Mersad Metanovic is feeling really happy about his colt, Metaboss, which won the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate field on Saturday. Pretty good for a weanling he purchased for $10,000 at Keeneland sale and almost sold later for $60,000.
Now Metaboss is headed for the $550,000 Horsehoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway on Saturday. A win there (worth 50 points) could qualify him for a place in the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby. He’s picked near the top of the 12 horse field, but must beat the favorite, Royal Sun, which won Turfway’s Battaglia Memorial.