04/26/2002 11:00PM

Wake at Noon tops $1 million


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Favored Wake at Noon vaulted over the $1 million mark in career earnings with a daylight score in Saturday's Grade 3, $165,000 Vigil Handicap at Woodbine.

It was the third straight stakes victory for Wake at Noon, who pressed front-running Dream Launcher through moderate splits of 22.77 and 45.48 seconds. He assumed command at the top of the stretch, and went on to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths over a closing Exciting Story.

Geraint, the 79-1 outsider in the eight-horse field, finished third, while Win City, reigning Canadian Horse of the Year, was sixth. The final time was 1:23.13.

"I was very confident after the way he left the gate," said winning rider Emile Ramsammy. "The race set up nicely for him, and he had a perfect run."

Wake at Noon ($4.50) earned $99,000 for owner Bruno Schickedanz and trainer Abraham Katryan, which boosted his bankroll to $1,037,465.