05/05/2010 11:00PM

Jordan active again with Hollywood Hit


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hollywood Hit will be looking to become the first-two time stakes winner of the Woodbine meeting when he races in Sunday's Grade 3 Vigil.

Hollywood Hit, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Peter Redekop, will have Terry Jordan back in his corner as the trainer has returned from a 30-day suspension resulting from a medication violation.

Hollywood Hit had tested positive for the Class 3 drug acepromazine after winning the six-furlong King Corrie here last Sept. 30. The horse was barred from racing for 90 days under the Ontario Racing Commission's owner responsibility rules, but Jordan's hearing did not take place until this spring.

Trainer Danny O'Callaghan took over Jordan's horses during his absence and sent out Hollywood Hit for a front-running score in the six-furlong Jacques Cartier here April 11.

With regular rider Jim McAleney in the irons, Hollywood Hit had to fight hard to prevail by a half-length over Field Commission, who was Canada's champion sprinter last year and also is back for the seven-furlong Vigil.

"He won, but it didn't really please me," said Jordan, who watched the Jacques Cartier from his home in Vancouver. "I think he's better than that, personally."

Hollywood Hit has worked just once since the Jacques Cartier, rattling off three furlongs in a bullet 33.60 seconds here Monday in a move which the clockers termed breezing.

"He wasn't supposed to go that fast," said Jordan. "He's a difficult horse to ride. Once he gets going, he's hard to stop."

Jordan does not seemed overly concerned about the Vigil's seven furlongs, noting that Hollywood Hit won in his lone attempt at the distance here last July.

"I don't think it matters," said Jordan.

True Metropolitan awaits easier spot

True Metropolitan, an 8-year-old gelding who is trained by Jordan and now races for Bud Malette and Trinity West Stables, was nominated to the Vigil but will not be participating.

"I didn't want to throw him to the wolves, in his first start of the year," said Jordan. "I like the horse too much."

True Metropolitan, a $1 millionearner whose 18 wins have included 15 stakes, has been off since finishing second in the George Royal at Hastings in May 2009.

"He broke the bottom two inches off his splint bone, and we operated on him," said Jordan.

"I could have brought him back later in the year, but he's always had foot problems and I thought it was a golden opportunity to give him the year off."

True Metropolitan's feet now are fit, but Jordan acknowledges that age could become an issue.

"When they get that old, they could lose a step or two," said Jordan.