Mobil Motors to Cup and Saucer Victory
Updated: Saturday, October 12, 2002 8:32 PM
Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2002 8:32 PM
Owner Owner Gus Schickedanz and trainer Mike Keogh are on a roll.
Six days after their Wando dominated rivals in the Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes en route to a possible start in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Juvenile (gr. I) event later this month in Chicago, Mobil defeated 13 rivals in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes Saturday at Woodbine.
Mobil, a big bay 2-year-old son of Langfuhr, may be regarded by observers as the barn's second stringer but he shined in the spotlight in the 1 1/16-mile turf event under Todd Kabel.
Sent off the 3-1 second choice, Mobil sat mid-pack off sharp early fractions of 23.08 and 46.29 seconds as a four-horse scramble for the lead unfolded.
Kabel then asked the Ontario-bred for run around the sweeping turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course and Mobil answered with a sharp turn of foot.
Also responding to Jake Barton's urging, though, was first-time starter Shoal Water.
The two dueled down the stretch, with a courageous Mobil prevailing over Shoal Water by a hard-fought half-length in a running time of 1:42.33.
Kabel said Mobil's talent shone through in the Cup and Saucer.
"This horse is improving every time. He's a big, versatile colt. When he makes the lead he just kind of loafs along. Today he hooked (Shoal Water) and was quite content to stay with him. I knew I had a lot more horse underneath me but he got the job done."
Keogh, who saddled Mobil to a win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 2, said the January foal was in good form heading into the Cup and Saucer.
"He's been training really well. We'd worked him twice on the turf before the prep for the Cup and Saucer, which came off the turf, and he'd worked very well. I'm happy with him."
Keogh expects to start Mobil next in the Coronation Futurity, the country's top race for Canadian-bred juveniles, on November 2 at Woodbine.
Mobil collected $150,000 for the Cup and Saucer victory to raise his career record to three wins in five starts for earnings of $264,306.
Mobil paid $8.50, $3.90, $3.00 across the board and combined with the Shoal Water-Walls Of Jericho-Colorful Judgement entry ($4.50, $2.70) for a $26.50 exacta. Favored Gavro finished third.
and trainer Mike Keogh are on a roll.
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