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Bribon Wins US Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap
In the US, French-bred 6YO gelding (Mark Of Esteem-Rowat Arazi, by Arazi) scored a half-length victory in the US$600,000 Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap (8 furlongs) at Belmont Park in New York. Bribon (ridden by Alan Garcia for trainer Robert Ribaudo) defeated 4YO entire Smooth Air (Smooth Jazz-Air France, by French Deputy) & front-running 4YO gelding Driven By Success (Precise End-Afleet Closer, by Afleet). At his previous start, Bribon won the Gr3 Westchester Stakes (8 furlongs) at Belmont on April 29 & took his overall record to 8 wins (2 in France before his move to the US in 2006) & 10 placings (including 2008's Gr1 Cigar Mile over 8 furlongs at Aqueduct) from 27 starts for US$735,606 earnings.