Archive for May 2009

2009 Met Mile Results

The $600,000 Shadwell Metropolitan Handicap (G1), popularly referred to as the “Met Mile”, is the traditional Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park, featuring top older horses and some 3-year-olds going 1 mile around 1 turn of the main track. After Mr. Fantasy scratched out, a field of 12 went to post on a sunny holiday afternoon before just 10,099 paying spectators, with Bribon sent off as the 3-1 favorite, exiting a win in the Westchester Handicap after a fourth place effort in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. In to challenge the French-bred included 7-2 second choice Smooth Air, winner of the Gulfstream Park Handicap last out after finishing second in the Tallahassee, and 6-1 third choice Mr. Sidney, winner of the Maker’s Mark Mile on the turf at Keeneland.

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Paco Lopez Moves Track to Belmont

Paco Lopez, the Eclipse Award winning apprentice jockey of 2008, will move his tack to Belmont Park beginning Thursday, his agent, Cory Moran said. Since the end of the Gulfstream meet, Lopez has been splitting time between Belmont and Monmouth Park, but had been planning to ride regularly at Monmouth. However, after riding three winners here on May 6, Lopez attracted enough interest from several New York horsemen who also watched him ride with success at Gulfstream over the winter to convince him to try the Belmont meet. “We are having a good feel about it after speaking with horsemen in New York.” Moran said. We want to give it a try, at least up until Saratoga, and see where we’re at. When it comes to riding ability, Paco has competed with the same jockey colony all winter at Gulfstream Park and wasn’t too far from second leading rider.’ Lopez was the eighth-leading rider at Gulfstream, but missed significant time due to riding suspensions from his days at Calder. Lopez is the regular rider of Smooth Air, who finished second in Monday’s Metropolitan Handicap, and is expected to keep that mount.—-by David GreningDaily Racing Form

Paco Lopez Finishes Second In $600,000 G1 Met Mile

Providing one of the Met Mile’s most exciting finishes; Bribon, with Alan Garcia, captured the traditional Memorial Day Handicap at Belmont Park yesterday a half lenght front of “Smooth Air”, with jockey Paco Lopez up. In deep stretch, Smooth Air and Bribon were stride-for-stride, and in the final yards Bribon surged ahead to win.

Paco Lopez G1 Met Mile

Jockey Paco Lopez to Ride Monmouth Park; Stops at Belmont First

Paco Lopez

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