The Metropolitan Handicap: Race History & Records

  • Location: Belmont Park
  • Inaugural Race: 1891
  • Distance: 1 mile (8 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds & up
  • 2015 Purse: $1,250,000
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A Brief History of the Metropolitan Handicap

The Metropolitan Handicap, frequently referred to as the “Met Mile”, is held annually during the last week of May at Belmont Park in New York. The race, first run in 1891, is open to horses aged 3 years and up and brings with it a sizable purse of $1,250,000. Along with the Brooklyn Handicap and the Suburban Handicap, the race is part of the New York Handicap Triple, a set of three races for older Thoroughbreds. All three races take place at Belmont Park.

In its long history, dozens of Metropolitan Handicap entries and winners have gone on to achieve great fame in the horse racing community. Past winners include Grey Lag (1923 winner and 1957 Hall of Fame inductee), Devil Driver (3 time race winner and 1977 Hall of Fame inductee), and Native Dancer (1954 winner and top 10 Racehorse of the 20th Century).




Metropolitan Handicap – Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Metropolitan Stakes:

Speed record

1.32.80
Honour & Glory - 1996

Most Wins by a Jockey

5
John Velazquez (1996, 1999, 2010, 2012, 2014)

Most Wins by a Trainer

6
John M. Gaver, Sr. (1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1953, 1963)

Most Wins by an Owner

6
Greentree Stable (1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1953, 1963)





Historical Results for the Metropolitan Handicap

Since its inception, dozens of world famous horses have been crowned winners of the Metropolitan Handicap. In the table below you will find a full record of the winning race entries and results, including the horse, jockey, owner, trainer, and time.

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2014
Palace Malice
John R. Velazquez
Todd A. Pletcher
Dogwood Stable
01:33.6
2013
Sahara Sky
Joel Rosario
Jerry Hollendorfer
Goldmark Farm
01:34.2
2012
Shackleford
John Velazquez
Dale Romans
Lauffer/Cubbedge
01:33.3
2011
Tizway
Rajiv Maragh
H. James Bond
William Clifton, Jr.
01:32.9
2010
Quality Road
John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
Edward P. Evans
01:33.1
2009
Bribon
Alan Garcia
Rob Ribaudo
Marc Keller
01:34.2
2008
Divine Park
Alan Garcia
Kiaran McLaughlin
James J. Barry
01:36.9
2007
Corinthian
Kent Desormeaux
James A. Jerkens
Centennial Farms
01:34.8
2006
Silver Train
Edgar Prado
Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.
Buckram Oak Farm
01:34.3
2005
Ghostzapper
Javier Castellano
Robert J. Frankel
Stronach Stables
01:33.2