10/21/2002 11:00PM

Wando's stablemate Mobil no slouch either


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - While Wando has been the center of attention as he prepares for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, it would be wise not to lose sight of the "other" talented 2-year-old colt here in trainer Mike Keogh's shed row.

Mobil, who like Wando is a Langfuhr colt owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz, is riding the crest of three straight victories, including the Simcoe and the Cup and Saucer Stakes.

On Tuesday, one day after Wando had his final Breeders' Cup work, Mobil breezed a smart five furlongs in 1:00.40 on the training track in preparation for the Nov. 2 Coronation Futurity.

Assistant trainer Serge LeBlanc was aboard for the drill, which was the fastest of 11 at the distance.

"It was a nice, even work - he didn't need a whole lot," said Keogh, who caught Mobil galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.60 in what will be his final major tune-up for the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity, a $250,000 race restricted to Canadian-breds.

Mobil won his maiden in the seven-furlong Simcoe and made a successful two-turn debut in the Cup and Saucer prep, which was taken off the turf and run over a mile and 70 yards of sloppy going.

Last time out, in the Cup and Saucer, Mobil was a half-length winner over 1 1/16 miles of yielding turf under regular rider Todd Kabel.

Other major contenders for the Coronation include Snake Pit, a romping winner over Ontario-sired rivals in the seven-furlong Frost King here Oct. 9, and Arco's Gold, who is undefeated in two starts and earned an eyebrow-raising Beyer Speed Figure of 92 for his seven-furlong entry-level allowance score here Oct. 13.

Snake Pit is owned by Minshall Farm and trained by Barbara Minshall, while Arco's Gold races for Alex and Steven DiIorio and is trained by John Ross, who also has conditions Coronation nominees Magic Jack and Johnny Magic.

Ross says Shaws Creek 'had enough'

Ross reports that Shaws Creek, winner of the Queenston and Plate Trial here this spring, has gone to the farm and will not see action again this season.

Shaws Creek, a Canadian-bred owned by the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds, returned from a midsummer break to race twice in early September, finishing fourth in the Halton and third in the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin.

"He'd just had enough," said Ross. "He'll be a nice 4-year-old next year."

Tails of the Crypt, another talented 3-year-old who races for Ross and the Reynoldses, probably will make his next start in the Grade 3 Woodbine Slots Cup here Nov. 9.

A Kentucky-bred, Tails of the Crypt would be facing older rivals in the $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race formerly known as the Autumn Handicap.

Tails of the Crypt made his most recent appearance at Hastings Park, finishing sixth as the favorite in the 1 1/8-mile British Columbia Derby on Sept. 21.

"He just didn't handle the tight turns there," said Ross.

Leading Role to start back in January

Leading Role, a nominee to Saturday's Ontario Fashion Handicap, is finished for the year, according to trainer and part-owner Gail Casselman.

"She's done enough racing," said Casselman. "She's going to have a break. She's had a great year."

Leading Role, a Florida-bred 4-year-old, has made seven starts this year, winning three times and missing a check only once while banking $161,587. The filly is scheduled to leave at the end of November for Florida's Payson Park.

"She'll have a break down there, and start back in January," said Casselman.

The field for the $125,000 Fashion, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares, will be headed by El Prado Essence and Devastating.

El Prado Essence would be the 120-pound topweight, spotting two pounds to Devastating.

Mulrainy prepares for Jammed Lovely

Mulrainy, who breezed five furlongs in 1:02 on the main track here last Sunday, is on target for the $150,000 Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies Nov. 3.

"I don't want to be doing a lot with her," said Tom O'Keefe, who trains Mulrainy for Wings of Erin Farm. "She's had a good campaign."

Mulrainy, a candidate for Sovereign Award honors in the 3-year-old filly division, has won three of nine starts this year, including the Duchess and La Lorgnette, and will be making her final appearance of the year in the Jammed Lovely.

Topsy Morning tries to snap slump

Topsy Morning will try to snap out of a slump when she meets $80,000 optional claiming opposition in Thursday's feature, scheduled for 6 1/2 furlongs on the grass.

Topsy Morning won in a quality field, which included Strait From Texas, when she won a $62,500 sprint on the front end July 20. But things haven't gone her way since. She failed to stay a mile in her next appearance, and had a troubled trip in another $80,000 race Sept. 14.

Trainer Phil Gracey shipped Topsy Morning to Keeneland for her most recent start in the A.P. Indy Stakes, and she finished ninth after getting squeezed at the break.

David Clark again has the mount on Topsy Morning, who will find the speed-favoring nature of the E.P. Taylor turf course to her liking, if it remains on the firm side.

Also entered in the race are Love and Marry, Forum Search, Cleocatra, Hollywood Ending, Herzblatt, Vixen Star, My Gabrielle, and Chanceisalady. Emilyna is listed for the main track only.

The Stronach Stable-owned and Malcolm Pierce-trained entry of Love and Marry and Herzblatt should be favored. Love and Marry could be the rabbit for Herzblatt, who is coming off a win in nonwinners of two other than allowance company.

* Woodbine's Dan Loiselle will participate in an all-star announcer's promotion at Arlington Park Friday. Backup announcer Ken Hornick will call the races here Friday and Saturday.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink