07/13/2003 11:00PM

Mobil, Wando locking up local stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It didn't take long for Mobil to return to the limelight after he was overshadowed by his stablemate Wando here in the June 22 Queen's Plate.

Although he had enjoyed a week off after the Plate and came into last Saturday's Toronto Cup without the benefit of an interim workout, Mobil was at his best in gamely turning back the challenges of Strizzi and Moonshine Hall in the 1 1/8-mile turf race.

"There was no speed in the race, other than Illusive Force," said Mike Keogh, who trains both Mobil and Wando for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz. "We knew we'd be on the lead, if he didn't go."

Mobil, who earlier had won the Queenston and Plate Trial, was continuing an incredible domination of the local 3-year-old stakes for Keogh and Schickedanz.

With Wando having captured the Woodstock and the Marine prior to the Plate, all six of the barn's victories this meet have come in stakes won by the two 3-year-olds.

Todd Kabel, who contributed a well-judged ride aboard Mobil last Saturday, has ridden five of those six winners and now has won a meet-leading 12 stakes.

Both Mobil and Wando have been invited to Monmouth's Grade 1, $1 million Haskell, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds Aug. 3. But Wando, at least, will have other fish to fry as he will be heavily favored to win the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales, at Fort Erie on Sunday.

Wando had his final major tune-up for the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales here Sunday, drilling six furlongs in 1:11.40 under Patrick Husbands, who was aboard for the Plate and retains the mount.

"He worked awesome," said Keogh, noting that Wando had galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.80.

Prince of Wales hopefuls work

Four other Prince of Wales candidates had their final tune-ups here Sunday or Monday.

Shoal Water worked five furlongs in 1:00 under David Clark, while Peef was timed in 1:00.80 for the same distance with Ray Sabourin in the irons on the main track here Sunday.

Clark and Sabourin will be riding their respective mounts for the first time Sunday.

Arco's Gold, who will be ridden by Constant Montpellier, worked four furlongs in 48.60 seconds with exercise rider Chad Beckon on the training track Monday, while Solihull drilled five furlongs in 1:00.80 under jockey Dino Luciani on the main track.

Rounding out the prospective field of seven for the Prince of Wales are Gavro (Steven Bahen) and Sonofawac (Corey Clark).

The draw for the race will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Erie.

Added Edge returns Saturday

Added Edge, who outpointed Mobil and Wando in the Sovereign Award balloting for the 2-year-old male title last year, remains on target to make his meet debut in Saturday's $125,000 Bold Venture. In the Bold Venture, a 6 1/2-furlong handicap, Added Edge will face older horses for the first time.

Trained by Mark Casse, Added Edge has been assigned 113 pounds for the Bold Venture, but his regular rider, Husbands, tacks 117 pounds.

Owned by Team Valor and Robert Wilson and trained by Mark Casse, Added Edge was undefeated in four starts at 2 and was injured when finishing last in his seasonal debut at Gulfstream this January.

A Kentucky-bred colt, Added Edge has been working very well for his return. His latest drill was a four-furlong move in 47.80 seconds from the gate here last Saturday.

Casse decided to work Added Edge in the gate because his last two races had been at 1 1/16 miles and one mile.

"We just wanted to sharpen his speed up a bit," said the trainer, who added that the work was particularly impressive because Added Edge was running right into a strong headwind.

Gigawatt, Maple Syrple to Saratoga

Gigawatt and Maple Syrple, two more high-profile Casse runners, worked five furlongs in company here Saturday and are slated to make their next starts at Saratoga.

"They both went very well, both in hand," said Casse, noting that Gigawatt was clocked in 59 seconds and finished just a neck ahead of Maple Syrple, who was timed in 59.20.

Gigawatt, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old colt, is heading for a third-level allowance at Saratoga July 24.

"I had hoped to run him in an allowance race here, but it didn't go," said Casse, whose major target for Gigawatt is the $600,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park Aug. 9.

Maple Syrple, a Canadian-bred 2-year-old filly owned by Team Valor and Wilson, will be seeking her third win in as many starts in Saratoga's opening-day Schuylerville.

Perfect Soul vs. Strut the Stage

The principals for Sunday's feature, the $200,000 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes, had their final preps on the training track turf course here Sunday.

Perfect Soul, winner of the Grade 2 King Edward over 1 1/8 miles on turf here June 15, went six furlongs in 1:14.60.

Strut the Stage, the King Edward runner-up, worked seven furlongs in 1:28.40 while going in company with Portcullis, Canada's reigning champion turf male.

Strut the Stage and Portcullis could be joined by Sam-Son Farm stablemate Angel on the Wing in the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre, a 1 3/8-mile turf race.

* Seeking the Ring, Sam-Son's 3-year-old filly who is coming off a dead heat for the win in Fort Erie's July 1 Bison City, had her first taste of turf Sunday, working five furlongs in 1:00. Her next target is the $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies here Aug. 4.