11/06/2003 12:00AM

Slots Cup may be finale for Wake at Noon


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wake at Noon, Canada's reigning Horse of the Year, could make his final start before going to stud Saturday in the $166,650 Woodbine Slots Cup. The Grade 3 Slots Cup, a 1 1/16-mile handicap, has lured an excellent nine-horse field.

Wake at Noon, a 6-year-old trained by Abraham Katryan, has had a typically good year, winning three stakes in eight starts. Wake at Noon made his mark as a sprinter, but captured two 1 1/16-mile stakes in the summer - the Izvestia and Seagram Cup.

Wake at Noon finished last after flashing speed on turf in the Grade 1 Atto Mile, which was his second-to-last start. Most recently, he was softened up in a speed duel in the nine-furlong Durham Cup Handicap and finished third.

Katryan noted that Wake at Noon didn't possess his customary zip in the Durham Cup.

"Coming off the Atto Mile, he didn't have his usual speed," said Katryan. "He'll be sharper this time."

Katryan entered Wake at Noon in an overnight stakes last Saturday, which failed to fill. He said there is an outside chance that Wake at Noon could run back in the Nov. 29 Kennedy Road Stakes, which Wake at Noon won in 2000.

Completing the field are Parose, Mobil, Attest, Kiss a Native, Free of Love, Florida Recount, No Comprende, and Barbeau Ruckus.

Mobil went over $1 million in earnings when he defeated 3-year-olds Oct. 13 in the Grade 3 Ontario Derby. It was his fifth stakes win of the meeting

Trainer Mike Keogh entered Mobil in last Sunday's Labeeb Stakes, but scratched him because of the deep, sloppy track. Keogh said he wasn't able to work Mobil to prepare for Saturday's race.

"With the racetrack being so bad, I haven't been able to do anything with him," said Keogh. "He's going into it without a breeze under his belt, but I don't think it will be a problem."

Mobil does his optimum running on or near the lead, but Keogh said he wants to avoid a front-end battle with Wake at Noon.

"I don't want to get hooked up in a speed duel with him," Keogh said. "[Mobil] should be camped on his flank."

Parose and No Comprende are two closers with a big chance in the Slots Cup. Parose, who won the 2001 Slots Cup, benefited from an outside bias when he took the Grade 3 Durham Cup in his last start.

No Comprende finished fourth behind the likes of Perfect Drift and Volponi in Grade 2 competition earlier this year.