impressive wins in his last two starts - the Grade 1 Carter Handicap last time out and the Grade 2 Hal's Hope Stakes on January 14th and also has a third place finish at the Sentient Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in November. He's a multiple stakes winner with a host of runner up finishes in big races. Jackson Bend has a huge heart and cannot be ignored!

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Caixa Electronica - Todd Pletcher trained Caixa Electronica is coming of the biggest race of his career - a win at the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic Stakes. He has a staggering 52 starts with 17 wins and may just be peaking at the right time ahead of this huge race.

Saginaw - comes into this race on an impressive five race win streak - none of the graded stakes variety however. Saginaw has 27 career starts with 11 wins and is running better than at any part of her career.

2012 Metropolitan Handicap Entries & Odds

Race 10 on Belmont Park's Monday card with a Post Time of 5:47 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 To Honor and Serve J. Lezcano W. Mott
2 Shackleford J. Velazquez D. Romans
3 Caleb's Posse R. Maragh D. Von Hemel
4 Saginaw D. Cohen D. Jacobson
5 Caixa Eletronica J. Castellano T. Pletcher
6 Jackson Bend C. Nakatani N. Zito

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