06/04/2008 11:00PM

Sir Gallovic looks better at a distance


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Sir Gallovic should appreciate stretching out to 1 1/16 miles when he takes on a very good field of older horses in the $50,000 John Longden 6000 at Hastings on Saturday.

Trained by Troy Taylor, Sir Gallovic is coming off of a second-place finish in an allowance sprint won by B R Remark on May 19. A Kentucky-bred 4-year-old colt by Victory Gallop, Sir Gallovic is a much better horse going long. He was voted the champion 3-year-old at Hastings last year, and he was good enough to beat two-time Sovereign Award winner True Metorpolitan in the Grade 3, 1 3/8-mile Premiers last October.

Sir Gallovic, who drew the inside post, should take a substantial step forward in his second start this year and will likely be favored with leading rider Mario Gutierrez in the irons.

Spaghetti Mouse also figures to improve going around three turns. Trained by Lenore Dubois, Spaghetti Mouse has been very sharp in both of his starts this year, both sprints. He finished second to True Metropolitan when he made his 2008 debut in the $52,000 George Royal Stakes May 3 and then was third, just behind Sir Gallovic in his latest start.

"He's doing very well right now," said Dubois. "As long as he doesn't get carried away early he should run a good race."

Spaghetti Mouse won the Grade 3 Lieutenant Governors last July but then was very rank in his final two starts of 2007, finishing fifth in the B.C. Cup Classic on Aug. 6 and fifth in the S W Randall Plate.