09/19/2005 12:00AM

Atto Mile also-rans offer few excuses


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - There were few excuses from the connections of the eight horses who finished behind Leroidesanimaux in Sunday's .

Trainer Mike Keogh was pleased with the effort of Mobil, who picked up $200,000 for finishing second.

"He ran very huge," said Keogh. "He always gives 100 percent, and I knew he wouldn't mind the soft turf."

Keogh added that Mobil had suffered a slightly bruised shoulder during the running, and plans for his next start are on hold.

Le Cinquieme Essai earned $110,000 for his third-place finish, just a length behind Mobil.

"I was very, very happy with the way he ran," said trainer Paul Nielsen. "He tried hard."

Nielsen mentioned the $100,000 Labeeb, a one-mile overnight turf stakes here Nov. 6, as a long-term target for Le Cinquieme Essai.

Vanderlin, the English invader who has been based here for the past month, finished an unlucky fourth in the Atto Mile and could ship out for Belmont's Kelso on Oct. 2 or Keeneland's Shadwell Mile on Oct. 8.

"We will stay and train here," said trainer Andrew Balding, who also mentioned the $500,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf race here Oct. 23, as a target for Vanderlin.

King of Happiness, fifth as the Atto Mile's second choice, will remain at Woodbine with fellow shipper and stablemate Always First, who is slated to start in the Grade 2 Sky Classic on Oct. 2.

Hector Mejia, an assistant to trainer Neil Drysdale, said the horses were scheduled to go from here to Keeneland.

Locally based Awesome Action and Sophia's Prince finished sixth and seventh in the Atto Mile.

Trainer Sue Leslie said a logical spot for Awesome Action is the one-mile turf prep for the Bunty Lawless here Oct. 9. Awesome Action is not eligible for the Bunty Lawless itself, as that one-mile turf race is for Ontario-sired runners.

Sophia's Prince is eligible for the Bunty Lawless on Oct. 30, and his trainer, John LeBlanc, will consider that race or the Nearctic for his horse's next appearance.

A to the Z, eighth in the Atto Mile, is on his way back to California.

"I needed to get a faster breeze into him here, and I just didn't get that accomplished," said trainer Paula Capestro. "Now, he will be fit. I will find an easier race for him; maybe the California Cup Mile."

A to the Z won last year's California Cup Mile, which is restricted to statebreds. This year's running will be at Santa Anita on Nov. 6.

Royal Regalia, third-place finisher in last year's Atto Mile, faltered badly to finish a distant last on Sunday.

"I can't give you a reason," said Justin Nixon, who trains Royal Regalia for Stronach Stable. "He seems fine."