06/24/2009 11:00PM

Jordan on yet another Woodbine hot streak


ETOBICOKE, Ontario--The Jordan Express just keeps on rolling.

Beginning with Tigerheat's win in the first race here June 17, trainer Terry Jordan has won with seven of his last eight starters, the latest being Makani in Thursday's first race. Drunken Love, his only loser during that span, was claimed for $62,500 from a third-place finish to contribute his share to the Jordan coffers.

Jordan, however, is not about to get carried away with his current tear.

"I remember a few years ago in Vancouver, when I had a winning percentage of 52," said Jordan, 67. "The next year, it was 13 percent."

At one point during his 2002 campaign, when Jordan achieved his highest career percentage, the trainer went on a 10-for-12 winning binge and he saddled four consecutive winners on three occasions.

"One thing about this business is that you have to enjoy the highs and deal with the lows," said Jordan.

There haven't been too many of the latter for Jordan here at Woodbine, as he now is 16-for-34 this year after going 30 for 80 and 16 for 64 in his first two campaigns here.

Jordan has stated before and says again that there is no exotic secret to his success.

"An old trainer told me a long time ago that 80 percent of winning races was being able to read a condition book," said Jordan.

Jordan, who divides his time between Woodbine and Vancouver's Hastings, also gives plenty of credit to his assistant Anita Bolton and her staff here.

"Anita's probably the key to the whole thing," said Jordan. "We have people who are enjoying working for us, and good help is so important."

Jim McAleney, Jordan's go-to rider, and McAleney's agent, Danny Williams, also are on the receiving end of the trainer's praise.

"I can't say enough about Jimmy," said Jordan. "And, Danny helps me pick out the races."

Jordan will have a chance to continue his roll on Saturday when Oistins faces six other Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race.

Oistins, owned by James Redekop, finished a troubled third as the favorite in her 4 1/2-furlong debut here on May 30.

"I think she probably should have won that day," said Jordan, who watched the race from Vancouver. "The horse is going good. As long as she gets out of the gate and overcomes the 1 hole she should be okay on Saturday."

Pinch hitter for True Metropolitan

Jordan made an immediate splash here in 2006 when he shipped in True Metropolitan to win the Grade 3 Woodbine Slots Cup (now the Autumn Stakes) late in the meeting. Owned by Bob Cheema, True Metropolitan went on to be voted Canada's champion older male and doubled up in that category the following season before just missing the final three in the voting last season.

True Metropolitan's efforts here included two tries in the 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day, which yielded a win in 2007 and a second-place finish last year. And, although True Metropolitan will be in his stall here Wednesday when they run the Dominion Day on a special matinee program, Jordan and Cheema plan to be represented by Approval Rating.

"I feel kind of bad not having Metro there, but I just couldn't get him to it," said Jordan. "He had feet issues, and I had to scratch him from the John Longden in Vancouver on June 1. He missed maybe a week. We'll have to see how the feet come together, and decide what to do with him next."

Approval Rating has a long way to go before being regarded in the same league as his venerable stablemate, but could take a significant step in that direction in the Dominion Day.

Purchased for $65,000 at Keeneland last fall, Approval Rating won a third-level optional claiming race in his seasonal bow here April 24 and then finished third, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the Grade 3 Eclipse over 1 1/16 miles on June 6.

"I think the horse was fit enough," said Jordan. "He just got tired racing near the front end. Before I got him, his best races were off the pace. I'm the kind of guy who likes his horses on the lead. It seems like 90 percent of the horses I get are speed horses, and if they're not, I'll make them one. But, it's not going to work for Approval Rating. We'll have to change our tactics."

Dancing Allstar headed to the Fort

Dancing Allstar, Canada's champion 2-year-old filly in 2007, has been at her most effective when flaunting her speed for Jordan and Cheema, and she disappointed when stalking the pace in the Grade 3 Hendrie here May 13. Slated to ship to Presque Isle Downs for the Satin and Lace on June 6, Dancing Allstar did not make the trip.

"She had a fever, so we just kept her here," said Jordan. "She missed a week."

Dancing Allstar is slated to make her next start at Fort Erie in the $50,000 Ernie Samuel Memorial, a five-furlong turf race on July 12, Prince of Wales Stakes Day.

I'mtrulyinthemood, who recently joined the Jordan outfit after being purchased for $75,000 in Florida this winter, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 here Wednesday. A 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding, I'mtrulyinthemood last saw action at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 18, winning a one-mile $40,000 starter allowance by seven lengths.

"We had nothing but trouble with him," said Jordan. "He had a little cut in his leg, and it got infected. But, he's okay now. He's not a bad little horse."

Distance right for Cool Gator

Cool Gator breezed four furlongs in 48 under regular rider Emile Ramsammy here Thursday morning in preparation for the Dominion Day.

"He went nice and even, just on his own," said Ian Black, who took over as Cool Gator's trainer this spring for owner-breeder Garland Williamson. "He's in good order."

Cool Gator, a 4-year-old colt, has won just 1 of 13 starts but finished second in both the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Grey and the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity here in the fall of 2007, and third in the Grade 3 Skip Away over 1 3/16 miles at Gulfstream this April.

In two starts for Black, Cool Gator finished second behind a sharp Catch the Luck in a first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles and fifth, beaten 4 1/4 lengths, in the Eclipse.

"The reason we're running him here is that he probably needs a mile and a quarter to be at his best," said Black.