The $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (G1) is a Memorial Day tradition at Belmont Park in New York, celebrating its 114th running this year. Nine older horses went into the gate in this 1 mile main track feature before a live audience of 14,901, under ideal racing conditions. Lawyer Ron was the 8-5 favorite off his win in the Oaklawn Handicap, over 7-2 second choice Sun King, third in the Westchester last time out and second in last year's Met Mile. The coupled entry of Carter winner Silver Wagon and stablemate Mr. Umphrey were the 9-2 third choice.
Mr. Umphrey, 21-1 Half Ours, and 9-1 Latent Heat contested the early pace down the backstretch, getting the initial quarter in 23.21 and the half mile in 45.70 over the fast main track. 10-1 Corinthian stalked them in fourth with favorite Lawyer Ron behind him in fifth. Turning for home, the two frontrunners tired and dropped from contention allowing Latent Heat a brief taste of the lead at the 5/16 pole, getting 3/4 mile in 1:10.29. Lawyer Ron put in his bid at the top of the stretch, moving up to second. However, Corinthian has plenty left in the tank, passing the tiring pacesetters on the outside and taking over the lead at the 1/8 pole. 24-1 longest shot Political Force closed well late but Corinthian held him off to win by 3/4 length in a time of 1:34.77, completing an all-Jerkens exacta with son Jimmy getting the win and father Allen taking second. Lawyer Ron was another 1/2 length back in third, while Sun King was 3 lengths back in fourth. Silver Wagon lacked a rally and finished sixth.
Part 1 - the Sheepshead Bay Handicap on Saturday and the Jaipur Stakes on Sunday