09/30/2004 11:00PM

Comeback for Wake at Noon


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Mazarine Stakes will be the feature of record here Sunday, but there will be particular interest in at least one other event on the program.

Wake at Noon, Canada's Horse of the Year and champion sprinter in 2002 and a multiple stakes winner of more than $1.5 million, will be making his first start since Jan. 3 in a 6 1/2-furlong classified allowance race.

More to the point, however, is that the 7-year-old Wake at Noon spent the winter at stud on the farm of his owner and breeder, Bruno Schickedanz, before the decision was made to restart his racing career.

"He's been training up a storm," said trainer Abraham Katryan. "He's come back really good. It seems like he didn't miss a beat, and that he's happy to be back in the barn."

Wake at Noon won't be getting any breaks in terms of company in the $76,100 allowance race, with the talented sprint stakes winners Forever Grand and I'm the Tiger among his opponents in the field of five.

One for Rose headed for Spinster

One for Rose has ruled the filly-mare roost here for the past couple of seasons, and her owners, Carlo and Lou Tucci, have been content with that status.

But with no local opportunity on the immediate horizon, One for Rose will take her show on the road in no less a spot than the Spinster, a Grade 1, $500,000 stakes at Keeneland next Sunday.

The probable field for the Spinster, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, includes Azeri, the Eclipse Award winner who is enjoying a revival this season.

One for Rose, trained by Sid Attard, will have regular rider Emile Ramsammy in the irons.

Organ Grinder to go against 'Gold'

Attard also plans to have a key entrant locally next Sunday as Organ Grinder, the 3-year-old colt he trains for Sue and Bill McClellan, is on target for the $150,000 Ontario Derby.

A 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, the Ontario Derby also is the next scheduled start for A Bit O' Gold and could have an important bearing on the Sovereign Award voting for the division.

Organ Grinder has won the Victoria Park, an open stakes here over 1 1/8 miles, plus the Grade 3 Canadian Derby over 1 3/8 miles at Northlands Park.

A Kentucky-bred, Organ Grinder also won two allowance races here and finished second in the Marine Stakes.

A Bit O' Gold won the last two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales at Fort Erie and the Breeders' here at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

An Ontario-bred owned by The Two Bit Racing Stable and trained by Catherine Day Phillips, A Bit O' Gold also finished second in the Queen's Plate after winning the Plate Trial.

Niigon, the Queen's Plate winner, has been turned out for the season.

Three tracks, four entrants for Baker

Trainer Reade Baker will be represented on three separate fronts next Saturday with Slew Valley headed for Maryland, Kathern's Cat going to Edmonton, and Touchnow and Silky Tresses staying put for the Carotene.

Slew Valley, a 7-year-old Maryland-bred horse who races for Jim Hindman and Alan Burkhard, is eyeing the $100,000 Maryland Million Turf, a 1 1/8-mile race in which he will be ridden by Stewart Elliott. In his last start, on Sept. 19 here, Slew Valley finished 5 3/4 lengths back as the seventh-place finisher in the Atto Mile.

Kathern's Cat, bred in Kentucky by her owners, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, is journeying to Northlands Park for the $40,000 Freedom of the City, a one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies.

Kathern's Cat won her maiden here Sept. 22 in her last start, racing under special weight terms at a mile on turf. Prior to that, Kathern's Cat had finished second, beaten a neck, in a $50,000 maiden race at six furlongs that was won by Didycheatamandhowe, who is running in the Mazarine.

Touchnow will return to turf for the $150,000 Carotene, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Owned by George Farr, Touchnow won the 1 1/16-mile Bison City at Fort Erie after running second in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks. Her only previous grass outing came here in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where, in which she finished seventh after a poor start.

Silky Tresses, owned by Hindman and Burkhard, won her maiden at a mile on turf here, then finished second at 1 1/16 miles on grass under a $50,000 claiming price in her most recent start.

Gold Strike targets Fanfreluche

Baker also is looking forward to taking over as the trainer of Gold Strike, who has been running at Assiniboia Downs.

Gold Strike, a 2-year-old daughter of Smart Strike who races for her breeder, Harlequin Ranches, is coming off a 15 3/4-length win over Manitoba-breds in the one-mile Buffalo Stakes. That effort earned her a Beyer Speed Figure of 75.

Baker plans to point Gold Strike to the $150,000 Fanfreluche Stakes, a six-furlong race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here Nov. 7.

* Woodbine and its teletheatres will offer simulcast wagering on Sunday's Arc de Triomphe and Grand Hotel Barrieire from Longchamp. Post time for the Arc here will be 11:30 a.m., with the Grand Hotel Barriere going at 12:15 p.m.