Sport Met Mile 2020 odds, field, predictions: Horse racing insider reveals surprising picks
Santa Anita suffers its 15th horse death of the season
Strictly Biz, a 4-year-old colt, sustained a knee fracture during a race and was euthanized, becoming Santa Anita's 15th fatality of the meeting.The colt was pulled up at the top of the stretch at the conclusion of the race and was taken in a van off the course.
An elite field of older horses comes together on Saturday for what shapes up to be one of the best races of the year, the 2020 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, better known as the 2020 Met Mile at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The eight horses in the field have combined to win 38 races (in 89 starts) and almost $10.2 million in earnings. The Bob Baffert-trained McKinzie, who finished second in last year's Met Mile, leads the field with eight wins in 16 career starts and more than $3.4 million in earnings.
He has been installed as the 2-1 favorite in the 2020 Met Mile odds. Vekoma (5-2) and Code of Honor (3-1) are the second and third choices, respectively, in the 2020 Met Mile field. Post time for the Grade 1 race is 5:47 p.m. ET. With an elite and wide-open eight-horse field ready to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to.
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Based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Weir has been handicapping and following horse racing since reading Andy Beyer's landmark handicapping book "Picking Winners" in the late 1980s. Weir is highly invested in the Beyer Speed Figure, a number assigned to every race run by a horse that measures how fast the horse ran. He uses the figure as the backbone of his handicapping. In fact, thanks to his proficiency with speed figures and top-tier handicapping, he landed one of just eight spots on Beyer's figure-making team in 2017, a position he holds to this day.
Weir's methodology has produced multiple five-figure days. In 2014, he hit a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar. The following year, he nailed a $31,000 Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park. In 2016 and 2017, Weir qualified for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas.
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And this year, his first for SportsLine, Weir has been on fire with his. In January he crushed the Pegasus World Cup, giving out an $8 exacta and a $1 trifecta, winning $757.60. He nailed the late Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park on both April 9 and April 10, hitting for $827.65 and $394.65. On June 13 Weir hit a $2 superfecta in the Ogden Phipps Stakes that paid a whopping $1,039. And he hit the late Pick 4 at Belmont Park on June 18, 19, 25 and on Thursday, with last week's score returning a whopping $2,159.50. Those are just some of his hits this year. Anyone who has followed Weir this year has seen some huge returns.
Now, Weir has handicapped the 2020 Met Mile field, made his picks and constructed his bets..
2020 Met Mile expert predictions
One shocker: Weir is largely fading McKinzie, the 2-1 favorite. This 5-year-old son of McKinzie has eight wins and six seconds in 16 career starts. He is coming off a victory in the Grade 2 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on June 7.
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But two starts ago, he was a complete no-show in the Saudi Cup, finishing 11th. "McKinzie is the most accomplished horse in here, but there is a reasonable question if he's what he used to be," Weir tells SportsLine. Weir prefers three horses more than McKinzie.
In addition Weir is high on Code of Honor, the 3-1 third choice. This 4-year-old son of Noble Mission has six wins in 11 starts. He is coming off a ½-length win in the Grade 3 Westchester on June 6.
That was his first start in more than seven months. "He should be tighter for this race, and if they go too fast, he may run them all down late," Weir tells SportsLine. Weir will use Code of Honor prominently in his exactas, trifectas and superfectas.
How to make 2020 Met Mile picks
Instead, Weir's top pick is a long shot. This horse "is clearly a player by any measure" and could light up the tote board on Saturday. Weir is including this long shot in all of his win bets, exactas, trifectas and superfectas, and so should you..
So what long shot is Weir picking to win the Met Mile 2020? And what other horses do you need to include in your exactas, trifectas and superfectas? Check out the latest Met Mile odds below, then.
2020 Met Mile field, odds
Code of Honor (3-1)
Network Effect (8-1)
Mr Freeze (8-1)
Warrior's Charge (12-1)
Hog Creek Hustle (30-1)
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