By USA Today
NEW YORK (AP) — Sahara Sky came barreling down the middle of the track and caught Cross Traffic at the end to win the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on Monday.
The finish was a thriller. Cross Traffic took the lead in the stretch and seemed headed to victory before Sahara Sky unleashed his run from near the back of the nine-horse field. Under the urging of jockey Joel Rosario, Sahara Sky made up ground with every stride and won by a nose in a photo finish.
The winning time was 1:34.17. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, 5-year-old Sahara Sky returned $11.60, $6 and $3.80. Cross Traffic, trained by Todd Pletcher, paid $5.10 and $3.40. Flat Out, who had won all four of his starts at Belmont, paid $2.80 to show.
Mark Valeski was fourth, followed by Fed Biz, Fort Loudon, Swagger Jack, Handsome Mike and Discreet Dancer.
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