05/28/2010 11:00PM

Spaghetti Mouse looks to regain mojo


VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- If Spaghetti Mouse is going to get back on track and be one of the top stakes horses at Hastings again, he is going to have to run a big race on Sunday. The all-time leading money-earning British Columbia-bred with over $893,000 in earnings, Spaghetti Mouse didn't win a race last year. The way Sunday's race shapes up, a 1 1/16-mile classified allowance race for 3-year-olds and up, he should win if he is anywhere near his old self.

Spaghetti Mouse, trained by Terry Dubois since 2008, has been a hard horse to ride throughout his career. He is headstrong, but if he can settle on the lead or sit just off of other speed, he is one tough horse. It looks like he should get the perfect trip Sunday, and now he just has to prove he can still compete at this level.

"He's 8 now but he thinks he's still a 5-year-old," said Dubois. "He trains as hard as ever and he couldn't look or feel any better. It is possible he is a step or two slower but I think he's ready for a big race. We'll know more about where we are going with him after Sunday."

Chad Hoverson was aboard Spaghetti Mouse for the first time when he finished fifth in an allowance sprint May 15. Dubois thinks that experience will help on Sunday.

"Chad worked him all spring so he knows him very well," said Dubois. "But there is a big difference when he runs in a race. He can be a handful."

If Spaghetti Mouse, who is owned by Nick and Pauline Felicella, doesn't run to expectations, it is hard to say where he will show up next.

"One thing is for sure, he will never run for a price," said Dubois. "He has been too good to Nick and Pauline and they would never risk losing him. I think he's still a pretty nice horse and I would be surprised if he didn't run a competitive race. That's all we're really looking for."

Dubois is also looking forward to running Silly Fella in the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province next Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile Coleman is the first middle-distance race for 3-year-old stakes horses at the meet. Silly Fella is coming off of an easy win in a $50,000 optional claiming race on May 8 with Hoverson aboard. He won the Jack Diamond Futurity last year and the only time he went a middle distance he finished second in the $107,000 Ascot Graduation in his final start last year.

Tommy Danzigger on the muscle

Trainer Rob Gilker was very happy with the way Tommy Danzigger worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds last Sunday. Tommy Danzigger was voted the champion 3-year-old in British Columbia last year, with his biggest win coming in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park.

"Not often do you get a black letter move in 59 and change that is termed breezing," said Gilker. "It was a wonderful move for him."

Tommy Danzigger is coming off a second-place finish behind Teide in the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal on May 8 and Gilker is eager to stretch him out. He could make his next start in the 1 1/16-mile John Longden next Sunday.

"He is dying to go long, but I don't know about that horse that beat us last time," said Gilker, referring to Teide. "He's a different cut of cat. Any other year we would be in a great spot, but it's tough with a freak like that in the neighborhood. That was a punishing domination last time. He could have broken the track record if he wasn't under a stranglehold."

Nominations close this weekend for the Longden and it is hard to say how many horses will be willing to tackle Teide under the allowance conditions of the race where he will carry 122 pounds.

Fundraiser for April Friesen

A fundraising event to benefit jockey April Friesen has been set for June 19 at Hastings. Friesen is still in the hospital with serious injuries she received when she went down in a spill on May 15.

According to jockey agent Gord Rumble, one of the organizers of the event, they are looking for people to donate items for a silent auction.

"Everything goes to April," said Rumble. "So far we have breedings to Rosberg and Quiet Cash being offered. We are also going to have a raffle for a trip to two to Las Vegas."

Anyone wishing to get involved should contact Rumble or check with the guest services desk located on the slots floor at Hastings.