06/01/2004 11:00PM

Mobil back home for week off


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mobil and his trainer, Mike Keogh, checked back into Woodbine on Tuesday afternoon, tired but otherwise none the worse following their trip to New York for Monday's Met Mile.

After watching Mobil finish last of nine in the Met Mile, beaten 11 1/2 lengths, Keogh offered no excuse. Mobil had worked well for the race since capturing his seasonal debut, the Grade 3 Vigil at seven furlongs here on May 1.

"They were just too tough for him," Keogh said. "I'll give him a week off and let him get over the race, and the journey."

Mobil, who has won eight stakes and almost $1.2 million for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz, will spend his mini-vacation at the racetrack, in one of two round pens on the grassy area outside the Keogh shed row.

A possible spot for Mobil's return is the Grade 3, $200,000 Dominion Day Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward here on the July 1 holiday program.

Kent Ridge breezes to prep for Plate

Kent Ridge, successful in his only start this season, breezed six furlongs in 1:16 on the fast main track under jockey Patrick Husbands here Wednesday. He is on target to make his next appearance in the June 27 Queen's Plate.

"He came his last quarter in 24 flat," said Mark Casse, who trains Kent Ridge for Eugene and Laura Melnyk. "Patrick was really pleased with him."

Kent Ridge opened up his campaign on May 21 with a victory here over 1 1/16 miles in a first-level allowance for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up.

The $1 million Queen's Plate is a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

"The thing about Kent Ridge is I think he'll have no problem getting a mile and a quarter," Casse said. "Also, he's kind of a push-button horse, so he can lay close but he doesn't have to be on the lead. I know he'll be a longshot in [the Plate], but I think he'll run well."

His Smoothness works for Trial

His Smoothness, a Queen's Plate candidate who is headed for Sunday's $150,000 Plate Trial, also exercised on the main track here Wednesday but did not record an official workout.

Constant Montpellier, who will ride His Smoothness for the first time in the 1 1/8-mile Trial, was in the irons.

"I just let him gallop along in the middle of the track," Montpellier said. "It was a walk in the park. He did it nice and relaxing."

His Smoothness, trained by Jim Day for Come by Chance Stable, will be making his second start of the season in the Trial. He finished a strong second in a first-level allowance over seven furlongs of sloppy going here on May 9.

Inish Glora has four-furlong move

Inish Glora, Canada's champion turf filly or mare in 2003, also breezed on the main track Wednesday, going four furlongs in 47.80 seconds under exercise rider Gaye Lynch.

A 6-year-old who is owned by Bob Costigan and trained by Mac Benson, Inish Glora is slated to run in Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Nassau, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Advance Belmont wagering Friday

Advance wagering on Saturday's Belmont Stakes will be available at about 3 p.m. Friday at all Woodbine Entertainment Group locations, for telephone account betting customers, and in British Columbia.

On Saturday, the wagering profile here for the 13-race Belmont card will include a $1 pick six on races 6 through 11, with a mandatory payout.

The all-stakes pick six ends with the Belmont, which also is scheduled to be a superfecta race here.

Owner-trainer DiPasquale dies at 83

Peter DiPasquale, a fixture on the Ontario racing scene since the mid-1980's, died Monday at age 83.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at All Saints Catholic Church, 1415 Royal York Road. Visitation was to be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Delmoro Funeral Home, 61 Beverley Hills Drive.

DiPasquale was born in Sicily and came to Canada in 1954.

One of his sons, Sam DiPasquale, is a veteran trainer here. He said his father developed a love of horses when he was a member of the Italian Cavalry in World War II.

The senior DiPasquale started out at the racetrack here in 1959. His success with The Cat Came Back, winner of the Kingarvie at Greenwood in 1982 under his nom du course Terra Nova Farm, led to his buying his own property and moving offtrack while Sam took over the training duties in the mid-1980's.

Sam DiPasquale sent out the reformed claimer Coryphee to win the Prince of Wales and Seagram Cup in 1987, which indirectly led to his father's return to training.

"He started making a few appearances at the barn," Sam DiPasquale said. "He sold the farm in 1988 and decided to train and own horses again."

The major success story in the second phase of Peter DiPasquale's training career came with his own Holly Regent, winner of the Lady Angela and Selene here in 1994 and three more stakes with Sam DiPasquale listed as her trainer in 1995.

Peter DiPasquale's other survivors include his wife, Nancy; son, Charlie; and daughter, Anne Marie. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lung Association.