05/25/2012 2:54PM

Belmont: Caleb's Posse 8-5 favorite for six-horse Met Mile


ELMONT, N.Y. – It must be a competitive event when a horse who has won five straight races and what is equal to the highest last-out Beyer Speed Figure among the contenders could be the longest shot in the field.

Such is the case in Monday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap, which drew a solid six-horse field, including four Grade 1 winners – Caleb’s Posse, Jackson Bend, Shackleford, and To Honor Serve – as well as Caixa Eletronica, winner of the $1 million Charles Town Classic in his last start.

The field gained a sixth starter when trainer and part-owner David Jacobson decided to wheel the 6-year-old gelding Saginaw back nine days after he won the Affirmed Success Stakes for New York-breds here on May 19. His 109 Beyer earned for that performance equals the last-out figures earned by Jackson Bend and Caleb’s Posse, separated by a nose in the Grade 1 Carter last month at Aqueduct.

Jacobson, who had to pay a $10,000 supplemental fee to enter, said Friday he plans to run.

“He’s as sharp as he could be right now,” said Jacobson, who claimed Saginaw for $30,000 on March 8 and who has won four races with him in 46 days. “We’re planning to run. His last race puts him in the game.”

This is a different game than Saginaw has played recently.

Caleb’s Posse, the defending Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, was made the 8-5 morning line favorite by New York Racing Association oddsmaker Eric Donovan. He will break from post 3 under Rajiv Maragh and will be the starting co-highweight at 121 pounds along with Jackson Bend, who beat Caleb’s Posse by a nose in the Grade 1 Carter at Aqueduct on April 7.

Prior to that, Caleb’s Posse was beaten a neck in the Grade 3 Tom Fool over Aqueduct’s inner track.

To Honor and Serve, who is 3 for 3 at a mile, including a score in last November’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile, drew the rail and was installed as the co-second choice at 3-1 along with Jackson Bend, who drew post 6.

Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness winner, comes off a one-length score in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs going seven furlongs three weeks ago. He breaks from post 2 under John Velazquez, who replaces the injured Jesus Castanon.

Caixa Eletronica, third in last year’s Met, will break from post 5.

Jersey Town, the 2010 Cigar Mile winner, was not entered due to quarter crack problems, trainer Barclay Tagg said.

The Met Mile is a Win and You’re In race, meaning the winner earns an automatic berth into this year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita, with his entry fees paid plus a travel stipend.

The Met Mile will go as race 10 on an 11-race card that includes the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps for older fillies and mares, the Grade 1 Acorn for 3-year-old fillies, and the Grade 2 Sands Point for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.


Metropolitan H., Post Time: 5:47 ET Monday

Purse: $750,000; 1 mile





ML Odds


To Honor And Serve

W. Mott

J. Lezcano




D. Romans

J. Velazquez



Caleb's Posse

D. Von Hemel

R. Maragh




D. Jacobson

D. Cohen



Caixa Electronica

T. Pletcher

J. Castellano



Jackson Bend

N. Zito

C. Nakatani



Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nothing wrong with running Saginaw at all. I'm singling him. He's sharp. It used to be considered abusive to not let a horse run once a week. Heck they used to have run-offs of dead-heats the same day as the original race. Horse don't have to have 8 weeks between races to be ready to race. Wheeling a horse back this quick used to be considered a good thing. Means the horse is doing good. Leaving JB and CP out.
rdeeps52 More than 1 year ago
Agree with everything, except ofcourse the singling part. He's running against potentialy the 4 best milers in the country
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Yeah....Go ahead, my man. What the heck do CLASS play in this race. HAHAHA. Thank you for supporting my way of life in your small way.
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
5 races in 55 days makes it abusive' according to the article he was claimed March 6 won 4 races since then well lets hope he's up to it for the horses sake.
Rich More than 1 year ago
to honor n serve and wise dan have had the most impressive races this year. can't believe they're giving u 3-1 on em. unload the clip time with great value in multi race wagers. my EARLY pick for HOTY.
rdeeps52 More than 1 year ago
I think the world of THAS, but he isn't facing Boys at toscanova today. he'll have his hands full holding off Caleb and JB. Not to dismiss Shack either. GREAT RACE
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
When you are passed on the mid-turn, you aren't "holding off" anyone. At that point, you are an also ran. Geeeeez.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, no one would think twice about "wheeling back" on a 9-day rest. All of a sudden it's a criminal and suspicious act? Two words: Shifty Sheik. If that little horse can go toe-to-toe with Slew O' Gold in the Woodward, and he did, look at the race on YouTube, Saginaw belongs here. For all the whining that goes on on these pages about just how weak and fragile horses are today and how no one is inclined to actually race, what happens when someone goes old-skool and attempt to actually race? Some people whine about it. I'm not David Jacobson's biggest fan, I still remember Hugable Tom, after all, but here I grudgingly admire his sportsmanship. I don't think Saginaw wins, but I bet he hits the board and makes a better race out of an already exciting Met.
David Sias More than 1 year ago
What an awesome field this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shackleford wins
Edward Kelly More than 1 year ago
Regardless of that embarrssing article by Dick Jerardi claiming Beyer figures are "science", this horse didn't run a Grade 1 winning race 9 days ago, sorry. Good-luck trying to step up to the class of this field. We'll see how scientific tha 109 Beyer was. I don't care if Saginaw had 6 weeks, he isn't in this class. The Met is a Grade 1 that makes Sires of Sires.
David Sias More than 1 year ago
True, always a classy event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, too bad some of the comments here aren't as classy. Saginaw belongs.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Right idea on class. Wrong idea on Beyer figs. You "read" the article, but did you READ the article. Not all 109's are the same.
Chas Glazer More than 1 year ago
This will be a good old fashion stretch throw down between Caleb's Posse and To Honor and Serve....a toss up that have To Honor trying to hold off the fast closing Caleb's...Clean the lens on the Photo machine...Nose wins it...
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
saginaw has no shot, not even oscar barrera could juice him up enough to win the met mile
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
When Jacobson breaks this horse down, they should snap his legs in the winner's circle... And when he heals up... Do it again. To run this horse so hard is wrong, just plain wrong.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So that neg makes the count oh and one... one strike and no balls. I'm sticking up for a racehorse here you puke.
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
Calebs Posse will finally show everyone how great a one turn horse he is 8-5 is an overlay for sure--and i respect the hell out of the others
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
You are an idiot. The horse has no shot, but your comment is just plain stupid.