06/04/2009 12:00AM

Old but still competitive


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Is it time to pass the torch from local older champions Spaghetti Mouse and True Metropolitan to 4-year-olds Krazy Koffee and Texas Wildcatter?

The question could be answered when they meet in the John Longden 6000 at Hastings on Saturday. Bank Emblem and Seminole Brave have also been entered in the 1 1/16-mile stakes.

Both Spaghetti Mouse and True Metropolitan turned 7 this year and it is possible they have lost a step. Trainer Terry Jordan certainly feels that way about True Metropolitan, who hasn't won a race in a year.

"He is still a very nice horse and he could win on Saturday," said Jordan. "He just isn't as good as he once was."

True Metropolitan was extremely good at his peak. He won back to back Sovereign Awards in 2006-2007 and has amassed career earnings of $1.2 million.

Spaghetti Mouse is coming off of a banner season where he won four stakes and was never worse than third in seven starts. In his first race this year, however, Spaghetti Mouse set the pace and then tired to finish seventh in the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal Stakes on May 2. He hasn't won a sprint since he won a maiden race as a 3-year-old and his trainer, Lenore Daponte, is expecting a better effort in the longer Longden.

"He seems as good as he was last year at this time," said Daponte. "It's a tough field, but I think he can still keep up with them."

Krazy Koffee will benefit the most from what figures to be a lively pace.