05/06/2011 2:49PM

Spaghetti Mouse training like a million dollars


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Spaghetti Mouse resumes his quest to become the first British Columbia-bred horse to go over $1 million in earnings when he makes his seasonal debut in Sunday’s feature at Hastings. Spaghetti Mouse has made most of his $937,686 going longer distances so he won’t likely be favored in the 6  1/2-furlong allowance sprint that drew 11 horses. There is a $50,000 claiming option in the conditions of the race and the only horse available to be claimed is the 10-year-old Grade 3 winner Trick of the North.

Arguably the most popular horse to run at Hastings since he won the Grade 3 B.C. Derby in 2005, Spaghetti Mouse doesn’t look or act his age. A 9-year-old, he is a bundle of energy and he still loves to train. Coming into his first start of the year he has posted bullets in his last three works, and was particularly impressive in his five-furlong move in 58.80 seconds with jockey Keveh Nicholls aboard April 30. Spaghetti Mouse is such an eager horse in the mornings that some of his gallops in the middle of the track have been fast enough that they could have been recorded as works.

“He is a pretty happy horse,” said Lenore Dubois, who has been his trainer since 2008. “He really doesn’t want to sprint so we’re just looking at Sunday as a place to get him back into the game. Hopefully we can get him over the $1 million mark.”

Spaghetti Mouse is owned by Nick and Pauline Felicella, who own one of Vancouver’s most popular Italian restaurants, Nick’s Spaghetti House. The Felicella’s have kept Spaghetti Mouse at Hastings his whole career and he will remain here until he retires.

“He’s not going anywhere,” said Dubois when asked if Spaghetti Mouse would try easier company at possibly Northlands Park to get over the $1 million threshold. “He is a pretty spoiled horse and he doesn’t like change. I’m pretty sure he would have a hard time shipping to another track. He’s going to have to do it here.”

In 2010 Spaghetti Mouse compiled a 1-3-0 record from 7 starts for earnings of $44,885.

It is hard to predict who will be favored, but it could be Dyna Stroll, who is coming off a fifth-place finish behind Longacres Mile winner Noosa Beach in the $50,000 George Royal. Dyna Stroll comes out of leading trainer Troy Taylor’s barn.