Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association, Inc.
WHAT HORSE HAS THE RECORD FOR THE FASTEST TIME AND THE LONGEST WIN DISTANCE IN THE MET MILE?
The Metropolitan Handicap (GII), also known as the Met Mile, is one the most prestigious races for 3-year-olds and up run in the United States. It is run as part of a major racing day which features the Belmont Stakes (GI). Its prowess comes from the skill and brilliance needed by a horse to win the race. The eight-furlong distance demands speed and stamina. Because of this mixture the Met Mile has been labeled a “stallion making race”. History supports that with some winners going on to be brilliant stallions---Tom Fool (1953), Native Dancer (1954), Buckpasser (1967, Fappiano (1981), Gulch (1987-88) and Ghostzapper (2005). The horse we are looking for is just beginning to be recognized on the track and in the sales ring. He is the son of Tapit. His sheer brilliance was shown in 2016 when he won both the Met Mile and the Whitney Stakes at very divergent differences. He won the Met Mile by 14 ¼ lengths and in a time of 1.32.73. These two records stand today. The horse, of course, is Frosted. He was owned by Godolphin, trained by Kiarin McLaughlin and ridden by Joel Rosario.