Horse racing continues to take place daily during the coronavirus pandemic, and on the Fourth of July the Bob Baffert-trained McKinzie will seek redemption when he leaves the starting gate in the 2020 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, better known as the 2020 Met Mile, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. This 5-year-old son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense has eight wins and six seconds in 16 career starts. In last year's Metropolitan Mile, McKinzie was stuck in traffic for much of the race and finished second but arguably was the best horse in the race.
On Saturday he is listed 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 need to see what Hank "The Hammer" Goldberg has to say before making any 2020 Met Mile picks.
The former horse racing analyst for ESPN and NBC, Goldberg became a legendary handicapper by going straight to the source. In 2004, he had dinner before the Belmont Stakes with trainer Nick Zito at a pizzeria in Queens. The dinner led Goldberg to play Zito's 36-1 monster long shot Birdstone to win and on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets. When Birdstone shocked the world, Hammer won $24,000.
In the San Felipe Stakes in March, Goldberg gave out a $20 exacta that paid $180. And two weeks ago he correctly picked Tiz the Law to win the Belmont Stakes. Anybody who has followed Hammer's horse racing picks has seen huge returns.
Now, Goldberg has studied the 2020 Met Mile contenders and released his picks, predictions and exotic bets. You can see them all over at SportsLine.
Top 2020 Met Mile predictions
Goldberg is completely fading McKinzie, the 2-1 favorite. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, McKinzie is coming off a win in the Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. That was his first start in more than three months.
Two starts ago he finished 11th in the Saudi Cup in Saudi Arabia. "I don't think he's reliable," Goldberg tells SportsLine. Goldberg doesn't have McKinzie in his top four and won't be using the horse on any tickets.
In addition Goldberg is high on Network Effect, an 8-1 long shot. This 4-year-old son of Mark Valeski has three wins and four seconds in eight career starts. He is coming off a second-place finish in the Carter Handicap to Vekoma.
In three starts this year, the Chad Brown trainee has one win and two seconds. "I'm sure Brown will have Network Effect ready, and unless the track comes up sloppy, I don't think he loses to Vekoma on Saturday," Goldberg tells SportsLine.
How to make 2020 Met Mile picks
However Goldberg is high on a double-digit long shot who "has a great draw." Goldberg is including this horse in his exactas, and so should you. He's sharing which horse to back only at SportsLine.
Who wins the Met Mile 2020? Which double-digit long shot hits the board? And how has the Hammer formulated his bets? Check out the latest 2020 Met Mile odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Goldberg's picks, and find out.
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)