10/05/2003 11:00PM

Different paths out of Sunday stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Perfect Soul and Wando both left Woodbine last week with high hopes of enhancing their prospects for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.

Perfect Soul passed his test with flying colors by capturing Saturday's Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, and will proceed to the BC Mile as a serious candidate.

Wando, however, came up short, finishing third in Saturday night's 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park, and he probably will not see action again this season.

Perfect Soul, who had rallied from left field to finish third in the Atto Mile here Sept. 14, was racing over a mile on turf for just the second time in his career Saturday and made his late run count under jockey Edgar Prado.

"He got to run his race the right way this time," said Roger Attfield, who trains Perfect Soul for owner-breeder Charles Fipke.

Attfield will leave Perfect Soul at Keeneland and send him on to Los Angeles as late as possible.

"You can fly direct from there to California," said Attfield. "It's the easiest thing for the horse."

While Perfect Soul ran the race of his career in the Shadwell Mile, Attfield is not overly concerned about the relatively short lead-up to the Breeders' Cup.

"The three weeks part doesn't bother me," said Attfield, "but the California part does. The turf out there is so different from our turf in the East."

Touch of the Blues and Soaring Free, the one-two finishers in the Atto Mile, underlined the quality of the Woodbine event when they finished third and fourth in the Shadwell Mile.

Freefourinternet, who ran seventh in the Atto Mile, had already given the Atto Mile a boost by upsetting the Grade 2 Kelso Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Saturday.

And, Sarafan gave the Atto Mile form an additional compliment Sunday, coming off his eighth-place finish here to run a close second in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita.

Wando may be done for year

Wando finished a good fourth in the Atto Mile, which represented a significant step up in company for the colt, who had romped through the Canadian Triple Crown.

The Atto Mile was to have served as a gauge of Wando's suitability for the BC Mile, but following the Atto he was redirected toward the Breeders' Cup Classic, based on the strength of his very impressive win here in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate.

And while Wando certainly was not disgraced when he finished third, beaten 2 1/4 lengths under regular rider Patrick Husbands in the Indiana Derby, Keogh now is inclined to call it a season.

"He came out of it fine," said trainer Mike Keogh, who trains Wando for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz. "I thought he ran a good race."

Keough noted that Wando challenged eventual Indiana Derby winner, Excessivepleasure, "at the head of the lane, and looked as if he was going to blow by him, but he just didn't do it.

"I kind of think he's just lost that edge now. I think he's had enough."

Debut victory for little sister

While Wando may be through for the year his full sister, the 2-year-old filly Six Sexy Sisters, is just beginning.

Saturday afternoon, with Keogh looking on via simulcast from Hoosier Park, Six Sexy Sisters made her first career start here and was an eight-length winner over a mile and 70 yards.

"I knew she could run," said Keogh, "but it was kind of nice to see her run like her brother, the way she kicked in on the turn there."

Keogh hopes Six Sexy Sisters will see action again this season but she will not swing back in Sunday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

"I'm going to give her a little bit of time," he said.

Mobil confirmed for Ontario Derby

Keogh and Schickedanz do plan to be represented in one of the stakes here on the upcoming holiday weekend, with Mobil slated for Monday's Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby.

Mobil, coming off a third-place finish when facing older rivals over 1 3/8 miles of soft turf in the Sept. 28 Sky Classic, will be meeting fellow 3-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles of dirt in the Ontario Derby. Jockey Todd Kabel will return after a one-race hiatus.

Smoocher gets his stakes win

Smoocher made his stakes debut a winning one here Sunday in the Grey, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds.

A Florida-bred owned by John Franks and trained by David Bell, Smoocher was making just his third career start following a fifth-place finish at 6 1/2 furlongs and a maiden win at seven furlongs.

"He ran up to expectations," said Bell, who had been high on Smoocher heading into the Grey, but is uncertain of his next move with the colt.

"There isn't much for him here," added Bell. "We've got several options, but we haven't made any decisions. We're just thinking about it, enjoying the moment and analyzing the whole thing - trying to decide what's best for the colt."

Bell did allow that the $1 million Delta Jackpot, a 1 1/16-mile race at Delta Downs Dec. 5, was an interesting possibility.

Parose still going strong

Parose, continuing to display the best form in his career at age 9, notched his first stakes win of the year here in last Saturday's Durham Cup.

"I don't think there's every any question he's ever been as good as he is right now," said trainer Sandy McPherson.

McPherson claimed Parose for $62,500 from his 66th career start here Dec. 1, 2001. In 16 races for his current connections, Parose has earned $500,202 to bring his career total to $940,654.

Parose's next target is the Nov. 8 Woodbine Slots Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race which he won last year.