- This article is about an American horse race. For the Australian horse race, see The Metropolitan.
The Metropolitan Handicap, frequently called the "Met Mile," is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Open to horses age three and older, it is contested on dirt over a distance of one mile (8 furlongs). Starting in 2014, it is now run on the same day as the Belmont Stakes in early June.
|Grade I race|
Elmont, New York, USA
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 mile (8 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds & up|
The Met Mile is one of the most prestigious American races outside of the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup. It is known as a "stallion-making race" as the distance of a mile often displays the winner's "brilliance", referring to an exceptional turn of foot. Winners of the race who went on to become notable stallions include Tom Fool (1953), Native Dancer (1954), Buckpasser (1967), Fappiano (1981), Gulch (1987-88), and Ghostzapper (2005).
The Met Mile was first run in 1891 at Morris Park Racetrack. Prior to 1897, it was run at a distance of 1 1⁄8 miles. In 1904, its location was moved to Belmont Park. There it remained except for nine years; 1960 to 1967, 1969, and 1975 when it was hosted by Aqueduct Racetrack. It was not run in 1895, 1911, and 1912.
The Met Mile and the Brooklyn are now run on the same day as part of the Belmont Stakes undercard, so it is no longer possible to complete the Handicap Triple.
- 1:32.73 - Frosted (2016)
- 14 1/4 - Frosted (2016)
Most wins by an owner
- 6 - Greentree Stable (1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1953, 1963)
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)
- Russo, Nicole. "Met Mile still a source of successful stallions | Daily Racing Form". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
- "Belmont Stakes 2016 Schedule". www.belmontstakes.org. Retrieved 11 June 2016.