07/01/2004 12:00AM

Mobil romps home in Dominion Day


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mobil assumed command midway on the far turn under Todd Kabel and drew off for a convincing win in the Grade 3, $217,200 Dominion Day Handicap at Woodbine on Thursday.

Mobil raced in a stalking position in fourth in the 1 1/4-mile event, as Slim Dusty set fractions of 23.61 and 47.02 seconds. Mobil entered serious contention at the three-eighths pole, then overhauled Slim Dusty and Tackling Stress midway on the far turn before kicking clear. He went on to prevail by 12 3/4 lengths in a final time of 2:03.34, and paid $3.20.

Mark One, the 5-2 second choice, secured second by a neck over a closing The Judge Sez Who. Parrott Bay, Hydrogen, Tackling Stress, and Slim Dusty completed the order of finish.

Kabel said Mobil is a lot more mature this year.

"Last year, he could get pretty aggressive with you at times," he said, "but he's letting you do whatever you want now, and that's what good horses are all about. When I asked him to run in the stretch, he lowered his back and gave me a gear that I'd never felt before. It was a great feeling."

Mobil earned $130,320 for owner Gustav Schickedanz and trainer Mike Keogh, who was relieved to see the son of Langfuhr rebound off a ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont.

"You never like to see them get beat like that, especially for their confidence, but he'd trained back very well," said Keogh. "When he worked a mile the other day, he went super."

Achievement: Twisted Wit scores

Twisted Wit ($11) overcame a troubled trip to capture Thursday's supporting feature, the $159,900 Achieve-ment Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Imperial Alydeed unseated his rider at the break in the six-furlong dash, and jockey Steven Bahen had to steady Twisted Wit on the backstretch in order to avoid clipping heels with that loose runner. Twisted Wit pressed quick, wind-aided fractions before drawing off for a 4 1/2-length victory over 3-5 favorite Cut and Shoot. The final time was 1:08.99.

Bob Tiller trains Twisted Wit, who earned $100,737 for owner Rolph Davis.