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Uploaded on May 30, 2011
Tizway, returning to the scene of his most recent triumph, turned in a dazzling performance in the 118th edition Grade 1, $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap, the Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.
Seeking his first win since a five-length score in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap in October, Tizway broke alertly from the outside in the field of 11, pressed Tackleberry in second through fractions of 23.17 and 45.57, dispatched that rival nearing the five-sixteenths marker, and shook away from the field once put to a drive by Rajiv Maragh to find the finish line 2 ¾ lengths to the good of 36-1 longshot Rodman.
Tizway's final time of 1:32.90 was the second-fastest Met Mile in history, missing Honour and Glory's stakes record by 0.09 seconds. The Belmont main-track record for one mile is 1:32.24, set by Najran in 2003.