By June 2005, Metro had shipped from Indian Prairie and was stabled at Belmont Park...
Obviously NY now had four partners. Chuck Dworkin had bought in, as had another DEC alumnus Ron Harvey.
Metro was working out really well in preparation for his debut and Linda was confident that Metro would do well at first asking. On Sunday, July 3, Metro was entered in a Maiden Special Weight (MSW) race at Belmont Park. Rick’s dream and Obviously NY would be a reality.
That first race did not go well. Metro broke sharply from the rail and was battling for the lead approaching the turn in the 5 furlong contest, when a colt named Trading Pro came over and bumped Metro into the rail.
Metro’s jockey, Mike Luzzi pulled up sharply. NYRA announcer Tom Durkin proclaimed that Metro Meteor had “lost his action”. Metro fell back to last in the 8 horse field. Nonetheless, he gathered himself and ran on strongly, although he had lost all chance of finishing in the money. He finished sixth. The Racing Form comment was “Bumped Backstretch”.
Four weeks later, Metro came back. This time, it was another MSW race going 5 ½ furlongs at Saratoga. Rafael Bejarano was now on board and Linda had out fitted Metro with blinkers. Once again, he broke sharply and battled for the lead. He was neck and neck with “What’s Your Edge” through the turn and down the stretch. He battled on bravely along a dead rail to finish second beaten just one length. The Obviously NY partners were ecstatic. It was clear that Metro had talent. He was a real racehorse.
Metro came back on Sunday August 14th in another 5 1/2 furlong race at Saratoga. It was a “Give Away” day at the track. It was hot and humid and NYRA was giving away stadium blankets. The track was packed. There were long lines at the gates by 11:00.
By 1:00 pm, the roads leading to the track were in a state of gridlock. Metro was entered in the second race. Before an announced crowd of over 60,000, Metro won easily at 3-5 odds. He pulled away in the stretch with Cornelio Velasquez in the saddle.
Rick and Dave had been at the track since early morning, Ron and his wife Karen arrived just before post time. Everyone else who should have been at the track was sitting in traffic. They would share in later thrills.
Metro came back to race at Saratoga one more time during the 2005 season. All through his development, Linda had suggested that Metro might be suited to run on the grass. So off of his MSW win, Linda entered Metro Meteor in an open company stakes race for two year olds, going a mile and a 1/16 on the turf. It was the first running of the “With Anticipation” Stakes on Saturday September 3rd. The race followed after several days of rain. The turf was labeled “good”. It was closer to soft.
Metro broke from the 10 hole in a 10 horse field with a short run to the first turn; He was dismissed by the public at odds of nearly 30-1. He broke sharply and took the lead while racing wide through the first turn. Metro turned back all of the challengers except one for one; he was caught and passed in deep stretch by Stream Cat. Obviously NY now had an Open Company Stakes-placed horse.