11/07/2002 12:00AM

Casse has an edge for Sovereign


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - While Sovereign Award voters will be faced with slim pickings in many of the divisions this year, there's no shortage of talent in the 2-year-old male division.

Added Edge, Wando, Mobil, and Arco's Gold all should attract support, and Gigawatt, who is scheduled to run in the $125,000 Display here Nov. 16, also has shown more than a modicum of ability.

Mark Casse, who trains Added Edge and Gigawatt, said the division was solid in Canada this year. He also believes he has the inside track for the title with Added Edge, who remained undefeated in four starts and boosted his bankroll to $250,328 with his impressive score in the Grade 3 Nashua at Aqueduct last Saturday.

Casse said some in New York perhaps didn't give Added Edge the respect he deserved because another Canadian colt, Wando, had finished 12th of 13 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Gigawatt had finished second to Wando in the Grade 1 Grey here Oct. 6.

"When we went down to New York, they made a big deal out of Wando not running any good in the Breeders' Cup," said Casse. "But I don't think Wando ran his race. He was stuck with that outside post.

"Personally, I think the two colts I have - Added Edge and Gigawatt - are as nice as any 2-year-olds I've ever had. Whether they'll progress and go on forward remains to be seen."

Added Edge, who won three races here, including the Swynford and Silver Deputy, shipped to Ocala, Fla., the day after the Nashua.

"We're going to give him a 30-day rest, and then we'll take him down to Miami and hopefully get him ready for the classics," Casse said. "He's a very good horse; he's got so much class. He'll rate, but he really has good speed."

Added Edge is owned by Barry Irwin's Team Valor in partnership with Robert Wilson.

Gigawatt, meanwhile, will be looking to hold the fort here in the 1 1/16-mile Display, which would be his fourth career start. Gigawatt won his maiden by 17 1/4 lengths over a mile and 70 yards here Sept. 1 before his second-place finish in the Grey.

"He's tremendous," said Casse. "He's doing really well."

Wando, Mobil get a vacation

Wando and Mobil, both of whom are trained by Mike Keogh for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz, were not nominated to the Display and will not run again this year.

Wando, who had won the Vandal and finished second in the Grade 2 Summer here before his tour de force in the Grey, has been in light training since returning from the Breeders' Cup at Arlington.

"He just goes out and does a little jogging and cantering," said Keogh. "After the Breeders' Cup, he kind of came back here a little wound up. He needs to get turned out, have a little bit of time."

Both Wando, who earned $362,377, and Mobil, who earned $314,306, will be heading to Schickedanz's winter quarters in South Carolina shortly after the meeting ends here Dec. 1.

Mobil, who won the Simcoe and Cup and Saucer, would have been the richest member of his division had he not been disqualified and placed second after finishing in a dead heat with Arco's Gold in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity here last Saturday.

The stewards demoted Mobil after noting that his rider, Todd Kabel, had accidentally struck Arco's Gold on the nose with his whip. Kabel has been fined $500 in connection with the incident.

"It was tough racing luck," Keogh said. "There's nothing much you can do about it."

Adding injury to insult was the fact that veterinarian Dan Duncan discovered a minor problem in Mobil's left knee following the Coronation.

"There's a tiny little chip in there," Keogh said. "They're going to take it out Saturday. Dan said most horses would tolerate it, but we're headed to the Queen's Plate with him."

The 2003 edition of the Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds which is tentatively scheduled to be run June 22, also is the obvious target for Arco's Gold and Wando. Added Edge is a Kentucky-bred and therefore not eiligible to the Queen's Plate.

Arco's Gold will winter in Florida

Arco's Gold, owned by Alex and Steven DiIorio and trained by John Ross, was nominated to the Display but also is through for the year.

"You take a 2-year-old, and you've got them all pumped and primed, now we're just easing him down," Ross said.

"I'm going to gallop him a few days, and just kind of loosen him up a little bit, cut his feed down slowly. Then, I'm going to ship him to Florida, to Classic Mile" - a training center - "in the next couple of weeks."

Arco's Gold, who made his stakes debut and first start around two turns in the 1 1/8-mile Coronation, is undefeated in three outings, and has earned $224,460.

Brattothecore preps for Lassie

Brattothecore, a Ross trainee owned by the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds, worked five furlongs in 1:02 under jockey Jake Barton on the main track Thursday and is being pointed for the Nov. 24 Ontario Lassie.

The $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-breds, is the last stakes of the meeting for 2-year-old fillies.

Brattothecore has seen action just once, winning a five-furlong sprint in off-the-pace fashion in a $62,500 claimer here Oct. 16.

"I tried to fit in another race, but it didn't fill," Ross said. "Hopefully, she's right on target for it [the Lassie]. She's a filly that wants to go long."

* Quiet Resolve, who underwent surgery to repair a fractured ankle at the University of Guelph's veterinary clinic, now is convalescing at the nearby clinic of Dr. Robert McMartin. Canada's Horse of the Year in 2000, Quiet Resolve had suffered the career-ending injury when he pulled up after a routine gallop here last Thursday.