08/09/2004 11:00PM

Wake at Noon unretired


ETOBICOKE, Ont. - Wake at Noon is back at Woodbine.

Canada's horse of the year, champion older horse, and champion sprinter in 2002, Wake at Noon rejoined trainer Abraham Katryan here Tuesday after spending the winter as a stallion on the farm of his owner and breeder, Bruno Schickedanz.

"We took him out of training at the end of January," said Schickedanz. "He retired sound - in perfect order. We bred him to 50-odd mares."

While he has not heard from the owners of all the mares that Wake at Noon covered, Schickedanz said at least a dozen were in foal. In the meantime, Schickedanz had been toying with the idea of returning Wake at Noon to the races.

"We took him out a few times - he was bucking, squealing, excited," said Schickedanz. "So we took him out a few more times, and he kept showing us he had what he used to have."

Wake at Noon, now 7 years old, has been training on the farm in nearby Newmarket for about six weeks.

"He's in great shape," said Schickedanz. "He's easy to train. Some horses get obnoxious at stud. He's still a gentleman."

Schickedanz hopes Wake at Noon can be back racing by the beginning of October. "He'll have a few starts here, then a few starts in Florida," said Schickedanz. "Then, he'll go back to stud, next February. There's no reason he can't have the best of both worlds."

Wake at Noon has raced 47 times, compiling a record of 19-6-5 for earnings of $1,567,492. All of his wins, including 13 stakes, came at Woodbine.

Bosskiri stays unbeaten winning Nandi

Bosskiri remained perfect in two starts when she dominated six rivals here in Sunday's Nandi, a six-furlong stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies. Trained by Reade Baker, Bosskiri had captured an Ontario-sired maiden special over 5 1/2 furlongs here July 22.

"She's a little moody," said Baker. "I was a little worried about her the second time, going to the paddock and the gate, but she was perfect the whole trip."

Bosskiri is owned by Harlequin Ranches, Park Stud, and D. Morgan Firestone, who bought an interest in the filly just last week.

Purchased for $45,000, Bosskiri is scheduled to make her next start here Sept. 5 in the $125,000 Muskoka, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies who are products of the local yearling sale.

"Seven furlongs will be no problem," said Baker. "She's very rateable."

Galaxy, a 2-year-old colt in the Baker barn who was purchased for $42,000 at the same local auction, is slated to run in Sunday's $150,000 Vandal, a six-furlong race for Canadian-breds. Owned by Baker in partnership by Mobile Stable, Jim Aston, and Rob Smithen, Galaxy finished a good second when she debuted at five furlongs here July 16.

"I think he's a nice horse," said Baker. "He doesn't have Bosskiri's speed, but I think he has her quality."

Baker said that Slew Valley went back to the track Tuesday following a two-week break and will be trained up to the Grade 1, $1 million Atto Mile here Sept. 19.

Slew Valley, owned by Jim Hindman and Alan Burkhard, joined Baker here this spring and promptly won back-to-back turf stakes, capturing the Grade 3 Connaught Cup over 1 1/16 miles May 30 and the Grade 2 King Edward over 1 1/8 miles June 19. In his last start, which came in the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre over 1 3/8 miles on grass July 25, Slew Valley failed to fire and finished sixth.

One for Rose handles males

One for Rose, last year's Sovereign Award-winning older female, added another feather to her cap here last Saturday by trouncing six male opponents in the 1 1/16-mile Seagram Cup.

A 5-year-old Ontario-bred owned by Tucci Stable and trained by Sid Attard, One for Rose had opened up her current campaign with a fourth-place finish against males in the 1 1/16-mile Eclipse here May 24.

One for Rose then traded decisions with Winning Chance in a pair of 1 1/16-mile filly and mare stakes, winning the June 20 Ontario Matron and finishing second in the July 18 Belle Mahone.

Owners Carlo and Lou Tucci then favored running One for Rose in the Grade 1 Go for Wand, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares at Saratoga Aug. 1, but that plan did not come to fruition.

"That was too close for her, coming back in two weeks," said Attard. "She needs time off; she runs so hard. And, her blood was 'down' a little bit."

Attard wasn't much keener on running One for Rose in the Seagram Cup, but the Tuccis called the shot. "I was against running her against the boys, but at least we didn't have to ship," said Attard.

One for Rose's next target here will be the Sept. 5 Algoma, a $125,000 yearling sales stakes for fillies and mares which she won impressively here last year.

Organ Grinder and Dashing Admiral, who have won stakes for Attard here this year, are preparing for added-money events later this month.

Kentucky-bred Organ Grinder won the 1 1/8-mile Victoria Park, an open race for 3-year-olds here June 13, and is pointing for Northlands Park's Aug. 28 Canadian Derby, a 1 3/8 mile race that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $250,000.

Dashing Admiral won the Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here July 16, and should make his next appearance in the $125,000 Vice Regent, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here Aug. 29.

* Moonshine Justice, winner of the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds here July 18, worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 Tuesday in preparation for the Vandal. "He did it easy," said Dave Cotey, trainer and co-owner of Moonshine Justice, after watching the colt drill on the fast main track under exercise rider Charles Brown.

Todd Kabel retains the mount on Moonshine Justice, who will be the only stakes winner in the Vandal lineup.