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Shackleford adds Met Mile (G1) to impressive resume
RSS Feeds Monday, May 28, 2012

Shackleford wins the 2012 Met Mile - 
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Future Darby Dan stallion Shackleford achieved a feat not seen in half a century, when he became the first Preakness (G1) winner since 1962 to win the Met Mile (G1). The stunning chestnut with the distinctive bald face showed true mettle in the sire-making Memorial Day feature at Belmont on May 28. Shackleford broke fastest of all from the 2-hole, and set fast fractions of :22 3/5, :44 3/5 and 1:08 2/5 under first-time rider Johnny Velazquez. Turning for home under a long rein, Shackleford shook free, and drew out to a 2-length lead. But running hard on the far outside was two-time Eclipse Finalist Caleb's Posse, and those two battled it out to the wire.

Final victory margin was a nose, but Caleb's Posse never got his head in front of Shackleford, whose long and fluid stride and great heart were on full display. Final time of 1:33.30 is one of the faster Met Miles on record, and the winner's share of the $750,000 purse boosted Shackleford's earnings to $2,741,381 off a record of 16-5-4-1.

Front-running victor of the 2011 Preakness S. (G1), Shackleford defeated Eclipse Champion Amazombie in a stirring edition of the Churchill Downs S. (G2) in his last start, on Derby Day. He has also placed in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), Florida Derby (G1), Haskell Invitational (G1), Carter H. (G1) and Indiana Derby (G2).

Shackleford races for Michael Lauffer, W.D. Cubbedge and Phillips Racing Partnership, and is trained by Dale Romans. His connections have stated that their two main objectives this year were the Met Mile and the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), to be run at Santa Anita.

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