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A five-time stakes winner in his 10-race career and earner of $617,910, Post Time looks to add a Grade 1 victory to his credentials Saturday at Saratoga, when he heads postward in a stalwart edition of the Met Mile-G1 as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

The gray 4-year-old colt, named champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old of 2022, has been almost flawless this year. He started his campaign with three stakes wins in as many starts, including a heart-stopping neck victory in the Carter Stakes-G2 at Aqueduct April 6. He suffered his first defeat of the season in the May 3 Westchester-G3 at the Big A, when he finished second by three-quarters of a length. Since then, he’s had three timed drills at Fair Hill for trainer Brittany Russell, and arrived at Saratoga Wednesday morning.

“We’re going for it,” Russell told the Maryland Jockey Club press office following Post Time’s workout last Saturday. “Why not? The horse is doing nothing wrong. He’s training great. Everything about him is just good right now. It’s a big deal. It’s a big race and you have a horse good enough to consider it and a horse that’s doing fantastic. I think we’d be silly not to try now.”

The Met Mile, which will be contested at Saratoga for the first time, will begin out of the track’s unique Wilson chute, which launches the horses directly into the first turn. “It’s going to be interesting, right?” Russell continued. “It’s not your normal one-turn mile. You’re coming out of the chute there and, look, anything can happen. You’re going to need a good post position, you’re going to need a good trip. Let’s go for it.”

Post Time drew post position three in the Met Mile, with Sheldon Russell named to ride. He’s the 7-2 third choice on the morning line in a six-horse field which includes the likes of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner White Abarrio and National Treasure, the winner of last year’s Preakness Stakes-G1 and this year’s Pegasus World Cup-G1. 

A son of Frosted, Post Time was bred by Tom and Chris Bowman, their son Dr. Brooke Bowman, and longtime partner Milton P. Higgins III and is owned by Hillwood Stable LLC and trained by Brittany Russell. He sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale to Cary Frommer, on behalf of Hillwood, for $85,000. His dam, the Fairbanks mare Vielsalm, was bred by the Bowmans and, after returning a $3,500 RNA at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale, was campaigned throughout her 38-race career by Brooke, earning $329,285 and winning seven times in 38 starts, including Laurel’s 2014 All Brandy Stakes. Her 14 placings included seconds in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico and the 2015 running of the All Brandy. 

Post Time’s lineage traces back three generations of Bowman and Higgins mares. His third dam, the unraced Affirmed mare Satin Lilly, was purchased at age 10, in foal to Local Talent, for $4,000 by Higgins at the 1993 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. The mare’s eight foals bred by the partners included stakes winner Undercover (by Allen’s Prospect) and the unraced My Rib (by Partner’s Hero), dam of multiple stakes winner and 2017 Maryland-bred champion older mare My Magician.

Vielsalm’s first three foals of racing age are winners. What Does It Take (2018, Munnings), is a six-time winner with earnings of $225,766, while Battle of Bastogne (2019, Street Magician) has won twice and earned $50,130 in his 10-race career. Vielsalm has a 2-year-old filly named Field Song (McKinzie), who sold for $80,000 at last October’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale and again for $140,000 at this year’s OBS Spring Two-Year-Olds in Training sale.

The Met Mile is scheduled for 4:52 p.m. Saturday. The race will be shown live on FOX from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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