Today’s feature is a legitimate classic event, the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, a.k.a. the Met Mile for three year olds and up at eight furlongs. Three horses of interest are; the favorite, Commentator at 6-5, Divine Park (5-2) and Z Humor (8-1), half of the Ahmed Zayat entry.

Commentator rates top billing and is a deserving favorite. He’s never lost at the mile distance, earns the best performance figures with consistency and loves this surface. Not only has he won four races at this venue but he also has earned his best figures here. He comes back fresh, just the way he fares best.

Divine Park has moved up miles since he switched barns to Kiaran McLaughlin’s. His last at the distance was absolutely first rate, not only showing the ability to stalk from close range in hot fractions, winning his Belmont debut and improving his record at this distance to 2-for-2. Alan Garcia gets the re-ride and he would be the beneficiary if anyone can press the favorite early.

Z Humor is interesting. When last seen he was finishing 16th in Big Brown’s Kentucky Derby and now turns back to a distance more suited to his talents. Three-year-olds have won this race before, based on their talents and weight advantages, he worked rapidly for the race and returns to the surface over which he earned his best figure as a juvenile. He’ll be running late vs. field loaded with speed and stalker types. He’ll likely be a big price and has a nice insurance policy in stablemate Premium Wine.

Taking to Commentator to win, no price restrictions, exacta keys first and second with his main rivals here, and first in trifectas with those contenders.

Running Totals: (211) 68-45-24. Total Dollar Return: $422.60 [win selections only]