12/05/2006 12:00AM

Wake At Noon all ready to fire

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wake At Noon, Canada's Horse of the Year in 2002, makes his third start off a 14-month layoff when he runs in Thursday's Woodbine feature. A third-level allowance worth $78,400, the race will be contested at 1 1/16 miles and has an optional claiming price of $80,000.

Wake At Noon, a 9-year-old trained by Abraham Katryan, made 10 starts in 2005, winning a classified allowance and finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup Stakes. He was absent for 14 months before he returned to action Oct. 20 and finished fourth against $80,000 opposition going six furlongs. Most recently, in a seven-furlong optional claimer, Wake At Noon was never a serious factor and finished eighth, beaten 15 lengths.

"He started training really good towards his first race, and we just tried to get him back into gear," Katryan said. "In his second race, I think he went easy on himself."

Katryan said Wake At Noon has trained forwardly heading into Thursday's engagement.

"I expect a big race from him," Katryan said. "I think a mile and a sixteenth should be a little better for him, because he doesn't have the early lick that he had when he was much younger. He won at a mile and 70 yards last year."

Apprentice Michelle Rainford inherits the mount on Wake At Noon from Emile Ramsammy, who will ride Dumbledore.

Dumbledore didn't make his season debut until Sept. 16, when he came off an 11-month layoff and finished fourth in a $50,000 claimer. After capturing a $50,000 claimer over 1 1/16 miles Sept. 29, Dumbledore finished second by a neck in a $62,500 optional claimer, in which he was prominent throughout but was caught late by Soul Rebel. Soul Rebel eventually finished third in the Sir Barton Stakes.

High Volt Jolt is at the end of a successful campaign, during which he has recorded three wins and four second-place finishes in 10 starts, for earnings of $220,468. After finishing third in the Grade 3 Vigil Stakes, he was claimed by trainer Sid Attard for $62,500, and he won two starts back at that optional claiming class.

Fuhrever Dancing was a distant third in Wake At Noon's last start, which was won by a razor-sharp Stradivinsky. Two unplaced runners subsequently scored - Twisted Wit and Sonoma Storm.

Atanas finished ninth behind Fuhrever Dancing and Wake At Noon in that optional claimer, his first start in four months. He figures to flash some speed on the stretchout.