07/19/2004 11:00PM

Winning Chance finally turns tables on longtime rival


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It took a while, but Winning Chance finally got the better of One for Rose here in last Sunday's $107,000 Belle Mahone.

Winning Chance and One for Rose both are 5-year-old mares and had met on six previous occasions.

In their first encounter, One for Rose finished second and Winning Chance fourth in the seven-furlong Kamar here last July 13.

Their next five meetings all ended the same way, with One for Rose first and Winning Chance second.

Winning Chance, owned by Stronach Stable and trained by Danny Vella, started her current campaign with an impressive win in the 1 1/16-mile prep for the Ontario Matron here May 30. On June 20, in the Matron itself, One for Rose was among her opponents and it was deja vu all over again.

"Truthfully, I think this filly is better than she was last year," said Vella. "I think running her back in three weeks was too quick."

Vella believes the four-week span from the Matron to the Belle Mahone was the key to the success of Winning Chance, who spent some of that time at Adena Springs North with farm trainer Sean Smullen.

"Sean put some weight on her at the farm," said Vella. "She's a better horse when she's bigger and heavier. She was on top of her game."

Winning Chance headed back to the farm the morning after her Belle Mahone score and is slated to make her next start here in the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares that is one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes on Sept. 5.

One for Rose, owned by Tucci Stable and trained by Sid Attard, also is bound for the Algoma, which she won by 9 1/2 lengths over Winning Chance last year.

Moonshine Justice is served

Moonshine Justice ran a big race to finish second here in his June 13 debut, only to be disqualified and placed fourth.

But Moonshine Justice more than made amends here Sunday, becoming a stakes winner in his second career start, the $158,700 Clarendon.

"I thought he'd run huge last time," said Dave Cotey, who trains Moonshine Justice and is a co-owner along with regular partners Hugh Galbraith and Derek Ball.

"I probably didn't have him tight enough - I didn't push on him, I never set him down. Maybe I was expecting too much from him."

There was certainly no doubt about Moonshine Justice's readiness here Sunday, as he dueled outside the odds-on favorite, Flat Rock, and drew off through the lane to score by three lengths.

"I thought he'd be up near the front," said Cotey. "When Todd was just sitting there turning for home, I knew it was all over."

Todd, of course, would be Todd Kabel, who picked up the mount on Moonshine Justice when Constant Montpellier went down to Fort Erie to ride Picadilly Bay in Sunday's Prince of Wales.

Moonshine Justice is slated to make his next appearance here in the seven-furlong Simcoe, the yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Moonshine Justice went through the ring at the selected yearling sale here last September and was bought back for $25,000. He then was purchased privately by Cotey.

Change of course for Mobil

Mobil, originally headed for the Aug. 7 Seagram Cup over 1 1/16 miles on the main track, has been redirected to Sunday's Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes.

The Chinese Cultural Centre is a Grade 2, $300,000 race over 1 3/8 miles on turf.

Mobil tuned up for his new assignment with a seven-furlong breeze of 1:28.20 over the turf training track here Sunday. Jono Jones was aboard for the drill and will ride Mobil for the first time in the Chinese Cultural Centre.

Jones replaces Mobil's regular rider, Kabel, who had made a previous commitment in the belief that Mobil was headed to the Seagram Cup.

Mobil, a 4-year-old colt owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz and trained by Mike Keogh, is coming off a 12 3/4-length win in the Dominion Day Handicap, over 1 1/4 miles on the main track here July 1.

In his longest turf race, Mobil finished third, beaten four lengths, in the Grade 2 Sky Classic over 1 3/8 miles here last fall.

Keogh pointed out that Mobil was a 3-year-old facing older rivals in the Sky Classic, and that the soft going might have compromised his chances.

Attard high on filly

Sid Attard has a candidate for Saturday's feature, the $150,000 Shady Well, in Dancehall Deelites.

Owned and bred by Bob Harvey, Dancehall Deelites would be making her second career start in the Shady Well, a 5 1/2-furlong race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

In her first appearance, over five furlongs here July 9, Dancehall Deelites was five wide turning for him and closed under jockey Slade Callaghan to finish second, beaten by three-quarters of a length.

"She ran a really good race," said Attard. "I really like this filly."

Dancehall Deelite breezed four furlongs in 49 seconds on the training track here Sunday, with blinkers added to her equipment. Attard said the filly will race with blinkers Saturday.