Tizway did it his way in Met-Mile

Belmont Park site of today's Met-Mile

Always the bridesmaid but never the GI bride, Tizway lived up to that almighty pedigree of his and won today’s $500,000 GI Met-Mile Hcp by 2 3/4 lengths over “Big Apple” fav Rodman.

Back another 5 1/4 was Caixa Eletronica for the 3rd spot and back 2 more, to fill out the super was Aikenite who nosed out the M/L fav Haynesfield for that spot!

Tizway and Tackleberry did early battle here today going 23.17, 45. 57 and 1:08.66 while Stormy’s Majesty and Caixa Eletronica were in close tow! By the turn for home it was clear it was Tizway’s race to lose as he found that last gear to go for home in an amazing burst of energy to be the very clear winner here at Belmont Park today in an almost event record time of 1:32.90!

Rodman came flying in from out of the clouds for a picking up the pieces, good 2nd too!

Take-Away’s,

  1.  Tizway is finally a GI bride here today, in what was quite probably the Handicap Division’s best performance to date this year. He should get an off-the-charts Beyer rating off this effort too! So for our money Tizway looks to be our best bet, for now, in the B/C Dirt Mile category! Look for him next in something at Saratoga later this Summer as his connection need not rush him back after this giant performance!
  2. Tackleberrys northern-invasion should be over now as even first time Lasix didn’t help here. He should be Calder-bound by now!
  3. Rodman’s charge from 9th to 2nd would be more impressive if this were a 1 1/16 as he might have won at that distance here today but his sub 1:34 effort here spells trouble for all the NYRA middle-distance runners for the foreseeable future!
  4. Haynesfield needs a longer run next time out and more sensible early factions too. He was just in the wrong race here today!
  5. Aikenite was back to soon off his Derby day winning effort. The 4th was find here today but something like the Forego might be more to his liking and timetable, as well!
  6. Caxia Eletronica will ride again in a GII or GIII somewhere and be an odds on to win too!

So as to our picks, well we did manage to give you the 2, 3, 4 and 5 spots and Tizway, who we didn’t offer up, should have made it into your supers anyway as he was the post-time favorite! 

So with Rodman, our long shot taking 2nd here and you only having to do a bit of short leg work to put the favorite into your supers, then $15,123.00 super payout should have been yours in our “supers-only” wagering strategy we had offered up in our pre-race posting!

So 2011 Met-Mile is now in the record books, we start our look forward to June the 11th and the 143rd “Run for the Carnations” in the Belmont Stakes!

See a race replay below!

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Alternation-Ruled Out of 2011 Belmont Stakes!

Well here we go again everyone, the connections of Alternation have just pulled his name of any further 2011 Belmont Stakes consideration!

It’s a shame too, because this one had the pedigree for this race!

So this opens the door for anyone who was “in-waiting” as the Derby and Preakness runners are getting a tighter grip on all the favorite spots now!

Here is a link to the full story!

http://www.drf.com/news/belmont-stakes-alternation-will-rest-rather-run

Stay tuned everyone, more 3yo “air-pockets” just ahead!

Met-Mile is the Big One on Memorial Day with PP’s!

The Met-Mile is on tap here Memorial Day

The Big One is coming this holiday Monday in the GI $500,000 Met-Mile for 4yo’s and up this Memorial Day at Belmont Park!

Some of the finest middle-distance runners in the handicap division will be in action for this prestigious contest!

A field of 11 has been drawn for this half a million dollar showdown, so let’s see whose on this holiday “bill of fare” here for 2011

Free PP’s for this race!

At 7/2 is a very, very thin M/L favorite in local boy who made good, Haynesfield. This one bested Blame right here in the 2010 JGCC race last fall, then went on to duel with Quality Road for the early Breeders’ Cup Classic lead last Nov., all for naught as it turned out! He also, finished 2nd in the GI Cigar Mile late last year and his only 2011 run was a fair 4th in the GIII Westchester Handicap here on 4/30/11. As you will see shortly, the Belmont handicapper made very little distinction among to first 1/2 dozen here for monday’s GI contest, so multiple Supers are where we would direct your thinking with this one!

At 9/2 is Aikenite winner of the GII CD/Hcp on Derby day but before that he won the Cmwlth/GII on the Keeneland poly last month. He has also tussled with Apriority for a good 2nd in a big 80k Aoc at Gulfstream in March too! He’ll stretching out to the mile distance here on Monday but the way he beat Apriority in that GII CD/Hcp the mile should be easy for him to handle ! He’s #2 into your Supers!

At 5/1 is Tizway who always finds a way to be in the mix at the Graded Stakes level where ever they try him. In 2011, he owns a pair of 3rd’s in the GII Gulfstream Hcp by a neck to Soaring Empire and Tackleberry and in that slop-fest around 3-turns in that $1 Million Charlestown Classic back in mid-April! He also finished 3rd in this same race last year, as well. So supers for him too!

At 6/1 are the aforementioned Tackleberry and Soaring Empire!

If this were a Calder race, I’d be all over Tackleberry here as he has been running lights-out in the biggest of Florida G/S tussles this year and has been among the top money winners in the handicap division all year-long. His last effort was that sloppy Charlestown Classic where his finished 4th. Not bad for a shipper going 3-turns around the “Bull-Ring” for the first time, so you may want to toss that race and super him up here!

Soaring Empire is always on the verge of winning a big one but in his last two outings he just couldn’t get around his 6/1 buddy here Tackleberry. Super him because you never know!

At 8/1 is Caixa Eletronica winner of that GIII Westchester over Haynesfield last month and he also tangled with Tackleberry and Soaring Empire for a 3rd in the GpSprtChG2 over the winter. He also bested Mission Impazable in a 62k Allowance at Gulfstream this winter, too. So how do we “not” put him in a super somewhere, as well!

So if this all sound a little incestuous to you, it is! Now you see what we meant earlier when we said “there’s very little distinction among to first 1/2 dozen here“!

Out here at 12/1 are Kensei and Yawanna Twist both of whom you’d want to put into supers because they are very good at the mile distance, if this was any other race and at 15/1 is Ibboyee who is another good miler too and in any other race, again, is super-worthy!

At 20/1 and 30/1 are Rodman a local product who has been running lights-out on the NYRA middle-distance circuit of late and Stormy’s Majesty also of NYRA mid-distance fame!

You wouldn’t be crazy to use them in supers somewhere either!

So after seeing this group, it makes us yearn for the good old-days of just a few weeks ago when we were handicapping a twenty-horse derby field, as you could at least toss-out 1/2 of that field right away!

So our picks are Haynesfield, Tackleberry, Caixa Eletronica, Aikenite and a little Rodman here on Memorial Day, but feel very free to put together your own exotics here because we don’t have the first clue on how this one is going to work out! We’re just glad we didn’t have to put together this Morning Line!

So with 500k up for grabs in the “Big One” this GI “Met-Mile” and a very evenly matched 11 horse field, the stretch run here on Monday should be a sight to behold! So as the phrase goes “there’s plenty of value in this race” is somehow sorely inadequate here!

Happy Holiday everyone!

Louisville Handicap Preview

This one is among our 5 races we’ve picked  for this Saturday on our “Weekend Picks” page.

See what the boys from BloodHorse and Twinspires think of the Louisville Handicap, 1 1/2 mile on the turf!

Some Free PP’s for this race too, but you’ll have sort thru this Nominees list to find the 10 PP’s you will be looking for!