Updated on 09/17/2011 12:10PM

Plans uncertain for Wando


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - His Canadian Triple Crown mission accomplished, Wando now will have a short break while plans for his immediate future are mapped out.

While the general assumption has been that Wando would head south, to run on the main track and establish his viability as a candidate for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic, there is an interesting alternative right here in his backyard.

"If we do go to the Breeders' Cup you'd think of the Classic, because of the way he won the Queen's Plate," said Keogh, alluding to the fact that both the Plate and Classic are run at 1 1/4 miles on dirt. "But if you run in the Atto Mile, you get a really serious line on whether to run in the Breeders' Cup Mile. The timing is nice, too."

The Grade 1 Atto Mile, a $1 million turf race, will be run here Sept. 14 and Keogh notes that Wando's regular rider, Patrick Husbands, believes the colt actually is better on turf.

Wando also has been nominated to the Sept. 20 Super Derby, a Grade 2, $500,000 race for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Louisiana Downs, and could be considered for the Sept. 1 Pennsylvania Derby, a Grade 3 which offers a purse of $500,000, at 1 1/8 miles at Philadelphia Park.

Keogh says Mobil's race not a true bill

Keogh had hoped to get a line on how Wando would fit into the North American 3-year-old hierarchy when he sent his stablemate Mobil to last Saturday's West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park.

Owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz, Mobil had won the seven-furlong Queenston and 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial this spring and was a strong second choice behind Wando in the Queen's Plate, where he finished nine lengths behind in second.

Mobil then won the Toronto Cup at 1 1/8 miles on turf here July 12. The West Virginia Derby, also at 1 1/8 miles but on the main track, seemed a reasonable venture.

The race's value as a measuring stick was lost almost immediately, however, when Mobil broke very poorly and jockey Jorge Chavez elected to keep him well off the pace.

Mobil did manage to rally mildly and finished fifth, beaten 9 1/2 lengths in a race where the favorites, Soto and Dynever, were dominant and finished a neck apart in a track-record 1:46.29.

"I was a little disappointed with the ride," Keogh said. "It wasn't his fault that the horse stumbled badly leaving the gate, but I don't know why he guzzled him so much. He was nearly dead last going into the clubhouse turn.

"I don't think it was his true race. To me, I think that if he'd have got to run his style, he would have been third."

Mobil is back at Woodbine and is slated to make his next appearance here Sept. 1 in one of the six $125,000 yearling sales stakes, where he will be reunited with jockey Todd Kabel.

Keogh said Mobil probably will be cross-entered in both the Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile dirt race for colts and geldings, 3 and up, and the Halton, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, which is his likely choice.

Mobil is eligible for the yearling sales stakes after going through the ring at the local select sale, where he was bought back for $30,000.