10/22/2002 11:00PM

Katryan finds his next top prospect


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It has been three years since trainer Abraham Katryan sent out Wake at Noon as a promising 2-year-old. Wake at Noon won his maiden by 11 lengths and earned a whopping 97 Beyer Speed Figure.

Wake at Noon has gone on to bank more than $1.2 million, and is slated to make his next start Saturday at Arlington in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Whispered Warning could be the next top prospect in Katryan's barn, and should be a short-priced favorite in Friday's seventh race at Woodbine, a six-furlong allowance for 2-year-olds.

Whispered Warning graduated first time out over $62,500 maidens on Sept. 7 for owner-trainer Mark Casse, who ran him back two weeks later in the Swynford Stakes. Whispered Warning led until about the eighth pole in the that seven-furlong sprint, setting quick fractions before giving way to his unbeaten stablemate Added Edge and Canasta.

Katryan purchased Whispered Warning, on behalf of owner Glen Harvey's Jets Racing Stable shortly after the Swynford.

"I watched him run in that stakes, and thought he was the perfect horse for me," Katryan recalled. "I need a good 3-year-old for next year. I was impressed after watching him run the first three-quarters in 1:10 and change. He did all the work for Added Edge."

Whispered Warning has made just one start for Katryan, and it was a doozy. He dueled up front in a seven-furlong allowance Oct. 13, and opened up a clear lead in midstretch before getting caught on the wire by Arco's Gold. His Beyer Speed Figure for the race was a Wake at Noon-like 91.

"I was very pleased with that race," Katryan said. "I don't think he saw [Arco's Gold] coming until it was too late, although he might not have been ready to go that distance then.

"I'm still fussing around with his equipment," he added. "He's not focused on running yet. I put a shadow roll on him the other day, and he seemed to go better."

Completing the field are Vegas Venture, Into the Dawn, Martini Justice, Frankiefourfingers, Mr Tickety Boo, and Loosin Screws.

Frankiefourfingers, a $135,000 buyback at a local 2-year-old sale in June, captured the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon Stakes when he debuted here June 29 for trainer Ed Freeman. He was off after that race until Sept. 24, when he set the pace in the six-furlong Juvenile Stakes at his Fort Erie base before giving way to Right on the Line, a maiden who had shipped in from Delaware Park.