08/31/2007 11:00PM

Spaghetti Mouse tries again


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Spaghetti Mouse will try and make amends for his loss as the odds-on favorite in the B.C. Cup Classic when he takes on six older horses in the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate at Hastings Monday. Included in the field is Shacane, who paid $81.30 for his upset win in the Classic, and second-place finisher Timeless Passion. The 1 1/8-mile feature goes as the eighth race.

Spaghetti Mouse, who finished fifth in the Classic, will likely be favored over Shacane because of his overall record at the distance. Trained by Ned Sams, Spaghetti Mouse has won 5 of his 7 starts at 1 1/8 miles, and if he's on his best behavior, he'll be tough to beat. In the Classic he was very rank, and his jockey, Dave Wilson, had to restrain him from running off during the early stages of the race.

Spaghetti Mouse drew the rail for the Randall Plate, and with his tactical speed he should get first crack at Winter Warning, who figures to set the pace. Wilson rides Spaghetti Mouse.

Rain is forecast for Monday, and Shacane's trainer, Shauna Ferguson, said she won't start him if she is not pleased with the condition of the track. An 8-year-old gelding with $338,685 in earnings, Shacane finished second behind Spaghetti Mouse in this race last year.

Act of God surprisingly rushed up to take the lead after the first quarter-mile in the Classic and then tired to finish a close third. He has the same connections as Winter Warning, so a more patient ride by leading rider Mario Gutierrez is expected.