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Flat Out edges Cross Traffic in the Westchester Stakes. (Photo courtesy of NYRA)

This year's running of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap - aka the Met Mile - highlights just how strong of a handicap division we have in all parts of the country.

You have New York specialist in Flat Out, who is 4-for-4 at Belmont Park and took the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes last out using his usual grinding style to get the job done by a head over Cross Traffic, an improving Todd Pletcher-trainee that he'll face again here.

Speaking of Pletcher, he also sends out Discreet Dancer. The chestnut colt is undefeated at the one-mile distance, with both victories coming at Gulfstream Park. In fact, this will be only the second career start outside of Gulfstream for the son of Discreet Cat; though it should be said that he's really never run a bad race.

Unlike Met Miles of years past, there is a very strong Southern California contingent shipping in. Drawing the outside post is Fed Biz, an exceptionally game colt who is coming off strong performances on the Santa Anita turf. To his inside is Handsome Mike, the 4-year-old son of Scat Daddy is extremely versatile on any surface. Sahara Sky, an improving sprinter, has yet to run a bad race this year.

Also in the field are the consistent Mark Valeski and Swagger Jack (in off a Grade 1 victory in the Carter Handicap), and the speedy Fort Loudon.

My Selections:

Flat Out

Discreet Dancer 

Swagger Jack

Fed Biz

$750,000 Metropolitan Handicap

Monday, Belmont Park, Race 10, 5:47 p.m. ET

3-year-olds and older, one mile

PP

Horse

Jockey

Weight

Trainer

1

Cross Traffic (KY)

J.R. Velazquez

117

T A Pletcher

2

Discreet Dancer (FLA)

J.J. Castellano

117

T A Pletcher

3

Mark Valeski (KY)

R. Napravnik

117

J L Jones

4

Fort Loudon (FLA)

J. Lezcano

117

N P Zito

5

Swagger Jack (VA)

I. Ortiz Jr.

118

M D Wolfson

6

Flat Out (FLA)

J. Alvarado

120

W I Mott

7

Sahara Sky (FLA)

J. Rosario

120

J Hollendorfer

8

Handsome Mike (KY)

M. Gutierrez

116

D O’Neill

9

Fed Biz (KY)

M.E. Smith

117

B Baffert

 

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Molly Jo Rosen

Growing up halfway between Hollywood Park and Del Mar, Molly Jo Rosen spent more time at the "horse beach" than the sandy ones. One ride on a pony named Coco at 18 months old had her hooked, and she spent 15 years as a showjumper before a routine birthday trip to Del Mar came with the realization that racing was the life she wanted.

Since then, Molly Jo has traveled across the country working on the best backstretches, frontstretches and farms in the industry. She has held positions with TVG, Churchill Downs, Three Chimneys Farm, and Puglisi Racing, among others.

Now managing member of the Post Parade Racing ownership group, Molly Jo also runs 2yoSales.com (providing data to leading trainers on the juvenile sales), co-hosts the popular podcast Post Parade with The Filly and The Clocker, and can be heard Sundays on "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 am.

Molly Jo serves her blend of pony punditry at FocusedFilly.com.

Image Description

Molly Jo Rosen

Growing up halfway between Hollywood Park and Del Mar, Molly Jo Rosen spent more time at the "horse beach" than the sandy ones. One ride on a pony named Coco at 18 months old had her hooked, and she spent 15 years as a showjumper before a routine birthday trip to Del Mar came with the realization that racing was the life she wanted.

Since then, Molly Jo has traveled across the country working on the best backstretches, frontstretches and farms in the industry. She has held positions with TVG, Churchill Downs, Three Chimneys Farm, and Puglisi Racing, among others.

Now managing member of the Post Parade Racing ownership group, Molly Jo also runs 2yoSales.com (providing data to leading trainers on the juvenile sales), co-hosts the popular podcast Post Parade with The Filly and The Clocker, and can be heard Sundays on "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 am.

Molly Jo serves her blend of pony punditry at FocusedFilly.com.

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