06/28/2007 11:00PM

Distance the key for Spaghetti Mouse


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Spaghetti Mouse will need to run a big race if he's going to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Lieutenant Governors for the second straight year. The 1 1/8-mile feature at Hastings on Sunday drew eight older horses, including Forceful Intention, who easily handled Spaghetti Mouse in the 1 1/16-mile John Longden 6000 May 27.

Despite the loss to Forceful Intention, Spaghetti Mouse could end up being the favorite in the Lieutenant Governors. Trained by Ned Sams, Spaghetti Mouse improves dramatically when he stretches out to 1 1/8 miles. He's won 4 of his 5 starts at the distance and in his only loss he finished a very good second to Canadian champion True Metropolitan.

Spaghetti Mouse will likely stalk Forceful Intention, who could be the lone speed. Dave Wilson rides Spaghetti Mouse.

Forceful Intention, who is trained by Michael Turner, has never gone 1 1/8 miles before but he was full of run when he pulled away from Spaghetti Mouse in the stretch of the Longden. If he gets away on his own he could be tough to catch.

An improved Luhuk's Dancer has won both of his starts this year and he has the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure in the field. Also trained by Sams, Luhuk's Dancer comes back quickly for the Lieutenant Governors.

"He's a very nice horse," said Sams. "I'm just a little concerned about bringing him back to face this type of company with just two weeks between starts."

Act of God will be making his first start on the West Coast and he'll also be running on dirt for the first time. He's coming off of a fourth-place finish in a second-level allowance race on turf at Churchill Downs May 24.