11/17/2007 1:00AM

True Metropolitan repeats in Autumn

EmailTrue Metropolitan won the $151,200 Autumn Stakes for the second year in a row Saturday while lowering Woodbine's 1 1/16-mile Polytrack record.

The Grade 3 victory was the sixth stakes score of the year for True Metropolitan, who probably clinched his second consecutive Sovereign Award as Canada's champion older male. True Metropolitan paid $11.30 to win.

True Metropolitan stalked in second under Jim McAleney, as Fuhrever Dancing set fractions of 23.81 seconds, 47.24, and 1:11.73.

True Metropolitan hit the front exiting the far turn and held off a persistent Leonnatus Anteas in the final furlong to prevail by a half-length. His time of 1:42.22 was .24 of a second faster than the previous record, which was set by Omaggio on Oct. 11.

Gouldings Green finished 4 1/4 lengths back in third, and favored Eccentric trailed the eight-horse field.

True Metropolitan earned $90,000 for owner Bob Cheema and trainer Terry Jordan.

"It set up real nice for him," Jordan said. "He enjoys what he does, and he does it well."