Bee Jersey wins Metropolitan
Horse wins by a nose over Mind Your Biscuits in $1.25 million Grade I
In the closest finish on the 13-race card at Belmont Park on Saturday, Bee Jersey edged Mind Your Biscuits by a nose to win the Grade I, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap.
Sired by Jersey Town out of Bees, Bee Jersey came in on a three-race winning streak, having most recently taken a front-running win in the
Grade III Steve Sexton Mile on May 6atlonestarpark,andwentwireto wire for his fourth consecutive win.
“He was in a great position and when I turned for home, I let him go a little bit,” said jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. “My horse is a fighter and he showed it today. He was waiting for the other horses and when my horse felt (Mind Your Biscuits), he took off again. He gave me a second kick to pass the wire first.”
Coming to the top of the stretch, Mind Your Biscuits was second by a length before closing the gap, losing in a head-bobbing photo finish. He carried the top weight of 122 pounds, four more than Bee Jersey. Bee Jersey broke quickly, grabbing the early lead, covering the first quarter-mile in 23.08 seconds.
Trained by Chad Summers, Mind Your Biscuits roared back from sixth place at the half-mile mark.
“It’s tough to make up that much ground with that opening quarter,” Summers said following the race.
“We’ll regroup from here. We’ve got two options for the Breeders’ Cup, but we’ll just see where we’re at,” said Summers, asked what’s next for his horse. “I think he showed today he could go, they just got away with a 23 (second) opening quarter-mile and giving up four pounds.”
The win gets Bee Jersey, trained by Steve Asmussen, into the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
“He’s a fabulous miler,” Asmussen said following the race. “This was the goal with the horse at the beginning of the year and now I think we’ll regroup from here and think of how to get him to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in the best condition.”
Notebook: Monomoy Girl, winner of the Kentucky Oaks, took the Grade I Acorn, a one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies and the second leg of the Triple Tiara, beating Talk Veuve To Me by two lengths. … Abel Tasman, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Oaks and Acorn, took the Ogden Phipps, a 11⁄16-mile race on the dirt for 4-year-olds and upward, by 71⁄2 lengths over Ivy Bell. It was the first of three wins on the day for trainer Bob Baffert, and gets Abel Tasman into the gate for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in November. Baffert also won the day’s fifth race, the Grade II Brooklyn Invitational, with Hoppertunity. … Promises Fulfilled, owned by Bob Baron of Voorheesville, led the Grade II Woody Stephens early before tiring and finishing third, 41⁄2 lengths behind the winner, Still Having Fun. … The day’s biggest return for a winner came in the Grade I Manhattan, where a $2 win bet on Spring Quality paid $38.
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Bee Jersey with jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., right, holds off Mind Your Biscuits and Joel Rosario to win the 125th running of the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.