10/09/2008 11:00PM

True Metropolitan tries again, off four straight seconds


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Headed by two-time Sovereign Award winner True Metropolitan, the Grade 3, $100,000 Premiers on Sunday attracted the best field of the year at Hastings. The six-horse field includes British Columbia Derby winner Krazy Koffee and Spaghetti Mouse, who has dominated the older handicap division at Hastings this year.

The allowance conditions of the 1 3/8-mile Premiers clearly give the edge to True Metropolitan. True Metropolitan, who has won over $1.1 million in his career, will carry

122 pounds, four fewer than Spaghetti Mouse. At 121 pounds, Krazy Koffee, a 3-year-old, carries only one fewer pound than True Metropolitan.

Trained by Terry Jordan, True Metropolitan won his first two starts this year but he has been second in his last four races. He had excuses in a couple of those losses, most notably the Longacres Mile. Breaking a step slowly and losing a shoe, True Metropolitan ran a strong race to finish second by a neck to Wasserman.

True Metropolitan, 6, is the only horse in the field with a win at the Premiers distance, and one of his three wins going 1 3/8 miles came in the 2006 Premiers.

True Metropolitan has good tactical speed and leading rider Mario Gutierrez will likely put him on the lead or in a stalking position behind Spaghetti Mouse.

Spaghetti Mouse, who is trained by Lenore Daponte, has won four straight stakes races at Hastings but the last time he beat True Metropolitan was in the 2006 British Columbia Cup Classic. Spaghetti Mouse breezed an easy mile on Oct. 5 and Daponte is pleased with the way he is coming into the Premiers.

"He couldn't be doing any better," she said. "He has done everything you could ask of a horse this year and we're very proud of him."

Pedro Alvarado rides Spaghetti Mouse.

Krazy Koffee, who is trained by Cindy Krasner, finished full of run to win the $320,000 B.C. Derby and certainly acts like a horse that won't have any trouble stretching out to 1 3/8 miles.

Texas Wildcatter finished third in the B.C. Derby and ran a solid race when second in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park. Although hasn't won a race this year, he has come close. He was only beaten a nose when second to Visionaire in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct and Spaghetti Mouse only beat him a neck in the B.C. Classic. At

109 pounds he could be very dangerous.

Rosberg, who finished second to Spaghetti Mouse in the Randall Plate, and Kwik round out the field.