10/15/2009 11:00PM

Looking for second-generation win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario Trainer Mike Keogh and owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz won the 2003 running of the Cup and Saucer with Mobil, who would go on to become a Canadian champion and retire to stud with earnings of almost $2 million.

On Sunday, Keogh and Schickedanz will be looking for a second score in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer with Mobil Unit, a gelding who is one of the more promising members of Mobil s first crop.

Mobil Unit, who is owned by Schickedanz in partnership with Donald Howard, showed some ability when making his first three starts in restricted company and put it all together when he tried turf for the first time here Aug. 3.

Running six furlongs in an open maiden race, Mobil Unit established command early and was never seriously threatened en route to a 3 3/4-length victory.

When he broke his maiden on the turf, it looked like he d enjoy turf more than the Poly, said Keogh.

From that point, the Cup and Saucer was in the back of our minds.

To that end, Mobil Unit returned almost seven weeks after his maiden win for the Grade 3 Summer, an open one-mile turf race. After being prominent throughout, Mobil Unit wound fourth in the field of 10.

I thought he ran a huge race, said Keogh. The first three were ship-ins, and he was beaten less than two lengths.

Bridgetown, the Summer winner, earned a guaranteed berth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf. Becky s Kitten and Fantastico Roberto, the two-three finishers, also are candidates for that race.

Considering the Summer s potential impact, Mobil Unit would have to rate very highly when he competes against fellow Canadian-breds in the Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race.

He came out the race in good order, and think he deserves a shot in there, said Keogh. I don t think the mile and a sixteenth would be a problem. It certainly wasn t for Mobil.

Mobil Unit has been kept on his toes for the Cup and Saucer with a pair of workouts since the Sept. 19 Summer, as he breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 on a good turf training course here Oct. 2 and six furlongs in 1:14.40 on the main track last Sunday.

Jono Jones, who rode Mobil Unit in his first two starts, has regained the mount for the Cup and Saucer.

Woodsmoke done for year

Woodsmoke, who gave Keogh and Schickedanz their two stakes wins at the meeting when capturing the Fury and the Alywow, is through for the season.

She came up with a little bit of sesamoiditis, so we re stopping on her, said Keogh, who had sent out Woodsmoke to finish sixth in the Duchess over seven furlongs on the main track in what will stand as her final start of the year. She s done enough already.

Woodsmoke won first crack out this spring and doubled up in the seven-furlong Fury. After finishing well back in a failed two-turn experiment in the 1 1/16-mile Selene, she won the Alywow over 6 1/2 furlongs on turf and then ended second over the same surface and distance in the Ontario Damsel.

She will head to the Schickedanz spread in South Carolina this winter with earnings of $231,200.

Bear Tough Guy to be examined

Bear Tough Guy, who appeared to have earned himself a trip to the Breeders Cup Juvenile with his victory in last Sunday s Grade 3 Grey Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, will not see action again this season.

He s going to be out for quite a while, said trainer Reade Baker, who detected some filling in one of Bear Tough Guy s ankles the morning after his Grey score. He s going to Kentucky for an MRI, to get it figured out.

Bear Tough Guy, a Kentucky-bred owned by the Bear Stable of Danny Dion, had won a maiden race over one mile of turf in his only start before the Grey and has earned $189,600.

Fastin Bear getting break

Fastin Bear, another 2-year-old stakes winner who campaigns for Baker and the Bear operation, has been put away for the season.

We had looked at the Cup and Saucer, said Baker, but we think he s a sprinter. We d rather give him a break now, and not miss the sprint stuff next spring.

Fastin Bear, an Ontario-bred, won 2 of his 3 starts, including the seven-furlong Simcoe, a yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings. His bankroll stands at $125,400.

Aurora Lights bound for Keeneland

Aurora Lights breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 on a good training track turf course under her regular rider, Jim McAleney, here Friday morning and is scheduled to leave Monday for Keeneland s Valley View.

We didn t ask her for too much, said Eric Coatrieux, who trains the Kentucky-bred Aurora Lights for the Chiefswood Stable of Robert and Mark Krembil. We just wanted to see if she moved okay on the turf, and everything seemed okay.

Aurora Lights was the upset winner of the Grade 3 Selene over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack in her last start here Sept. 26.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Valley View, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run this coming Friday.

Forest Uproar, who breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 on the training turf course Friday, also is under consideration for the Valley View.

Riders fined for whip use

Jockey Jim McAleney has been fined $1,000 for excessive use of the whip while aboard Korvette Kid in the Grey.

Korvette Kid, who was beaten a neck as the runner-up in the Grey, earned $50,000. Under the recently implemented penalty guidelines, McAleney s fine equaled 20 percent of his 10 percent share of the purse.

Gerry Olguin and David Clark both were fined $200 for whip violations on last Sunday s program.

Olguin was second, beaten a head, in Sunday s eighth race, while Clark was beaten by the same margin with Speetha as the runner-up in the third.