Canadian Champion Wake At Noon to Retire to Stud

Wake At Noon, Canada's 2002 Horse of the Year, will be retired later this year for stallion duty at owner Bruno Schickedanz' Select Stud in Ontario, Canada. Wake At Noon is scheduled to run in the Nov. 8 Woodbine Slots Cup (Can-III) and maybe another race. "It's 95% certain the Slots will be his final race," said Abraham Katryan, who has trained the 6-year-old son of Cure the Blues from day one.

Wake At Noon, who will stand for $6,000, also earned Sovereign Awards last year as top sprinter and older horse during a season in which he won four stakes. He has won three stakes this year--the Vigil Handicap (Can-III) for the second consecutive time and the Seagram Cup Stakes and Izvestia Stakes.

"He could race again next year," Katryan said in relation to the horse's overall soundness. "He just keeps getting better."

Wake At Noon has won 19 of 44 races and earned $1,534,493. Thirteen of those wins have come in stakes. Wake At Noon's dam, Sermon Time (by Silver Deputy), was one of Canada's top 2-year-olds fillies, with wins or placings in five stakes at that age.