06/28/2009 11:00PM

Spaghetti Mouse can stalk


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Spaghetti Mouse goes for an unprecedented fourth straight win in the $100,000 Lieutenant Governors at Hastings on Wednesday. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up drew six horses and headlines a Canada Day Card that features four stakes races. Post time for the first of nine races on the holiday card is 1:25 p.m.

Spaghetti Mouse, trained by Lenore Daponte, was more that 17-1 when he beat Quiet Cash by a half-length in the 2006 Lieutenant Governors. He was the favorite when he won last year, and he will certainly attract a lot of support on Wednesday. Spaghetti Mouse is coming off a second-place finish behind Bank Emblem in the John Longden 6000. According to Daponte, he is coming up to the race in excellent shape.

"He couldn't be doing any better," she said. "It's all about what kind of trip he gets."

Spaghetti Mouse has tactical speed, and he should settle into a stalking position behind what should be a lively pace. Pedro Alvarado rides Spaghetti Mouse.

Trained by Cindy Krasner, Krazy Koffee was sent off as the odds-on favorite in the Longden. His race was pretty much over by the time they had walked the first quarter-mile in just over 24 seconds. A deep closer, Krazy Koffee should have a better pace to run at on Wednesday.

"I was walking back to the barn with Glen Todd after the Longden, and he told me he would make sure there would be a fast pace next time," said Krasner.

An owner, Todd has entered Texas Wildcatter and Forest Prince. It is expected that Forest Prince will be sent to the front from his inside post position. Both horses are trained by Troy Taylor.

Krazy Koffee won four stakes at Hastings last year, including the Grade 3 B.C. Derby, and was named local horse of the year. Dave Wilson, aboard Krazy Koffee in his last five races, retains the mount.

Teide is looking for his first stakes win. If he moves forward off his sharp win in a $50,000 optional sprint on May 30, he could get it. Trained by Dino Condilenios, Teide broke a step slowly and then rallied to finish a close fifth in the George Royal Stakes in his only other start at Hastings.

Bank Emblem, trained by Rob Gilker, has won his last three starts, including a hard-fought win over Spaghetti Mouse in the Longden. Bank Emblem set moderate fractions in the Londgen, but he probably won't have that luxury here.