07/03/2003 11:00PM

Mobil to Toronto Cup as Wando waits


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stablemates Wando and Mobil were kept apart on the road to the Queen's Plate. They ran one-two in the Plate with Wando the dominant winner.

They will now be going their separate ways again, with Mobil slated to run in next Saturday's Toronto Cup while Wando looks ahead to Fort Erie's July 20 Prince of Wales, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Wando and Mobil enjoyed a week off following the June 22 Queen's Plate, relaxing in separate enclosures outside trainer Mike Keogh's barn here, but they were back in training early this week.

"They're both doing very well," said Keogh, who trains the two Langfuhr colts for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz.

Mobil will be making his third appearance on turf in the $150,000 Toronto Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race that offers Grade 3 status.

"He's already proven himself on turf, and it looks like a nice sort of spot for him," said Keogh.

Mobil won the Cup and Saucer over 1 1/16 miles of yielding turf here on Oct. 12.

Plans do not call for Mobil to have a serious workout before the Toronto Cup.

"I think I'm just going to gallop him into the race," said Keogh. "He doesn't need a lot; he's a tight horse."

Wando, who won the Plate on the front end and left Mobil nine lengths back in second, is scheduled to work Sunday for the Prince of Wales, a 1 3/16-mile race with a purse of $500,000.

Patrick Husbands, who rode Wando for the first time in the Plate when Todd Kabel opted for Mobil, will do the honors again at the Fort.

Kabel retains the call on Mobil, who has been assigned high weight of 122 pounds for the Toronto Cup, which also serves as a prep for the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes.

That race, a 1 1/2-mile turf stakes that is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, will be run here Aug. 9.

Shoal Water to face Wando again

With Mobil headed elsewhere and third-place Plate finisher Rock Again sidelined by injury, Shoal Water is shaping up as Wando's major rival in the Prince of Wales.

Owned by Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad, Shoal Water won a first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles here May 30 and made just his second start of the year in the Plate, where he finished fourth. He was beaten four lengths for second.

"He needed the race badly," said Frostad. "He'll improve big time off that, I think."

Shoal Water worked six furlongs in 1:13 on the main track here Friday.

Shoal Water also is proven on turf, having finished second to Mobil in the Cup and Saucer, and originally had the Toronto Cup on his itinerary.

But while winning the Toronto Cup should fetch a prize in the neighborhood of $100,000, the Prince of Wales is worth $100,000 to the runner-up.

"The rest of us will probably be running for second money," said Frostad.

Strizzi works for Toronto Cup

Strizzi, owned by Stronach Stable and trained by Malcolm Pierce, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on the training track turf course here Friday morning in preparation for the Toronto Cup.

A homebred gelding by Lit de Justice, Strizzi is coming off a second-place finish behind the sharp shipper Moonshine Hall in the Charlie Barley, a one-mile turf race here on Plate Day.

Strizzi, who would be seeking his first stakes score in the Toronto Cup, has been weighted at 119 pounds.

Peef now in Pierce's barn

Pierce is the new trainer of Peef, who finished seventh in the Plate and is nominated to both the Toronto Cup and the Prince of Wales.

Peef, also sired by Langfuhr, is owned by the Arosa Farm of Jurgen Schemmer, who purchased him from owner-trainer Sue Leslie this spring.

Peef made three starts for trainer Rita Schnitzler, with his best performance a third-place finish in the Plate Trial.

Peef, who moved into Pierce's barn Friday, is slated to work on the turf here Sunday. He was weighted at 112 pounds for the Toronto Cup.

Jockey Club elects new members

The Jockey Club of Canada has announced the election of Reade Baker, Gail Wood, and Gordon Wilson as new members.

Baker, one of the leading trainers here, also is an accomplished owner and breeder.

Wood, also an owner and breeder, owns and operates Woodlands Farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario, and has been a leading consignor at local sales for many years.

Wilson, owner of Lormar Stable in Spruce Grove, Alberta, is the national president of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, the provincial president for that organization's Alberta division, and the president of Northlands Park in Edmonton.

The new members were elected by the Jockey Club of Canada's current membership.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its monthly meeting here Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the second-floor International Room. New members and guests are welcome.