05/24/2007 11:00PM

Spaghetti Mouse goes long


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Spaghetti Mouse figures to be a solid favorite when he stretches out for the first time this year in the $50,000 John Longden at Hastings Sunday. The 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-olds and up drew eight horses and goes as the ninth race.

Trained by Ned Sams, Spaghetti Mouse isn't much of a sprinter, but he ran a good race to finish third behind True Metropolitan in the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal Stakes here May 5.

A 5-year-old gelding, Spaghetti Mouse should relish the extra distance in the Longden. In 2005 he ran a powerful race to win the Grade 3, 1 1/8-mile B.C. Derby, and he continued his good form in 2006 when he won three stakes, including the Grade 3 Lieutenant Governors, also at 1 1/8 miles.

The only concern for chalk players is that Spaghetti Mouse also went into the Longden last year off a good effort sprinting, and he finished a non-threatening third. He was very rank in that race, though, and he never really got into it.

Spaghetti Mouse has been assigned high weight of 121 pounds and will be ridden by Dave Wilson.

With Forceful Intention and Halo's Storm in the field, there should be an honest pace.

Forceful Intention forced decent fractions and then held on well to finish second in the George Royal.

Halo's Storm stumbled and lost his rider coming out of the gate in a $50,000 optional race May 5. He hasn't really proven he belongs with stakes company, but his trainer, Barb Heads, is pleased with how he's training.