08/26/2005 12:00AM

Decew Falls not exactly outclassed


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Fourth in a first-level allowance last time out, Decew Falls would appear to be moving into deeper water Sunday, when he makes his stakes debut in the $125,000 Vice Regent. Of his eight rivals, though, only a couple are proven stakes performers, and Decew Falls deserves a long look.

The Vice Regent is a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

Decew Falls certainly has a turf pedigree, being by Kiridashi out of High Speed Travel, who won the Vice Regent in 2000. And, after picking up minor awards in 2 of his first 3 career starts here this spring, Decew Falls made his second turf appearance a winning one in a one-mile Ontario-sired maiden special July 3.

"He was gelded two weeks before he broke his maiden," said trainer Mike Keogh. "After we did that, he really settled down. He was never studdish before, but he was a real washy horse. He's more into the game now. Actually, he seems quite a happy horse."

Decew Falls's only start since winning his maiden came in that first-level allowance, which came off the turf and was run over 1 1/16 miles here Aug. 11.

"I let him run, even when it came off," said Keogh. "He was so sharp in the shed, I thought he was going to hurt himself. I didn't think he ran a bad race. He hadn't run in so long, the rider couldn't hold him into the first turn. I hope he won't be quite so sharp this time."

Patrick Husbands, who rode Decew Falls for the first time that day, was committed to probable favorite Flat Rock for the Vice Regent. Emile Ramsammy will ride Decew Falls for the first time.

Niagara up next for Last Answer

Keogh will also send Last Answer in the Grade 2, $300,000 Niagara over 1 1/2 miles on turf here Sept. 5.

Last Answer won the prep for the Niagara over 1 3/8 miles on good turf here Aug. 14. Owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz, Last Answer became a stakes winner here last October in the Chief Bearhart over 1 1/4 miles on yielding turf and finished his campaign with a second-place finish over 1 1/2 miles on the main track. He never got untracked in a brief Florida stint over the winter, however, encountering trouble in both his starts and finishing out of contention.

"He didn't handle that firm turf down at Gulfstream," said Keogh.

Last Answer has handled the turf just fine since returning to Woodbine. After a five-month absence, Last Answer finished third under new rider Corey Fraser in the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre over 1 3/8 miles of turf here July 24. Fraser was also aboard for the Niagara prep, where Last Answer set the pace while under pressure and prevailed by a half-length.

"As a 5-year-old he seems to have improved, for sure," said Keogh.

Keogh could have a second Niagara entrant in Sextet, who won his maiden over 1 3/8 miles on yielding turf here last time out.

"There's nowhere else to run him," said Keogh, who trains Sextet for Nick Harris and Don Ross. "He really wants to go a mile and a half. I think he'd go two miles."

Mobil named to yearling sales stakes

Mobil, 5, who has finished second this year in 3 of his 4 starts, is on the list for the Niagara but is slated to see action on the yearling sales stakes program Sept. 4.

A total of six $125,000 stakes, restricted to local sales graduates, will be offered on the yearling sales stakes program. Mobil has been nominated to three of those events: the Halton, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward; the Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile race for colts and geldings, 3 and up; and the Kenora, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward.

"I'll probably enter him in the Halton and the Elgin and have a look," said Keogh.

Mobil has been entered in both of those events the last two yearling sales stakes days. On each occasion, Mobil ran in the Halton and won both times as a prohibitive choice.

Cross-nominating and cross-entering are annual components of the yearling sales stakes picture. Ten of the 24 Elgin nominees also are on the list of 15 nominees for the Halton. The Kenora's 18 nominees include 11 horses on the Elgin list.

Mobil, Great Addiction, and Regal Valley are the only horses nominated for all three stakes.

Kabel gets call on Film Maker

Todd Kabel, who has won the last three runnings of the Niagara for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad, is slated to be at Saratoga on Sept. 5 to ride Film Maker in the Grade 3, $100,000 Glens Falls Handicap, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

The Glens Falls could mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Kabel and Film Maker, who has events such as Belmont's Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational and Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf on her calendar. Film Maker, trained by Graham Motion, finished second in the Filly and Mare Turf last year.

Kabel rode for Motion for the first time here July 16, guiding T.D. Vance to victory in the Toronto Cup. Kabel got the return call when T.D. Vance won the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 8.