At first glance, Metaboss looks like he might be in over his head in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. But he’s appeared that way before and pulled a surprise. The Street Boss colt normally trails the entire field in his races, sometimes getting there in time, and sometimes not.
After breaking his maiden in his fourth attempt last year at Santa Anita, he captured the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields in his first stakes appearance. He then shipped east to run sixth in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.
A bum ankle put him on the shelf for over a year, and he then had three troubled trips in his first races back. He did show his big late kick in those races, and when he shipped back to his home state of California, he returned to his winning ways, nabbing an allowance optional claiming race after once again trailing the field.
Metaboss barely missed in the Del Mar Handicap in August, falling a whisker short to winner Ashleyluvssugar. He was last again in the field of 12, and more than 14 lengths out of it three-eighths of a mile from the finish.
"That last three sixteenths was one of the biggest turns of foot I've ever seen from one of my horses," said trainer Philip D'Amato.
In his last start, he found the mile and quarter a bit short in the John Henry Turf Championship Stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 2 and finished fourth. But Metaboss should relish the 1 ½ miles in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf and will once again be attempting to pull the upset with his late turn of foot.