The winner of that first leg, the Metropolitan Handicap, was Corinthian, the 8-5 early line favorite to repeat his effort of five weeks ago. He is a worthy and deserving choice.
In winning the Met Mile, he showed much improved early speed, a new pace top, and held off all challengers in deep stretch. In addition to the pace top, his best performance figures have come at longer distances, nine and nine and-a-half furlongs, his best. He has 12-furlong pedigree in his first two generations.
However, we’re taking the Todd Pletcher trained Fairbanks, second choice at 5-2. By definition the fastest horse on performance figures, his best races have all come at nine furlongs, he gets a three-pound pull in the weights, and has a history of racing well when fresh. He, too, should handle 10 furlongs.
We’re sure that Richard Migliore, who rode him to victory at Santa Anita last time out, can remember his way around ‘big sandy.’
Taking Fairbanks to win at 2-1 or more and an exacta box with Corinthian.
Running Totals: (50) 25-10-9 Dollar Return: $147.40 [win selections only]