10/27/2005 11:00PM

Mobil sure to be popular at stud in his 2006 debut

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With the news that Canadian champion Mobil has been retired and will enter stud in Ontario at Windfields Farm in Oshawa next spring, broodmare owners will certainly be clamoring to send their mares his way.

Mobil, or "Mo" as he was known during his career, is an impressive-looking dark bay by Langfuhr out of Kinetigal, by Naskra.

The 5-year-old Mobil finished first or second in 20 stakes races, won 11 of those stakes, and earned more than $1.8 million. Among his big victories were the 2004 Dominion Day Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on the dirt, the Vigil Handicap at seven furlongs on the dirt, and three straight runnings of the Halton Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.

Last season, Mobil was voted Canada's champion older male.

Remarkably versatile, Mobil ran one of his best races in his final career start when second to Breeders' Cup Mile favorite Leroidesanimaux in the Grade 1 Atto Mile last month at Woodbine.

Many local breeders may have been hoping that Mobil's stablemate Wando, Canada's Horse of the Year in 2003, would embark on his stud career in Ontario. Instead, that son of Langfuhr is standing at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky for $10,000 U.S. But Mobil, at a fee of $6,500 Canadian, is certainly a bargain for the locals.

Also new to Ontario for 2006 is Impeachment, a son of Deputy Minister (the sire of top sires Awesome Again and Touch Gold) who was third in the 2000 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Impeachment, who raced for Dogwood Stables and earned more than $350,000 with 1 win and 4 stakes placings in 11 starts, is one of two new faces at Mike and Chris Blake's Ascot Stud in Port Colborne.

Impeachment, a second-year sire who had been standing at Cloverleaf Farms in Reddick, Fla., has 8 winners from 21 starters through Oct. 18, including a stakes-winning 2-year-old this year. An 8-year-old, Impeachment will stand for $1,500.

The Blakes also present millionaire Tejano Run to Ontario breeders for 2006. An accomplished racehorse and stallion, Tejano Run is the sire of multiple Canadian champion One for Rose and Canadian stakes winners Anglian Prince and Shaws Creek, plus a 2005 stakes winner in Italy, Dionisia. Tejano Run has a fee of $5,000.

Slew Valley, an 8-year-old graded stakes winner, is new to Anson Stud, located in Caledon East.

A winner of 7 of 33 starts, including the 2004 King Edward Gold Cup on the grass at Woodbine, Slew Valley was also placed in several Grade 1 events including the Man o' War and Sword Dancer Invitational.

A son of Valley Crossing, Slew Valley will stand for a private fee in 2006.

Winter Garden in Keeneland sale

Winter Garden, one of Canada's top sprinters in 2004, is scheduled to be offered for sale as Hip No. 171 at the upcoming Keeneland November breeding stock sale beginning Nov. 7.

Winter Garden is a daughter of Roy out of the Bold Ruckus mare Hillsburgh Rumors. She raced for Frank DiGiulio Jr. and was trained by Bob Tiller, winning 12 of 18 starts, more than $902,000, and six stakes races. She sells in foal to Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Speightstown as part of the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment.

Also cataloged are Canadian stakes winners Strait From Texas, carrying her first foal by Smarty Jones; Miss Grindstone, in foal to Mineshaft; and Mountain Angel, one of 14 offerings by Sam-Son Farms and agent Anderson Farms.