05/30/2007 11:00PM

No mistake this time around


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Tracy McCarthy and her husband, retired jockey Chris Loseth, will be making a trip to Ontario this August.

Loseth, who was recently voted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, will be there for the induction ceremony, which will be held at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Aug. 23.

It was not a big surprise to Loseth that he was voted into the Hall of Fame. Before the final tabulation of the vote last year, a member of the Hall of Fame committee made the mistake of telling Loseth that he had been voted in. When the votes were actually counted though, Loseth had narrowly missed.

Loseth was the Sovereign Award winner as an apprentice in 1976 and as the champion jockey in 1984. He retired in 2005 with 3,665 wins, easily the most for a jockey based at Hastings for most of his career.

Russell and Lois Bennett, the leading breeders in British Columbia for 20 of the past 21 years, will also be inducted in August.

"I feel very honored to be going into the Hall of Fame," said Loseth. "Sure, I was a bit disappointed last year, especially after I had been told me I had made it. But, being named to the Canadian Hall of Fame really puts a perfect topping on my career. It's also nice to go into the hall with Russell and Lois. I rode Travelling Victor and a lot of other nice horses for them."

McCarthy will certainly be on hand for the ceremonies, but she could have another reason for the trip east. She is the trainer of Monashee, who once again easily dominated her rivals while packing 124 pounds in the Senate Appointee last Saturday. If Monashee stays at Hastings, she could be packing the grandstand by the time late August rolls around. According to McCarthy, a trip to Woodbine, where Monashee would likely carry significantly less weight, is a possibility.

McCarthy said Monashee will remain at Hastings until she has to carry too much weight. It didn't look like 124 pounds was much of a burden for her in the 6 1/2-furlong Senate Appointee. Breaking sharply under jockey David Wilson, Monashee stalked a moderate pace set by Virtuous Lady, took control of the race after a half-mile, and was on cruise control the rest of the way. Her final margin of three lengths over Starlite Strike would likely have been a lot more if Wilson had ever bothered to turn her loose.

"It was a lot harder than it looked," said Wilson, trying to keep a straight face. "Yeah, she pretty much did it on her own."

Wilson, who is also the regular rider of Spaghetti Mouse, had a look of horror on his face when Ole Nielson, the owner of Monashee, said over the public address system while being interviewed following the race, "We might have to run her against the boys and Spaghetti Mouse."

To Wilson's relief, McCarthy dismissed the idea Wednesday morning.

"No, we're going to keep her with her own sex," she said. "We would like to keep her here as long as possible. I did notice a race at Woodbine around the time of Hall of Fame ceremony, though."

If Monashee does go to Woodbine, McCarthy said she was looking at the $125,000 Ontario Matron Stakes July 22. If Monashee ran well in the Matron, there's a good chance she would stay and run in the $100,000 Belle Mahone on Aug. 18.

John Longden top two in good shape

Both Forceful Intention and Spaghetti Mouse, the first two finishers in the 1 1/16-mile John Longden last Sunday, reportedly came out of the race in good shape and are being pointed to the Grade 3 $100,000 Lieutenant Governors on July 1.

Forceful Intention, who is trained by Michael Turner, had a pretty easy time of it notching his first stakes win in the Longden. With Frank Fuentes aboard, Forceful Intention broke so sharply that it appeared he had about a two-length advantage on the field right out of the gate. Spaghetti Mouse seemed to be eager to take up the chase but Wilson took a bit of a hold and Fuentes was able to control the tempo. After posting interior fractions of 23.85 seconds, 47.51, and 1.11.63, Forceful Intention had plenty left and drew off to win by 3 1/4 lengths. Final time for the 1 1/16 miles was a very good 1:43.77 over a track rated fast.

"I was pretty happy when Davie eased Spaghetti Mouse back and I could feel we we're going pretty slow," said Fuentes. "I had a lot of horse the whole way."

Turner is confident Forceful Intention will not have any trouble handling stretching out to 1 1/8 miles in the Lieutenant Governors.

"If they leave him alone up front, he'll run all day," he said. "You never know if someone will use a rabbit, though, so we're going to work on getting him to relax behind horses. He did rate a bit a couple of times last year, but Frank had to fight him a bit. He'll be a much better horse if he can be comfortable without being on the lead."

Spaghetti Mouse is a much better horse at 1 1/8 miles, and despite the loss in the Longden, he could end up as the favorite in the Lieutenant Governors.

Spaghetti Mouse's trainer, Ned Sams, was pleased with his race in the Longden.

"He's only won once going that far, and we know how much better he is when he goes nine furlongs," he said. "Take nothing away from the winner, he ran a big race, but I'm looking forward to the rematch."