Met Mile Draws Small, But Quality Field

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 05: Caleb's Posse, riden by Rajiv Maragh, wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

It's Memorial Day Weekend... already. (I can't believe how fast the winter/spring has gone by!) The three-day holiday means a lot of good racing on tap around the country, culminating with the Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont Park (post time: 5:47pm Eastern; TV: HRTV, TVG). Two other Grade 1 races will run at Belmont on Monday - the Ogden Phillips and the Acorn - as well as a host of graded stakes action across the country.

Sometimes a small field is a sign of a soft race, especially if it only contains one or two quality colts. Monday's Met Mile only drew a field of six, but the race contains essentially every big name currently running in the dirt mile division. Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb's Posse leads a field that includes To Honor and Serve, Shackleford, Caixa Electronica and Jackson Bend.

Below are the entries and post positions for Monday Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont Park.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer ML
1 To Honor and Serve J. Lecazno W. Mott 3/1
2 Shackleford J. Velazquez D. Romans 4/1
3 Caleb's Posse R. Maragh D. Von Hemel 8/5
4 Saginaw D. Cohen D. Jacobson 10/1
5 Caixa Electronica J. Castellano T. Pletcher 15/1
6 Jackson Bend C. Nakatani N. Zito 3/1

Elsewhere on the continent, no fewer than 14 graded stakes races are slated to run, including the Grade 1 Gamely at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Below is the stakes schedule for Memorial Day weekend:

Date Race Track Age/Sex Dist. Surf.
26-May G2-American Handicap BHP 3up 8.0 Turf
26-May G2-Sheepshead Bay BEL 3up, f&m 11.0 Turf
26-May G3-Arlington Matron AP 3up, f&m 9.0 Synt.
26-May G3-Eclipse Stakes WO 4up 8.5 Dirt
26-May G3-Louisville Hcp. CD 3up 12.0 Turf
26-May Arlington Classic AP 3yo 8.5 Turf
27-May G2-Connaught Cup WO 4up 7.0 Turf
28-May G1-Acorn BEL 3yo, f 8.0 Dirt
28-May G1-Gamely BHP 3up, f&m 9.0 Turf
28-May G1-Met Mile BEL 3up 8.0 Dirt
28-May G1-Ogden Phipps BEL 3up, f&m 8.5 Dirt
28-May G2-Sands Point BEL 3yo, f 9.0 Turf
28-May G3-Berkeley GG 4up 8.5 Synt.
28-May G3-Lone Star Park Hcp. LS 3up 8.5 Dirt
28-May G3-Los Angeles Hcp. BHP 3up 6.0 Synt.
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