11/15/2007 12:00AM

Financingavailable off to the breeding shed

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Financing-available, Canada's champion filly or mare last year and a leading candidate for that honor again this season, has been retired.

An Ontario-sired 6-year-old owned by K.K. Sangara, Financingavailable was headed for the $150,000 Bessarabian on Nov. 25 when she was found to have a small tear of the tendon sheath near her left ankle, said trainer Lorne Richards.

"She did the same thing when she was 3, and it healed up good," he said.

Financingavailable was away for seven months that time, and Richards has kept a close eye on the affected spot since. When Financingavailable went for one of her regular sessions of shock-wave therapy the other day, Richards decided to scan the area and the tear was discovered.

"I think she could run on it, but I'm not 100 percent sure she could do her best," said Richards. "She's done too much for us to punish her."

Financingavailable probably could return to the races next year but Richards said that breeding the mare seemed the more logical option.

"We'd have to give her four months, then scan it again in March," he said. "She'll be 7 years old, and to try to bring her back for half a season wouldn't make much sense. She hasn't got anything to prove."

By Kiridashi out of the L'Emigrant mare Fascigrant, Financingavailable was unraced at 2 and was purchased by her current connections midway through her 3-year-old campaign.

Financingavailable has 16 wins, 7 seconds, 3 thirds and earnings of $1,333,779 from 28 starts. She won 10 stakes and did not finish worse than second in any of her last 17 starts.

True Metropolitan gets respect

When True Metropolitan shipped to Woodbine at this time last year, he was a Western Canadian sensation who needed to prove himself here in the big leagues. He did just that with a dominating victory in the 1 1/16-mile Woodbine Slots Cup.

And when True Metropolitan starts in Saturday's Autumn Stakes, he will have everyone's respect as he looks to wrap up a second straight Canadian championship in the older male division.

"He's coming into this very, very well," said Terry Jordan, who trains True Metropolitan for owner Bob Cheema. "He's as good as he was last year, for sure."

Cheema, Jordan, and True Metropolitan all are based at Hastings in Vancouver, B.C., and the horse began his current campaign there with a victory in the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal.

True Metropolitan then joined Jordan's division here at Woodbine and made four starts, highlighted by a win in the Grade 3 Dominion Day.

After the July 29 Seagram Cup, in which he finished fourth, True Metropolitan returned to his barnstorming ways in the West. Following the same script as last year, True Metropolitan won the 1o1/16-mile Westerner and the 1 3/8-mile Speed to Spare at Northlands Park, and the 1 1/8-mile Winston Churchill at Hastings.

Attempting to defend his title in the Premiers Handicap at Hastings last month, True Metropolitan came up a neck shy of the winner, Sir Gallovic.

"He should never have got beat," said Jordan. "A bunch of little things happened. They put 129 pounds on him to go a mile and three-eighths. One more jump and he wins."

True Metropolitan is dropping eight pounds off his Premiers loss here Saturday and Jordan believes the cutback in distance will help.

"I think a mile to a mile and an eighth is probably his best distance," said Jordan.

While True Metropolitan stayed at Woodbine and finished a well-beaten third as the odds-on choice in last year's 1 3/4-mile Valedictory, there will be no repeat of that scenario.

"He'll go back to Vancouver after this, and I'll give him the winter off," said Jordan.

Gouldings Green back for more

Gouldings Green, who has won in two of his three trips to Woodbine, will be back in town for the Autumn.

"The bottom line is he's been doing well, and we've been looking forward to running him back there again," said Tony Reinstedler, who is training Gouldings Green at his Churchill Downs base for Melnyk Racing Stable.

Gouldings Green won the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Seagram Cup in his first trip here last year. That race was run over the inner track, which was in use while Polytrack was being installed. Gouldings Green disappointed in his first try over the new surface when fourth in the Durham Cup here last October. Then he proved himself on the synthetic strip, winning this year's Seagram Cup.

He has since run third in the Grade 3 Turfway Park Fall Championship and fifth in the Schaefer Mile at Hoosier Park.

"In his last race, he didn't like the turns," said Reinstedler, noting that Hoosier Park is a seven-furlong oval.

Stuck in Traffic wires Frost King

Stuck in Traffic shook loose on the lead and was never headed en route to winning the $127,000 Frost King Stakes here Wednesday night.

Stuck in Traffic set fast fractions of 22.27 and 44.47 seconds in the seven-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds. Not Bourbon stalked in second on the turn, and was passed early in the stretch by Grazettes Landing.

Stuck in Traffic tired in the final furlong, but had enough left to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:23.09, earning a career-high 85 Beyer Speed Figure.

Grazettes Landing, a maiden, finished 3 3/4 lengths clear of another maiden, Lady's First Cat, who edged Not Bourbon for third.

"He was pretty [relaxed] the first quarter," said David Clark, who rode Stuck in Traffic. "Once he got to the main track, he realized where he was, and jumped on the bridle."

Stuck in Traffic paid $6.90 in the 10-horse field. He earned $75,000 for MAD Racing Stable and Martha Gonzalez.

Trainer Nick Gonzalez said Stuck in Traffic probably would start next in the $125,000 Kingarvie for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds here Dec. 1.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink