10/09/2002 11:00PM

Mobil ready to try turf again


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mike Keogh won Canada's most important 2-year-old stakes, the Grade 2 Grey Breeders' Cup, last Sunday with his rising star Wando.

Keogh could be loaded for bear again Saturday at Woodbine, when he sends out his second stringer, Mobil, in the Cup and Saucer Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf race worth $250,000.

Mobil didn't show much when he debuted in a grass sprint on July 27, but began to turn it around when he moved to the main track. He won the restricted Simcoe Stakes in his second dirt start, and is coming off a decisive four-length triumph in the allowance prep for the Cup and Saucer, which was taken off the grass and run over a sloppy track.

Keogh, who trains Mobil for owner Gustav Schickedanz, feels the colt's poor turf effort is a throwout.

"We've always thought a lot of him," said Keogh, "but I was fighting sore shins with him earlier on, which is why his first few races weren't that great. I don't think he was tight enough, because I couldn't lay into him in his works. After the turf race, his shins settled down nicely, and I was able to train him. I drilled him a couple of good three-quarters, and it seemed to really help him."

Keogh also entered a maiden, Last Answer, one of three runners in the 17-horse field stuck on the also-eligible list. Last Answer, who was sixth in his lone outing on the main track, is going on Lasix.

"He's a half-brother to a good turf horse I had, Affirmative Answer, who was second in the Cup and Saucer," Keogh said. "I entered him because I really think he'll have no problem getting the trip."

Sam-Son Farm has won the Cup and Saucer an astounding 13 times, including the 2001 running with first-time starter Atlantic Fury.

Trainer Mark Frostad entered three Sam-Son runners Saturday - Walls of Jericho, Shoal Water, and Colorful Judgement - but only Walls of Jericho made it into the body of the race.

Walls of Jericho is a maiden full brother to Portcullis, a winner of several turf stakes this year, including the Breeders'. Walls of Jericho is coming off a third-place finish on the grass behind Lismore Knight and Wando in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes.

Gavro, based in New York with trainer Nick Zito, will garner lots of support off a strong showing in his only start, over the Saratoga grass on Aug. 31, when he finished second in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special.

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