08/21/2008 11:00PM

True Metropolitan has torn hoof


True Metropolitan, who has been voted Sovereign Awards as the best older horse in Canada the past two years, came out of the Longacres Mile with a foot injury, according to his trainer, Terry Jordan, and could be in jeopardy of missing the $100,000 Speed to Spare at Northlands Park on Sept. 6, a race he has won the past two years.

"He tore off half of his foot," said Jordan. "He lost a shoe during the race and it probably happened when the ground broke out from under him when he left the starting gate. It was a pretty gutsy performance considering how poorly he broke."

True Metropolitan was beaten a neck by Wasserman in the Longacres Mile. Jordan said a patch to the foot would be applied in the next day or so and, as long as the foot holds together, True Metropolitan should be able to make the 1 3/8-mile Speed to Spare.

"He is the kind of horse that loves to train," said Jordan, "and he's really upset that he has been stuck in his stall for the past week. He is going to need to get back on the track if he's going to be ready to go a mile and three-eighths in Alberta."