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
A Brief History of the Metropolitan HandicapThe 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 RecordsScroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Metropolitan Stakes:
Honour & Glory - 1996
Most Wins by a Jockey5
John Velazquez (1996, 1999, 2010, 2012, 2014)
Most Wins by a Trainer6
John M. Gaver, Sr. (1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1953, 1963)
Most Wins by an Owner6
Greentree Stable (1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1953, 1963)
Historical Results for the Metropolitan HandicapSince 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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John R. Velazquez
Todd A. Pletcher
H. James Bond
William Clifton, Jr.
Edward P. Evans
James J. Barry
James A. Jerkens
Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.
Buckram Oak Farm
Robert J. Frankel
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