Friday, May 25, 2007

The Met Mile 2007

- The 114th edition of the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on Memorial Day is turning out to be a tremendous race. The contenders include Grade 1 winners Silver Wagon and Latent Heat, Grade 2 winners Corinthian, Lawyer Ron, Half Ours, Silent Name and Sun King, Grade 3 winner Chatain and Bugboys sentimental favorite Ah Day.

It feels like a Breeder's Cup race with so many big time horses running. In this day of ducking and dodging competition, it's nice to see a full, competitive field. I plan to be there with my family. Last year, my then-six-year-old son picked Silver Train to win and cashed a ticket (that I paid for). He hasn't made a pick yet, but my money will be on Ah Day across the board at big odds.

- A horrible spill today in Belmont's 4th race. Jockey Andrew Lakeman was rushed tot he hospital and is in critical condition with undisclosed injuries. Norberto Arroyo was also hospitalized but fared much better. Jason Blewitt on Fox Sports' Thoroughbred Action reported that both horses that were involved seemed to be OK. It takes an event like this to remember how brave and tough the jockeys are. Every ride can literally be their last, and they do it 8 times a day, 5 days a week.

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