08/09/2007 11:00PM

True Metropolitan returns home


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - True Metropolitan is back at Hastings after a successful trip to Woodbine where he won the Grade 3 Dominion Day as well as an allowance race that served as a prep for the Dominion Day.

According to trainer Terry Jordan, one of the reasons True Metropolitan is back on the West Coast is the weather.

"It's about 200 degrees in Toronto right now," Jordan said. "The weather here is a lot milder and he's a lot more comfortable in the cooler climate."

The $400,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs on Aug. 19 is another possible reason Jordan brought True Metropolitan back to this neck of the woods.

"We're certainly considering the Mile," Jordan said. "But we haven't completely made up our mind yet. We're going to see how he adjusts to being back here before we make the final decision on where we go with him."

True Metropolitan is coming off a fourth-place finish behind Gouldings Green in the Grade 3 Seagram Stakes at Woodbine July 29. True Metropolitan, who is certainly capable of coming from off the pace, got fried in a brutal speed duel and he didn't have anything left when he reached the top of the stretch.

"It just wasn't his day," Jordan said. "Hopefully, he won't have one like that again. Watching him run made it a bad day for me, too."

If True Metropolitan doesn't run in the Mile, he could follow the same schedule that helped him earn a Sovereign Award as the top handicap horse in Canada last year.

In 2006, True Metropolitan won the Westerner and Speed to Spare at Northlands Park and then cruised to wins in the Sir Winston Churchill and Premiers at Hastings. He clinched the Sovereign Award with a win in the Grade 3 Woodbine Slots Cup.

"He's also nominated to the Westerner, so it's still possible we'll run there," Jordan said. "If he's still doing well, we plan to go back to Woodbine for the same race he won there last year."

Actually, the Woodbine Slots Cup has been renamed the Autumn Stakes and is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Jordan also was considering where to run Star Prospector, who earned $30,000 for his win in the B.C. Cup Nursery last Monday. Jordan claimed Star Prospector for $25,000 on July 14 on behalf of Bob Cheema, who also owns True Metropolitan.

"He seems to have come out of the race in good shape, but we're not sure where he'll run next," Jordan said. "Probably the Sales Stakes, but we might go for the New Westminster if it doesn't come up too tough."

The $60,000 CTHS Sales Stakes on Sept. 9 is restricted to Canadian-bred horses that went through a Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Sale. The $50,000 New Westminster on Aug. 26 is an open race. Both races are at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Sir Gallovic new 3-year-old on scene

Troy Taylor has some decisions to make regarding where he's going to run Sir Gallovic next. Taylor sent out Sir Gallovic to win a 1o1/16-mile no-conditions allowance race last Sunday and it was easily the most impressive performance by a 3-year-old at Hastings this year.

Sir Gallovic, who was purchased privately by Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella after winning a $60,000 maiden race at Belmont June 1, came from slightly off the pace to beat Long Journey by 7 1/2 lengths. His final time of 1:43.59 was more than a second faster than Ookashada posted in his win in the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay. In his previous start, Ookashada beat Long Journey by just more than a length in the Chris Loseth Handicap. Sir Gallovic was given an 80 Beyer Speed Figure for his win, while Ookashada received a 77 for the Stellar's Jay.

On Monday, Taylor was considering the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park or the Emerald Downs Derby as a potential next start for Sir Gallovic. He seemed to have changed his mind Thursday morning, though.

"I sent him home for a few days and I think we'll just keep him here," Taylor said. "He's still eligible for a conditional race, and if one doesn't fill, we can wait for the Derby Trial."

The Richmond Derby Trial is scheduled for Sept. 2, and Sir Gallovic would probably need a win there to be guaranteed a spot in the starting gate for the B.C. Derby on Sept. 23.

If the derby overfills, and it usually does, horses with the most money earned this year receive preference. Sir Gallovic has banked $42,813 in 2007, and in most years, that wouldn't be enough to get into the race. Last year, the winner of the Derby Trial received an automatic berth into the B.C. Derby. That preference was dropped this year.

Taylor's final thought on the matter was that he really wasn't sure what he was going to do with him. Sir Gallovic will be nominated to both of the out-of-town derbies and also the Derby Trial.

"We'll just have to wait and see," he said.

Apprentice Pang out with injury

Apprentice jockey Jason Pang is out indefinitely after suffering injuries when coming off of Fat Mullet, who inexplicably veered suddenly approaching the five-sixteenths pole in Sunday's last race.

Pang has a broken thumb and multiple fractures in the bones surrounding his eyes, according to racing secretary Lorne Mitchell. Pang is reportedly going home to Hong Kong to stay with his family while he recovers.