10/12/2006 11:00PM

Jordan headed south after banner year


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Terry Jordan is looking forward to spending a few quiet months in Acapulco, Mexico, after he closes shop at Hastings this weekend. The Hastings meet doesn't end until Nov. 26, but Jordan, who owns an apartment in Acapulco, has only two horses left in his barn, and both True Metropolitan and Cuss the Fiddle will be turned out after they run in their respective races Sunday.

Of course, Jordan is more concerned with how True Metropolitan runs in the Grade 3 B.C. Premiers than how Cuss the Fiddle fares in the last race on the card, a $15,000 optional claiming race for 3-year-olds.

If True Metropolitan wins the Premiers, Jordan will surpass a milestone for a trainer based at Hastings: He would be the first to break the $1omillion mark in earnings for a season. Going into Sunday, horses trained by Jordan have won $918,988. Not all of the money Jordan's horses have earned this year has been at Hastings, though. True Metropolitan alone has won four stakes races in Alberta, and almost 40 percent of Jordan's total earnings were also in that province.

Jordan, 64, will also more than double his career-best numbers for money earned in a year, and with 13 stakes wins already he will more than triple his previous mark of four stakes win in a season.

"It's been quite a year," said Jordan. "I wasn't even sure if I had won 13 stakes in my entire career. A lot of things fell into place, and it also helps to have horses like Quiet Cash and True Metropolitan in the barn. I just wonder where all the money has gone."

Jordan has good reason to think True Metropolitan will add to his impressive totals Sunday. True Metropolitan was bought by Bob Cheema as a potential British Columbia Derby candidate last year but didn't have enough earnings to get into the race. He started only once for Cheema in 2005, finishing last in a minor stakes on the supporting card for the B.C. Derby. He has blossomed as a 4-year-old, winning five of his last six starts, all stakes, and he has won at the Premiers distance of 1 3/8 miles. He has also never lost when Quincy Welch has ridden him.

"What can I say," said Jordan. "He's done everything we've asked, and he's versatile enough that he can either set the pace or come from just off of it. I know he has to beat a very good horse in Spaghetti Mouse, but he handled him pretty easily in the Churchill, and I know my horse can get the distance."

As good as True Metropolitan is, Jordan rates him as the second-best horse that was in his barn this year.

"Quiet Cash is the best horse I've ever had," said Jordan. "If he was sound he would never have been running here and he might have been good enough to win a Grade 1."

Jordan said that Quiet Cash has been officially retired and will stand at stud at Ben Ternes farm in Langley, British Columbia. A 5-year-old by Real Quiet, Quiet Cash won 9oof 23 starts and earned $389,851.

Sin Toro headed to Ascot Graduation

Trainer Allan Jack said that Sin Toro will make his next start in the $100,000-added Ascot Graduation Breeders' Cup on Oct. 29. Sin Toro won the $75,000 Canadian Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles at Northlands Park on Oct. 9 and is scheduled to arrive back at Hastings this weekend.

That was the first stakes win for Sin Toro, and he could be the only horse in the 1 1/16-mile Ascot who has even gone around three turns.

"I thought he would improve when he stretched out," said Jack. "He's certainly bred to go long."

Sin Toro is by Holy Bull out of a With Approval mare, Withoutapproval.

Stephen out after accident

Jockey Anthony Stephen will probably be back riding in two weeks. He suffered a concussion and a bruised kidney when a 2-year-old he was riding last Saturday, A Ten I Am, clipped heels going into the first turn. Stephen appeared to vault about 20 feet in the air before making an awkward landing.

"I was knocked out pretty good," said Stephen. "When they asked me my name, I said I was Skelly. I was obviously pretty confused."

Stephen was referring to jockey Robert Skelly.

"I feel okay now, but with the concussion they want me to wait at least a couple of weeks before I ride again," he said.

Stephen blamed the incident on A Ten I Am.

"Actually, she can run a bit," he said. "She was fine going into the turn, but when a horse moved up on her outside, she wanted to get out of there. She had plenty of room, but she just didn't like being stuck between horses. She's just a bit green, but she'll be all right."

In the same race, another rider, Kevin Krigger, was also unseated. He came off Miss Vicky when she veered out sharply approaching the quarter pole.

Krigger, who was the second-leading rider at the recently concluded Emerald Downs meet, is planning on riding here for the rest of the year.

"He's well-known up here and has ridden for a lot of the trainers here," said Krigger's agent, Drew Forster. "Last year he went to the Bay Area after Emerald closed, but he has a young family and he wanted to stay closer to home."

Krigger has won two races from his first 19 mounts at Hastings.