11/28/2002 12:00AM

Wake at Noon two-way Sovereign finalist


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wake at Noon, winner of four stakes and $447,886 at Woodbine this year, heads the list of Sovereign Award finalists released by the Jockey Club of Canada on Thursday.

The finalists were chosen by 59 voters across Canada, who listed their top three choices in each category with points being awarded on a 4-2-1 scale.

The winners, along with Canada's Horse of the Year, will be revealed at the 28th annual Sovereign Awards ceremony at Toronto's Royal York Hotel on Dec. 7.

To be eligible for consideration, horses must have started a minimum of three times this year in Canada before Nov. 18.

Owned and bred by Bruno Schickedanz, who is a finalist in the outstanding owner category, Wake at Noon is on the short list for both sprinter and older male honors.

Wake at Noon also is expected to be a leading candidate for horse of the year, along with the undefeated 2-year-old colt Added Edge.

Trained by Mark Casse, who tops the standings at Woodbine and is a finalist in his category, Added Edge heads a solid trio of 2-year-old male finalists.

Wando and Mobil, both owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz and trained here by Mike Keogh, are Added Edge's divisional opponents.

The 2-year-old filly finalists also are based at Woodbine with Brusque and Handpainted, the one-two finishers in the Mazarine, likely to vie for top honors.

The candidates for champion 3-year-old filly, which was another competitive division, are Lady Shari, Mulrainy, and Ginger Gold.

Several other categories were notably short of logical choices, however, with the 3-year-old males a prime example.

The nominees there are Le Cinquieme Essai, winner of Fort Erie's Prince of Wales; Forever Grand, whose two stakes scores were in races restricted to graduates of Ontario sales; and Vancouver-based Lord Shogun, undefeated in four starts in western Canada.

Portcullis, a 3-year-old who won three grass stakes at Woodbine, is a finalist in the turf male category along with Sam-Son Farm stablemates Full of Wonder and Quiet Resolve.

Chopinina, a 4-year-old who did not win a stakes but finished second when facing males in Woodbine's Grade 1 Atto Mile, is a turf filly or mare finalist along with 3-year-olds Heyahohowdy and Hot Talent.

Small Promises, winner of two two-turn stakes restricted to Ontario sales graduates, is joined by sprinters Mysterious Affair and El Prado Essence on the older filly and mare list. Roger Attfield, trainer and co-owner of Small Promises, is an outstanding trainer finalist.

The Sam-Son and Stronach Stable outfits are in their perennial positions as owner and breeder finalists. Sam-Son will be seeking its third consecutive win in both categories and the stable's trainer, Mark Frostad, is up for honors in his division.

Patrick Husbands and Todd Kabel, one-two in the Woodbine standings, are joined by Alberta's leading rider, Quincy Welch, as outstanding jockey nominees. Husbands will be seeking his fourth consecutive Sovereign Award.

Chantal Sutherland, Canada's champion apprentice in 2001, will be looking to repeat in that category. Kristopher Robinson, Fort Erie's top apprentice, and Nicola Wright, based at Hastings Park, are the other nominees.