08/19/2001 11:00PM

Win City's injury just a bump in the road

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Win City's mildly sprained ankle, which has forced him to miss Saturday's Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga, is coming along fine, according to trainer Bob Tiller.

"He sprained his ankle on Thursday," Tiller said Monday. "There was some filling there. We X-rayed it right away, and everything was absolutely perfect. I didn't work him Saturday - I wanted to see if it would come down right away, and it didn't. It looks a lot better this morning. He's jogging sound, and I hope to be training him by Thursday or Friday. It's just enough to keep us out of the Travers."

Win City, second in the June 24 Queen's Plate, has not raced since he captured the July 22 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. Tiller hopes to run him back in the Col. R. S. McLaughlin Handicap here Sept. 15 or in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby at Thistledown Sept. 29.

Tiller saddled unbeaten Rare Friends to a front-running victory over Shaws Creek in Sunday's Vandal Stakes. He said Rare Friends could run back in the Sept. 3 Simcoe Stakes, a seven-furlong dash restricted to graduates of local yearling sales.

One Way Love retired

One Way Love, Canada's champion older horse and sprinter in 2000, has been retired to stud by owners Bruno Schickedanz and John Hillier.

One Way Love, who never ran this year, was aiming for a third straight score in last Saturday's Shepperton Stakes, but a nagging injury forced him to miss the race, according to trainer Abraham Katryan.

"He's had a suspensory problem since the fall," said Katryan. "It never seemed to get any better, so we decided to stop on him. He always traveled sound, but we knew the problem was still there. There was no point in going on with him."

One Way Love, a 6-year-old by Regal Classic, was claimed by Schickedanz and Hillier for $50,000 as a 2-year-old from owner, trainer, and breeder Jim Day. He ran in all three legs of the 1998 Canadian Triple Crown when under the care of trainer Mike Wright Jr., with his best result being a third-place finish in the Prince of Wales Stakes.

One Way Love was turned over to Katryan early in his 4-year-old season, during which he captured two stakes. He reached full bloom last year, winning six stakes in 12 starts while banking $516,464.

Katryan said the highlights of One Way Love's 2000 campaign were his 4 1/2-length triumph in the Shepperton and his third-place finish in the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont.

"He was third to More Than Ready and Trippi in the Vosburgh," Katryan said. "I think his best race was in the Shepperton. Great Defender opened up a big lead on him, and he just reeled him in. He ran quick - 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.40."

One Way Love, who was a close second to Quiet Resolve in the 2000 Canadian Horse of the Year voting, retires with 15 wins in 41 starts and earnings of $962,517.

Schickedanz plans on standing One Way Love in Ontario at a major farm which has yet to be determined.

"He's a gorgeous-looking animal with a tremendous physique," Schickedanz said. "He should be a good stallion if he passes his looks on to his offspring."

Three choices for Wake at Noon

With One Way Love out of the picture, Wake at Noon has been the big horse in Katryan's barn this year.

Wake at Noon, owned by Schickedanz, has recorded three straight second-place finishes since he beat Exciting Story in the April 8 Jacques Cartier Stakes. He was just a neck back of Say Florida Sandy in the Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont, and was 2 1/2 lengths behind that one after carving out the fractions most recently in the Grade 3 Philadelphia Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Katryan said he has three options for Wake at Noon's next start: the seven-furlong Play the King Handicap on turf here Saturday; the Grade 1, 6 1/2-furlong Forego Handicap at Saratoga Sept. 1; and the Grade 1 Atto Mile on the grass here Sept. 9.

"I might enter him and Tempered Appeal in the Play the King," Katryan said. "I think the race could split."

Tempered Appeal, who won the July 21 Bold Venture Handicap in his first start off the $80,000 claim by Schickedanz, is exiting a second-place finish in the Expedite Plus Stakes at Fort Erie.

Get your own Krone poster

Racing fans will have the opportunity to meet Julie Krone, Thoroughbred racing's all-time leading female jockey, at Woodbine Wednesday.

Krone will hold an autograph session from 6-7 p.m. on the second floor next to the customer service booth. Krone posters will also be given out that night.

* Frank's Selection and Miller's Mark meet in Wednesday's feature, an $80,000 optional claimer on the grass.