The Favorite Quality Road at Metropolitan Mile Handicap

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The Favorite Quality Road at Metropolitan Mile Handicap

The Metropolitan Handicap is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race which is held annually during the last week of May. It is also known as the "Met Mile.” The venue for this horserace is Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It is open to three and older thoroughbred horses and is run on dirt over a distance of one mile. This race was first run in 1891.

In United States of America, the Memorial Day was celebrated on 31 May 2010. It is a day in a memory for those who have died in the nation's service. At this time of the year, dozens if sporting events takes place from coast to coast. Also, the major stakes races are held all over the country. The people of America like to celebrate their national holidays with sports events of every dimension and category. But at the Horseracing courses, the one that gathers the most crowds is The Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. The race was run for 117th time on this track yesterday and the prize money for this was $500,000. This makes it the most influential thoroughbred race in America. The Met Mile is a historically important race worth seeing, which brings plenty of Competition.
Grade-1 mile requires a lot of speed and stamina to gain glory at the track, which is the foundation of the American breed. And, hardly there could be any names found in the history who have won a G-1 Thoroughbred horse race at one mile in the world other than the Met miles list of champions.

The contenders for Met Mile 2010 were Quality Road trained by Todd A Pletcher, Musket Man trained by Derek S. Ryan, Tizway trained by Harold James Bond, Convocation trained by James A. Jerkens, Le Grand Cru trained by H. Allen Jerkens, Warrior’s reward trained by Ian R Wilkes, Kensei trained by Steven M. Asmussen and You and I forever trained by Martin D. Wolfson.
Out of these eight, the favorite contender to run on this race was Quality Road. And there was a heavy betting involved over it. He is the Donn Handicap winner, and once was considered among the favorites for the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

Quality Road stamped himself as the best older male in America on dirt today, in the $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap. Quality Road’s opponents made him battle at every step of the way, but the four-year-old shrugged off every challenge for a clear win at Belmont Park. Quality Road completed one mile on a track rated as fast in 1minute and 33 seconds, close to the stakes record of 1 minute 32 seconds set by Honor and Glory in 1996.  By winning again the met mile 2010, Quality Road stays at the position of a Leader of the older male division. He has brought great fame and name to his Trainer Todd A.Pletcher.  He showed class at Met mile Triumph. His trainer Todd A Pletcher said “He’s such a versatile horse.” He set a track record at Saratoga [Race Course] at 6½ furlongs and two track records at Gulfstream at 1 1/8 miles, and he showed today he’s a brilliant miler.
Standing in Quality Road’s way were at least three horses of high quality in their own right Musket Man, Warrior’s Reward and Le Grand Cru. Quality Road was pressed by Le Grand Cru through an opening quarter in 22 seconds of the race and again at 45 seconds. Warrior’s Reward swept into his way near the quarter pole, but Quality Road turned him. He then fought off game runner-up Musket Man for the win. Musket Man, who stood at third place in last year's Kentucky Derby and BlackBerry Preakness Stakes, ran a strong race to finish second on this track. Musket Man was 1 1/2 length clear of third-place finisher Tizway. Musket Man, no worse than third in all 12 of his lifetime starts, finished in front of Tizway, who in turn was followed by Convocation, Le Grand Cru, Warrior’s Reward, Kensei, and You and I Forever.

In a brilliant display of speed and talent, Quality Road has emerged as America’s leading contender Horse. And he has proven that he can win in multiple tracks. Now all eyes are set towards the battle of Quality Road, possibly against Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra in the Breeders' Cup Classic. It will be held at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6, 2010, with the purse $5 million.



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