06/11/2009 11:00PM

Tribal Teen stretches out


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The connections of Tribal Teen are hoping he will be able to carry his speed a middle distance when he stretches out for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Sunday.

Trained by John Snow, Tribal Teen goes into the Sales Stakes with the best Beyer Speed Figure in the field, an 84 the he earned for his win over McArthur in a quickly run maiden special weight race May 16. It was just his second start. He was a bit green when he finished fourth in his debut, which surprised Tammy Snow, who in addition to being married to John Snow is the main exercise rider for the barn.

"I was surprised he ran so greenly the first time," she said. "We expected him to run a better race. We had done a lot of schooling with him, putting him behind horses where he had a lot of dirt thrown in his face, and he handled it all pretty well."

Blinkers were put on for his second start, and Tribal Teen ran a much improved race. Snow thinks he has a lot of potential but that he still has a lot to learn.

"He's kind of like a juvenile delinquent that needs to be straightened out," she said. "He's still learning, and I'm not sure how he'll handle going a mile and a sixteenth the first time. He's bred for the distance and he trains like he'll go that far, but he still acts like a teenager, so we'll just have to wait and see how he develops."

Tribal Teen didn't reach his reserve when he passed through the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society yearling and mixed sale in 2007. He was bought privately by Jayson and Robert Spevakow after the sale.

John Snow also is the trainer for Tribal Teen's breeders, Ross McLeod and Thomas Bell. He liked the horse and recommended they sell him to the Spevakows.

"Ross and Thomas want people to know that they aren't just keeping their good ones for themselves and selling their second-string horses at the sale," Tammy Snow said. "Their goal is to see a lot of the horses they breed running at Hastings, and they want to be respected as first-class breeders. Quite a few of the ones they didn't sell at the sale, they sold privately afterwards."

McLeod and Thomas are executives with Great Canadian Gaming Corp., the parent company of Hastings.

Boundless Cat looks to show potential

Sunday's fifth race, a first-level allowance sprint that carries a $50,000 claiming option, features a solid group of 3-year-olds that would appear to have stakes potential.

Boundless Cat looked like he could be any kind when he romped in his debut May 3. He paid a surprisingly good price - surprising because his trainer, Steve Henson, has a very good record with horses he leads over for the first time. Henson has won with 4 of his last 10 first-time starters, and over a three-year period he has a 31 percent win rate with horses making their debuts.

Boundless Cat still has something to prove, however. In his second start, he tried to bolt going around the first turn.

Henson's assistant, Larry Grieve, had some ideas on why Boundless Cat ran so greenly in his second start.

"In his first start, he broke poorly and then made a big move on the outside of horses," Grieve said. "He was on the inside in his second start and he might have felt intimidated being stuck inside of horses. He is a bit green, but he certainly has a lot of potential."

Boundless Cat drew post 5 on Sunday, and with only one horse drawn to his outside, he could run a big race.

Trainer Cindy Krasner has Jump Pass entered in the race, and she thinks the Kentucky-bred gelding has a bright future. Krasner won the B.C. Derby with Krazy Koffee last year and knows what kind of horse it takes to win major races at Hastings.

"He is still a bit of an unknown commodity," Krasner said. "Winning a maiden race is one thing, but now he has to run with the winners, and we'll get to see what he's all about."

Jump Pass was an easy 5 1/2-length winner of a maiden special weight race in his second start. Krasner is viewing Sunday's race as a stepping-stone to bigger things.

"We are looking to stretch him out in his next start," Krasner said. "We'll get him through this race and then look for something longer."

No set plans for True Metropolitan

Trainer Terry Jordan isn't sure when or where True Metropolitan would make his next start. True Metropolitan won the Sovereign Award as the top older horse on the main track in Canada in 2007 and 2008. He hasn't won a race since he beat Sterwins in the Grade 3 Eclipse at Woodbine on June 7, 2008, however. True Metropolitan was a vet scratch in the John Longden 6000 last Saturday.

"He just wasn't 100 percent," Jordan said. "He's been very good to us, so we aren't going to run him unless everything is perfect."

True Metropolitan, who is owned by Bob Cheema, has earned more than $1.2 million in his career. Jordan shipped him to Woodbine last week.