07/01/2007 11:00PM

True Metropolitan shows his true colors


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Any possible doubts of whether True Metropolitan was capable of competing with the best of his class in Ontario had to be permanently put to rest by his performance in Sunday's Grade 3 Dominion Day here at Woodbine.

With jockey Todd Kabel in the irons, True Metropolitan led throughout the 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day and showed true grit in prevailing by a half-length over the invading Mustanfar.

Palladio, who had defeated True Metropolitan when the pair first met in the Grade 3 Eclipse here May 21, ended another two lengths back in third as the slight favorite.

While Palladio waited for the $200,000 Dominion Day, True Metropolitan returned to win the 1 1/8-mile allowance prep on June 8.

"This horse eats a lot, and has to do something to burn off all the energy," said Terry Jordan, who trains True Metropolitan, a 5-year-old gelding, for owner Bob Cheema. "He doesn't have any soundness issues, and he just loves to run."

Jordan and Cheema, who both are based in Vancouver, brought True Metropolitan east to win the 1 1/16-mile Woodbine Slots Cup last November. He went on to capture the Sovereign Award as Canada's top older male.

This year, Jordan obtained stalls here and brought in horses for Cheema and other owners. The results have been very encouraging so far, as Jordan has won two races with True Metropolitan and one apiece with Forty Niner Express, That's an Outrage, and Steady Smiler.

Jordan lost That's an Outrage for a $40,000 claim and also saw River Rock Mombo haltered for $12,500 from a second-place finish last Friday.

But there are fresh players in the wings, as Jordan, who has been keeping his surplus stock at nearby Hindmarsh Farm, is looking forward to the local debuts of the hard-knocking older mare April Foolish, the 3-year-old maidens Zounds and Alpine Garden, and the unraced 2-year-old filly Sinibix.

True Metropolitan, whose day-to-day program here has been supervised by assistant trainer Erin Cotterill and exercise rider Danny Williams, won his maiden on the turf at Gulfstream as a 3-year-old when trained by Timothy Hills and could revisit that surface at Woodbine.

"I'd like to try him here on the grass," said Jordan, who plans to nominate True Metropolitan to the Grade 2, $700,000 Northern Dancer at 1 1/2 miles on turf here July 22.

The next main-track race for the division is the Grade 3, $150,000 Chinese Cultural Centre, a 1 1/16-mile race on July 29.

Street Sounds benefits from DQ

Trainer Michael Matz made the trophy presentation to Jordan and Cheema, who was watching True Metropolitan run here for the first time. About 90 minutes earlier, Matz had been on the receiving end during the ceremony in the stakes circle on behalf of Street Sounds in the $250,000 Bison City.

Street Sounds, however, made the grade in a less orthodox manner, as she was moved up to first upon the disqualification of Sealy Hill.

The stewards ruled that Sealy Hill, who finished first under Patrick Husbands, had interfered with Quiet Jungle, who finished third, in midstretch.

Sealy Hill, who won the Woodbine Oaks for Husbands and trainer Mark Casse here June 10 with Street Sounds a well-beaten third, was placed third, while Matz's filly got the money for jockey Ramon Dominguez.

"It's unfortunate it happened that way," said Matz, who trains Street Sounds for Mike Palaski's Hidden Creek Farm. "But, it's happened to us before, and it will happen again. That's why they have stewards, to make these difficult decisions."

Street Sounds, who had cut out a fast pace in the Woodbine Oaks, assumed a stalking role in the Bison City.

"I think Ramon didn't realize how fast he was going last time, but it was a different story today," said Matz. "That's usually where she sits in a turf race, just off the pace."

Street Sounds also won the Grade 2 Beaumont, at about seven furlongs, on Keeneland's Polytrack surface on April 12.

"She was able to use her speed all the way that day," said Matz. "She's very consistent, but maybe she's better on turf. Ramon said he thinks she can get more distance on the turf."

Street Sounds could return to Woodbine for the $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race on July 28, which is the finale of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

The Grade 3, $100,000 Lake George, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga, also is an option.

"We'll get her home, see how she is, and go from there," said Matz.

If Street Sounds does return, she will face a waiting Sealy Hill.

"I was proud of her performance in the Bison City," said Casse, "just disappointed in the outcome."

Legal Move targets Deputy Minister

Husbands and Casse had better luck here on Saturday when Legal Move notched his second stakes win in as many starts this season with a neck victory in the $150,000 Achievement.

Legal Move won the $150,000 Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds, in his seasonal debut here June 13.

The Achievement, also at six furlongs but for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds, was contested over the main track.

"He's just unbelievable," said Casse. "He tries hard, and he likes to win."

The $125,000 Deputy Minister, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here July 18, is the next target for Legal Move.

"It's not exactly what you'd be looking for, timewise," said Casse. "But, you've got to take advantage of these races when they appear.

"After that, he's going to need a vacation."

Husbands gets days for earlier infraction

The Sealy Hill disqualification was the second for Husbands in the past week.

Zetetic, who finished first here in last Wednesday's third race, had his number taken down after the stewards ruled that Husbands had come in with that mount and interfered with Morado during the stretch run.

Zetetic, trained by Malcolm Pierce, was disqualified and placed third.

Husbands will serve a three-day suspension, Wednesday through Friday, for the infraction.