09/09/2007 11:00PM

True Metropolitan romps


EDMONTON, Alberta - True Metropolitan defended his title with a dominating performance in Saturday's $100,000 Speed to Spare at Northlands Park.

Just four other older horses opposed True Metropolitan, a 1-5 favorite who extended his win streak locally to five.

All of those wins came under Quincy Welch, who had the 5-year-old True Metropolitan on cruise control throughout the 1 3/8-mile Speed to Spare.

"My horse was very keen to go on," said Welch, "but he relaxed when nobody challenged us early."

True Metropolitan, voted champion older horse in Canada last year, had his ears pricked on the lead through moderate early fractions of 25.00 and 49.20 seconds and the outcome was never in doubt after that as he romped to a 10-length victory.

Test Boy rallied from last place to finish a neck in front of Trick of the North for place money.

Trainer Terry Jordan flew in from Vancouver to saddle True Metropolitan, a Florida-bred son of Proud and True who earned $60,000 for owner Bob Cheema to increase his 2007 bankroll to $318,240.