08/18/2005 11:00PM

Kabul and Kabel may mean ka-ching


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Kabul, who has earned $619,398 without winning a stakes, will team up with jockey Todd Kabel in Sunday's $125,000 Victoriana Stakes at Woodbine.

The 1 1/16-mile grass race has drawn a seven-horse field of Ontario-sired fillies and mares, which includes the hot 3-year-old Top Ten List.

Kabul finished fourth behind Inish Glora, last year's champion turf female, in the 2004 Victoriana. She has won 2 of her 6 starts this year, including the allowance prep for the Nassau Stakes in May.

Kabul has often been fickle with her lead changes, but she ran straight while on her proper lead through the stretch when she took her penultimate outing, in the allowance prep for the Royal North Handicap. She skipped the Grade 3 Royal North, and was third last time out, in a one-mile allowance, after bumping two rivals in the stretch.

Trainer Jake Nemett felt Kabul wasn't focused in her last race. "She was on her wrong lead, and was all over the place," he said. "She's kind of headstrong, and she has to be ridden hard."

Nemett said Kabul has trained encouragingly heading into the Victoriana, and he is hoping for firm turf. "She's doing good," he said. "I just hope it doesn't rain, because she hates the soft going."

Top Ten List was an ordinary allowance runner on the dirt until trainer Bob Tiller tried her on the grass July 10, in the Ontario Damsel Stakes. After setting a lively pace, she won that 6 1/2-furlong dash by a length.

Most recently, in another restricted stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the seven-furlong Passing Mood, Top Ten List recorded slow fractions on a clear lead before drawing off for an impressive victory.

Corey Fraser, riding without his apprentice allowance, again will ride Top Ten List.

Other win possibilities in the field include Bay Sweetie Babe and Kissed by a Prince.

Bay Sweetie Babe was fourth in the Wonder Where Stakes and fifth in the Carotene Stakes in her two grass outings in 2004. She won her lone start this year convincingly, a $62,500 optional claimer on the main track May 15.

Kissed by a Prince has questionable turf form. Her lone grass attempt resulted in a non-threatening fourth-place finish in the 2003 Passing Mood, after which she won the Eternal Search Stakes by nearly 15 lengths.

Kissed by a Prince rallied for third in the June 8 Ballade Stakes, and is coming off an easy win as the heavy favorite in the Hindmarsh Stakes at Fort Erie.