Updated on 09/17/2011 10:46AM

Mobil, Wando are Plate-ready

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mobil and Wando, both owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz and trained by Mike Keogh, wound up with favorable post positions and are the horses to beat here in Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate.

The two will race as separate betting interests, with Mobil rated as Daily Racing Form's 9-5 favorite and Wando as the second choice at 5-2.

A field of 13 was announced here Friday morning at the ceremonial draw for the 144th running of the Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, which is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

The draw was conducted in the two-tiered process used for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, with the order of selection first being established and the connections then choosing their own post position.

Keogh and Schickedanz got to pick fourth with Wando, selecting post 4, and fifth with Mobil, selecting post 6.

"It was nice to get an early selection," said Keogh, whose first choice would have been post 7, which would be the last horse to be loaded in a 13-horse field.

"We wanted Wando inside; he's got a little bit more speed. Mobil, hopefully, will just sit out there and stalk them," he said.

Todd Kabel, the regular rider of Mobil and Wando, was named on both colts at the draw and will have to declare his choice before advance wagering on the Plate opens at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Kabel announced earlier this week that his preference is Mobil, who carried the Plate weight of 126 pounds in winning the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here May 31.

Barring any last-minute change in Mobil's status, Patrick Husbands will take over aboard Wando.

The Plate will be the first start in five weeks for Wando, who won the 1 1/16-mile Marine in front-running style here May 17, and is considered to be more of a question mark at the 1 1/4-mile distance than his stablemate is.

Rock Again, DRF's third choice at 3-1, had the eighth pick in the draw and wound up with post 9.

"I'm relatively happy," said Malcolm Pierce, who trains Rock Again for Stronach Stable. "We have the two horses who are favored over us to our inside. We can keep an eye on them, for a while.

"It's a long run to the first turn, and our horse has tactical speed. He's going to be wherever the jockey wants to put him."

Eibar Coa will return aboard Rock Again, who finished second to Mobil in the Plate Trial.