Vancouver, B.C. â€“ Jockey Dave Wilson said Spaghetti Mouse â€œwas set up perfectly for this raceâ€ and there was no disputing his words Sunday in the $107,8540 Grade 3 Lieutenant Governors at Hastings Racecourse over his favourite distance of 1 1/8 miles.
Spaghetti Mouse has now won five of his six starts at the distance after coming from slightly off the pace for a three-length win over longshot Timesless Passion.
â€œHe worked really well going into the race,â€ Wilson said. â€œThe extra distance suits him perfectly.â€
Forceful Intention, finishing third, had earlier beaten Spaghetti Mouse in the John Longden 6000 at 1 1/16 miles.
â€œWe were aiming for this race all spring,â€ said trainer Ned Sams. â€œHeâ€™s just a much better horse going this far and thatâ€™s where the money is.â€
Spaghetti Mouse won $66,365 with the Lt. Governors victory for owners Nick and Pauline Felicella to bring his career earnings to over $620,000.
The Canada Day weekend winds down at Hastings Monday with a special 118th birthday celebration. The Vancouver Giants, winners of the 2007 Memorial Cup, will have the cherished piece of silverware on display throughout the afternoon.