07/09/2003 11:00PM

After Toronto, they'll scatter


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Several of the six 3-year-olds in the Grade 3, $164,100 Toronto Cup Handicap at Woodbine have different agendas to consider beyond Saturday's nine-furlong turf stakes.

The connections of both Mobil and Strizzi are considering running their horses back in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown on Aug. 9.

Pants N Kisses is probably going to the Grade 3 Manitoba Derby Aug. 4 at Assiniboia Downs, regardless of how he runs Saturday. Illusive Force, like Pants N Kisses, is trying the grass for the first time, and could be headed back to western Canada if the experiment fails.

Moonshine Hall, based in Kentucky with trainer Tony Reinstedler, blew into town on Queen's Plate Day last month and made short work of a good field in the Charlie Barley Handicap. He was previously fourth in the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup Stakes at Churchill, and hasn't run a bad one since he began racing on turf.

Mobil outlasted a determined Shoal Water to take his last grass race, the restricted Cup and Saucer Stakes in October. He was the 2-1 second choice in the Plate, in which he finished a well-beaten second to stablemate Wando.

Jockey Todd Kabel said Mobil stumbled leaving the gate in the Plate, and then struggled to get a hold of the track. According to trainer Mike Keogh, Mobil suffered an electrolyte imbalance after the race, which was caused by the combination of hot weather and Lasix.

"The race took a little bit out of him," Keogh said. "He got the 'thumps' while cooling out, and had to be treated for it. We gave him a week off, when he was turned out in the round pen in front of the barn here. That helped him put some weight back on."

Strizzi couldn't match Moonshine Hall's potent rally in the one-mile Charlie Barley, but ended up second in a solid performance. His three other turf efforts were all good, and they included an allowance win at Gulfstream and a fifth-place finish in the one-mile Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, a Grade 3 race.

"I was really thrilled with his race at Gulfstream," trainer Malcolm Pierce said. "The Transylvania at Keeneland wasn't a bad race, but it seemed like it wasn't far enough for him. Maybe the longer stretch here helped him going a mile."

Pierce believes Strizzi's running style will make him a suitable candidate for the 1 1/2-mile Breeders'. "He relaxes early in a race, and then comes with a run," Pierce said.