10/18/2006 11:00PM

True Metropolitan too strong to stop now

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True Metropolitan wrapped up local divisional honors with a convincing win over Spaghetti Mouse in the Grade 3 B.C. Premiers on Sunday. His trainer, Terry Jordan, had planned to turn True Metropolitan out after the Premiers, but after considering how easily True Metropolitan won and how well he came out of it, Jordan and owner Bob Cheema may send True Metropolitan to Woodbine to run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup on Nov. 18. If True Metropolitan ships to Woodbine, Jordan will keep him there for the 1 3/4-mile Valedictory on Dec. 10.

"He's just getting better and better every time he runs," said Jordan. "He's so full of himself right now that we can hardly walk him. If the timing of getting him back there works out we'll probably go. The race I think he would have the best chance in would be the Valedictory. The farther he goes, the better he seems to get."

In addition to being the top handicap horse in the province, True Metropolitan would have to be considered the leading candidate for local horse of the year. Jordan said he thinks that if True Metropolitan does well in Ontario, he could have a shot at a Sovereign Award.

"He's beat everything in Alberta, and that was a pretty nice horse he handily beat in Spaghetti Mouse," said Jordan. "If he could win the race at Woodbine, I would think he would have to be given a real shot at winning a Sovereign Award."

The Woodbine Slots Cup will be run before the Nov. 26 cut-off for races that can be considered in Sovereign Award voting. The Valedictory will be held after the deadline.

Even if True Metropolitan doesn't run in Ontario, he would still deserve strong consideration in the voting for the top older horse in Canada. He has won 6 of his last 7 starts this year, all stakes races, and his lone loss in that streak was a second-place finish to Spaghetti Mouse in the B.C. Cup Classic. He has earned $312,240 for the year.

According to Ned Sams, assistant trainer to Gary Demorest, Spaghetti Mouse will be turned out for the rest of the year.

"We just got outrun in the Premiers," said Sams. "Thankfully we're sending home a sound horse, and we're looking forward to bringing him back next year."

McCarthy endures difficult week

Trainer Tracy McCarthy had a week she would like to forget.

"The best day was at the beginning of the week, when someone stole my car out of my garage," she said.

Her week got a lot worse from there, culminating with Hurry an Notis breaking down in the Grade 3 Ballerina on Saturday. Hurry an Notis was euthanized after the race.

"She was the kind of horse that put a smile on your face and made you want to come to the barn in the mornings," said McCarthy.

Hurry an Notis's dam, Sky Borne, also broke down on the track, in a race at Hastings in 2000, but she was able to be saved.

"It was a back leg for Hurry an Notis, and there really wasn't anything we could do for her," said McCarthy. "Sky Borne went bad up front, and thankfully we could save her."

Sky Borne's first two foals are multiple stakes winner Notis Otis and Hurry an Notis, who finished second in the Grade 3 B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks. Hurry an Notis was a close second choice in the wagering behind A Classic Life in the Ballerina.

McCarthy also had to deal with a very sick Monashee, who was recently stricken with pneumonia.

"They found fluid in her lungs, and she had a tough time when they put tubes in her," said McCarthy. "She went into shock, and we had a real tough 48 hours. She seems to be bouncing back, and hopefully getting the right antibiotics into her will clear this up and she'll be okay."

Monashee won the Grade 3 Breeders' Cup Oaks and Ballerina last year, but she hasn't raced since winning the Edmonton Distaff at Northlands Park on Aug. 27. She contracted a virus after the Distaff, which apparently led to the pneumonia. Despite not being able to run in the Ballerina, Monashee is still a cinch to be named the top older filly and mare in British Columbia for this year.

"Hopefully she'll be able to come back next year," said McCarthy. "If not, at least we'll be able to breed her."

Jordan could join exclusive company

Last Sunday's column misstated the significance of trainer Terry Jordan possibly exceeding $1 million in stable earnings at Hastings this year. Jordan would not be the first to surpass the $1 million mark; Lance Giesbrecht surpassed $1 million in 1996 and 1997.

In 1997, Giesbrecht's horses earned $1,332,489, the most ever for a trainer based in Hastings.

Giesbrecht's wife, Kim, said she remembered the stir it caused when a Vancouver newspaper reported that Giesbrecht had earned over

$1 million.

"Someone from the income tax department read about it in the paper, and he thought Lance had earned that much money himself," she said.

Giesbrecht was the leading trainer at Hastings from 1994 through 1997 and set a Hastings record for wins in a year, 76, in 1997.