09/04/2005 11:00PM

Atto Mile is Mobil's next target

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Mobil, Patrick Husbands up, wins his third straight Halton on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Halton has generally not been considered a stepping-stone to the Grade 1, $1 million Atto Mile. But for the second straight season, Mobil, who on Sunday won the Halton for the third year in a row, is slated to swing back in the Atto Mile, which will be run here Sept. 18.

A 1 1/8-mile turf race, the Halton was one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes run Sunday at Woodbine.

Mobil's victory Sunday was his first since the 2004 Halton and ended a six-race losing streak.

"It was nice for him to have a little confidence race," said Mike Keogh, who trains Mobil for owner and breeder Gustav Schickedanz. "He's been in some tough races and has been having trouble, grabbing his quarter. His feet are really good right now."

Sent off at 9-1 in last year's Atto Mile, Mobil finished fifth under Patrick Husbands, who is now Mobil's regular rider. Husbands, the third-leading rider at the meet in races won, won his first stakes Sunday with his 39th stakes mount of the session.

One for Rose all out for three-peat

One for Rose recorded her third consecutive victory in a yearling sales stakes by capturing the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

Unlike her previous two Algoma victories, which were strolls in the park, One for Rose was all out to prevail by a head Sunday in what her rider, Emile Ramsammy, termed a "roughly run" event.

Sid Attard, who trains One for Rose for Tucci Stable, admitted he had little hope as he watched One for Rose drop back to third entering the stretch.

One for Rose, who will be seeking her third straight Sovereign Award in the older filly and mare division, will now point for a third straight score in the Grade 3, $175,000 Maple Leaf, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares here Nov. 12.

Barbeau Ruckus impresses in Elgin

Barbeau Ruckus had been entered in two races Sunday - the Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile yearling sales for colts and geldings, and the Kenora, a six-furlong event for 3-year-olds and up - but trainer Ross Armata said he always considered the Elgin the primary target.

Barbeau Ruckus won the Elgin by one length.

"He's proven going long, but you've got to see how the races are going to come up," Armata said. "It's easier on him going long. He can dictate his own pace. Sprinting, everything has to work out for him."

Barbeau Ruckus won over 1 1/16 miles in his previous start, but that was back on June 11 in the Steady Growth. He had been entered in the 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton here Aug. 7 but was scratched after suffering a minor setback.

Armata said he was unconcerned by the layoff.

"He only missed a couple of days training, and his last work was awesome," said Armata. "I knew he was ready and willing."

The next local stakes opportunity for Barbeau Ruckus would be the $125,000 Overskate, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Sept. 21.

"It's better than six furlongs," said Armata.

Dave the Knave eyes Overskate

Dave the Knave, who defeated older rivals in the Kenora, also is Ontario-sired and a logical Overskate candidate.

In his start before the Kenora, Dave the Knave was the lone 3-year-old in the Shepperton and finished second to Sophia's Prince.

Dave the Knave was the third stakes winner of the meeting for trainer Bob Tiller, who also is a co-owner along with Frank DiGiulio.

The Kenora was the meet-leading 11th stakes winner for jockey David Clark, who also won with Edenwold in the Simcoe two races earlier.

The Simcoe, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old colts and geldings, was the fourth straight stakes success for Edenwold.

Moon Worship, seen as Edenwold's main opponent in the Simcoe, was scratched after coming down with a slight fever and could return in the Grade 2, $250,000 Summer Stakes here

Sept. 18.

Silent Course wins maiden in stakes

Silent Course won her maiden and became a stakes winner to boot in the Muskoka, the seven-furlong yearlings sales stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

"The first two times we ran her, she galloped out in front of the field," said trainer and co-owner Dave Cotey, who had watched Silent Course pick up minor awards at five furlongs and 5 1/2 furlongs. "We knew she'd love seven furlongs and be running on end. The longer the better for her."

Cotey mentioned the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies here Oct. 22, as a long-term target for Silent Course.

Attard okay after being kicked

A scary moment occurred before the Muskoka, when trainer Steve Attard, who was sending out both Sweet Breanna and Bajan Princess, was kicked hard in the pelvic area by Bajan Princess in the paddock. Attard went down and laid motionless before being transported to a hospital.

Remarkably, Attard was back at his barn Monday morning after X-rays and ultrasound tests revealed no significant damage.

"The only thing really bothering me is my back," said Attard. "But I can still get around."

Elle Runaway stalks to victory

Elle Runaway led through slow fractions to win the prep for the Ontario Colleen over one mile on turf here Aug. 13. But in the Ontario Colleen on Saturday, Elle Runaway stalked a quick pace before pouncing and going on to a three-quarter-length victory over the same distance and course.

"She doesn't need the lead," said Malcom Pierce, who trains Elle Runaway for Live Oak Plantation. "Her last race was uncharacteristic."

Pierce said he would he would nominate Elle Runaway to the $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile race on the main track here Sept. 24 and the last open 3-year-old filly stakes of the meeting.