07/01/2006 11:00PM

Canterbury: Celluloid Hero shines


Celluloid Hero won his second consecutive stakes event at the Canterbury Park meeting when he led the field from gate to wire to capture the $40,000 Minnesota H.B.P.A. Sprint Stakes.

Sent off the third wagering choice in the field of six, Celluloid Hero broke sharply and was sent to a clear lead in the 6 1/2-furlong contest, setting fractions of 22.85 and 45.22 seconds, He drew clear in the lane to prevail by two lengths, completing the distance in 1:15.65 under rider Martin Escobar. Stormy Business rallied outside rivals to finish second, 2 1/2 lengths clear of third-place Foxie's Boy. Papa Fuse, the 2-1 favorite, was a neck back in fourth.

Mac Robertson trains Celluloid Hero ($8), who also captured the St. Paul Stakes last month.- David M. Miller

Hastings: Spaghetti Mouse pulls off upset

An unpredictable Spaghetti Mouse had a perfect trip to win the Grade 3, $133,340 Lieutenant Governors by a half-length over the 6-5 favorite, Quiet Cash, at Hastings. With Dave Wilson aboard, Spaghetti Mouse looked very comfortable sitting fourth behind a moderate pace set by Bull Ranch and Tobe Suave before making a strong move to overtake Quiet Cash in the late stretch.

Trained by Gary Demorest, Spaghetti Mouse paid $37.50. It was his first win since he won the British Columbia Derby at more than 40-1 last September. He earned $82,582 for his owners, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Felicella.

"We know he has the talent, and it's just a matter if he can relax or not," said Demorest. "I think it helps that there's a longer run to the first turn when they go a mile and an eighth."

Quiet Cash broke sharply and stalked the pace before taking over the lead at the top of the stretch. He finished 3 1/4 lengths clear of Bull Ranch, who held off a fast closing Shacane.

The final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:49.68 over a fast track.