11/19/2001 1:00AM

Kabel, Husbands in fight to finish


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - While there are two weeks remaining in this lengthy Woodbine meeting, it would appear that the jockey and trainer races could come right down to the wire.

Todd Kabel, whose last title here came in 1995, rode three winners Sunday to bring his season total here to 132, three more than second-place Patrick Husbands.

Kabel last topped the year-end standings here in 1995 and also picked up his second Sovereign Award as outstanding jockey that season, while Husbands will be seeking his third straight title and an unprecedented third consecutive Sovereign.

With this year's Sovereign Award ballots due in next Monday, voters will be forced to choose between Kabel and Husbands without knowing the outcome.

On the trainer front, Bob Tiller has saddled 60 winners and holds a lead of six over Mike Wright Jr.

But Tiller, who topped the races-won list here in 1994 and 1997 but has not won a Sovereign Award, is far from overconfident.

"It could get mighty tight," said the trainer.

Wright Jr., the leader in races won here in 1998 and 1999 and the Sovereign Award winner in 1998, saddled his first stakes winner of the season here Sunday when the invading Elektraline made short work of the locals in the Bessarabian.

Elektraline, owned by Richard Englander, had been based in Maryland with Scott Lake but ran here in the name of Wright, Englander's trainer at Woodbine.

Following the conclusion of the Woodbine meeting, Wright will be heading to Laurel with a string of 30 horses.

Tails of the Crypt getting a rest

Tails of the Crypt, benefiting from a patient ride by Jake Barton, was up in time for his first stakes score here in last Saturday's Display.

Owned by the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds and trained by John Ross, Tails of the Crypt now is heading for Florida and a winter at Classic Mile Farm.

"He came out of the race excellent," said Ross. "But he's run six times. That's enough for a 2-year-old year. We'll be turning him out for a month, then he'll resume training."

Tails of the Crypt, a Kentucky-bred, has run well on both dirt and turf, and while Ross believes there will be enough opportunities here at Woodbine, he is open to broadening the colt's horizons.

"If he comes on as a 3-year-old, I'm not afraid to take him out of town if the right spot comes up for him," said the trainer.

Streakin Rob may go in Kingarvie

Streakin Rob, who won the Coronation Futurity and could have made serious headway in the Sovereign Award race for the division, ran gallantly in defeat as the Display runner-up, cutting out a solid pace and leading to the final jumps.

"I was happy with his effort," said Jim Day, who trains Streakin Rob for Rob Cudney and Allan Kent. "We didn't plan to be on the lead, but once he got there he ran pretty big."

Streakin Rob is nominated to the $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds here closing day, Dec. 2.

"If he stays well, like he seems to be, he'll be back in the Kingarvie," said Day.

Headed for Florida

Funny Solder, who finished third in the Display; On the Game, an allowance winner here Sunday afternoon; and Lush Soldier, who worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 here Sunday morning, all were on their way to Florida on Monday. The three are owned by John Franks and trained by David Bell.

Lush Soldier, a 2-year-old filly who won a division of the Natalma here and then finished second in Keeneland's Green River, is slated to see action in Calder's Dec. 1 Hollywood Wildcat, a $100,000, 1 1/16-mile turf race.

Kiss a Native, also owned by Franks, left earlier for the owner's farm in Ocala. "He's going to freshen for a little bit," said Bell, who guided Kiss a Native through a Sovereign-winning 3-year-old season last year.

Two get set for Kennedy Road

Wake at Noon and Krz Ruckus both worked here last Saturday and are on target for the $100,000 Kennedy Road, a six-furlong race here Dec. 1.

"He really impressed me, the way he worked," said trainer Abraham Katryan, who watched Wake at Noon drill three furlongs in 34.40 seconds on the main track.

Krz Ruckus went four furlongs in 49.20 seconds on the training track.

"One more breeze and he'll be all set," said trainer Mike DePaulo, who has sent out Krz Ruckus to win two stakes this year.

DePaulo also reported that Pete's Fancy, the 6-year-old mare whom he trains for Overheath Stable, is headed for the breeding shed. The mare made her last appearance, as scheduled, in the Bessarabian, where she set the pace before weakening to finish last of eight.

Pete's Fancy retires as a stakes winner with a record of 10-7-2 and earnings of $405,586 from 40 starts.

Lady Shari off to New York

Lady Shari, winner of the Grade 1 Mazarine here Sept. 22, worked five furlongs in 1.01.20 Sunday under regular rider Constant Montpellier and has shipped out for Aqueduct and Saturday's Grade 2 Demoiselle.

"Constant said he had to take hold of her a few times, just to slow her down," said trainer Dave Cotey, who also is a co-owner of Lady Shari.

Montpellier retains the mount for the Demoiselle, a $200,000, 1 1/8- mile race for 2-year-old fillies.

Meanwhile, Montpellier will be serving a one-day suspension here Wednesday after being cited by the stewards for "misuse of his whip" during last Wednesday's fourth race. The stewards also fined Montpellier $1,500, ruling that he cut his mount, fifth-place finisher Hot Popcorn, and left a welt on the horse's flank.