10/11/2007 11:00PM

All eyes will be on True Metropolitan

EmailVANCOUVER, British Columbia - At 129 pounds, True Metropolitan will be giving away up to 20 pounds to the seven horses that he will face Sunday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Premiers at Hastings.

Sir Gallovic, 116 pounds, is coming off of a third-place finish in the British Columbia Derby and appears to be the main threat in the 1 3/8-mile feature. If Spaghetti Mouse is on his game, he's also capable of posting an upset.

Trained by Terry Jordan, True Metropolitan is undefeated in three starts going 11 furlongs. Last year, True Metropolitan and Spaghetti Mouse were co-highweights in the Premiers at 123 pounds and True Metropolitan easily beat Spaghetti Mouse by 3 3/4 lengths. Since then, True Metropolitan has won seven races and earned a Sovereign Award as the best older horse on dirt in Canada. In contrast, Spaghetti Mouse has just a single win, the Grade 3 Lieutenant Governors Handicap on July 1. Because of the differences in the way their careers have gone, Spaghetti Mouse will be getting 11 pounds from True Metropolitan.

True Metropolitan is a very sharp horse right now. He won the $100,000 Speed to Spare at Northlands Park by 10 lengths going 1 3/8 miles and then came back to Hastings, where he cruised to a six-length win in the Sir Winston Churchill at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 22.

"My horse is very good right now so hopefully the weight won't get to him," said Jordan.

Quincy Welch rides True Metropolitan.

Spaghetti Mouse is certainly eligible to run a big race. When he's on his best behavior he can run with just about anyone. Spaghetti Mouse jumped up to win the Grade 3, $250,000 B.C. Derby in 2005 and he beat True Metropolitan in the Sir Winston Churchill last year.

After a dull effort in the S.W. Randall Plate on Sept. 3, Spaghetti Mouse was sent to the farm for some freshening. His trainer, Ned Sams, likes the way he has come back to the track.

"The time off seems to have done him a lot of good," said Sams. "He put on some weight and I'm happy with the way he's been training."

Trained by Troy Taylor, Sir Gallovic had his three-race win streak snapped in the B.C. Derby. He might not have won the derby with a clean trip, but he certainly would have been second if he didn't get bounced around at the quarter pole when he tried to get through along the rail.