True Metropolitan, an 8&#45;year&#45;old gelding trained by Terry Jordan, may have lost a step or two over the past couple of seasons. But as a two&#45;time Canadian champion with career earnings of more than $1.1 million, True Metropolitan still must be accorded the utmost respect in Saturday&rsquo;s $30,000 R.J. Speers Stakes at Assiniboia Downs.The R.J. Speers, a 1 1/16&#45;mile race for 3&#45;year&#45;olds and upward, attracted a field of nine and True Metropolitan will break from post 7 with Gary Baze in the irons for the first time.True Metropolitan raced just once in 2009, finishing second in the 6 1/2&#45;furlong George Royal at Hastings, and has just a third&#45;place finish to show from three starts at Woodbine this season.In his latest, which came for a $62,500 claiming price there last Saturday, True Metropolitan showed the way into the stretch but tired to finish last in the field of eight.&ldquo;I really wasn&rsquo;t planning on running him, and he really didn&rsquo;t do much running,&rdquo; said Jordan. &ldquo;I just hope I didn&rsquo;t make a mistake.&rdquo;Double Shuffle was claimed for $17,500 at Northlands Park last summer. Double Shuffle made a couple of starts in Phoenix this April and has been perfect in two outings since relocating to Assiniboia Downs.Both of Double Shuffle&rsquo;s scores came over one mile, the first under second&#45;level allowance terms and then in the Wheat City on July 9. Vicky Baze returns aboard Double Shuffle, who will begin from post 8 as the 124&#45;pound co&#45;highweight.Vindgari, a solid second in the Wheat City, also has been on the improve since coming to Winnipeg and should appreciate Saturday&rsquo;s extra yardage. Mark Anderson gets the call aboard Vindgari, who is trained by Carl Anderson.Grow Up is an up&#45;and&#45;coming 5&#45;year&#45;old gelding who is trained by Robertino Diodoro.* Chief Counsel, also based at Woodbine with Jordan, was made the even&#45;money favorite for Monday&rsquo;s $75,000 Manitoba Derby after a field of seven was entered on Thursday.The Manitoba Derby, a 1 1/8 mile race for 3&#45;year&#45;olds, also attracted Stachys, Cherokee&rsquo;s Goal, Key Largo, Kind Regards, Mankato Srike, and Mr. Malabar.