09/02/2007 11:00PM

'Attorney' has a big fan base


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - There were plenty of happy campers here at Woodbine on Sunday after Rahy's Attorney won the $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes.

The party, in fact, started earlier Sunday afternoon when Glitter Rox won a $40,000 claiming race after graduating for $32,000 in her last start here Aug. 5.

Rahy's Attorney, a 3-year-old gelding, and Glitter Rox, a 3-year-old filly, both are trained by Ian Black and are among the first three horses to race for their breeder, Ellie Boje Farm. The other, Flatt Out Lucky, is a 2-year-old filly who has been working well and should debut in the near future.

Ellie Boje, the wife-and-husband team of Ellie and Joe MacLellan of Spencerville, Ontario, races the three horses in partnership with a group of family and friends.

Included are Joe's mother, Jean MacLellan; his brother, Jim MacLellan; Jim's wife, Debra, of Calgary; and friends Mitch Peters and Dean Read, also Calgarians.

Rahy's Attorney recorded his third straight win in as many turf appearances and made his stakes debut in the Vice Regent, a one-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

"He's matured," said Black, who had raced Rahy's Attorney for a $32,000 claiming tag in his second and last start as a 2-year-old. "But I would say turf moves him up, no question."

The next major target for Rahy's Attorney will be the $125,000 Bunty Lawless, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward here Oct. 28.

"I think we should keep him in Ontario-sired company, and then call it a day," Black said. "He's had a great year."

Sunday's victory brought Rahy's Attorney's bankroll for the season to $224,280 via a record of 4-1-1 from seven starts.

Mike Fox targets Ontario Derby

Black himself has had a notable season, highlighted by his victory with Mike Fox in the $1 million Queen's Plate.

Mike Fox, owned by D. Morgan Firestone, had a break on the farm after finishing fifth in the Breeders' Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf here Aug. 5 but has been back here galloping for the past week and a half.

"We'll try to get him on some sort of program to get him to the Ontario Derby," Black said.

The $150,000 Ontario Derby, the last stakes race of the meeting restricted to 3-year-olds, will be run here Sept. 30.

Sam-Son Farm ends drought

Speak Wisely ended a mini stakes drought for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad by capturing Saturday's $128,600 Ontario Colleen, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, under jockey Todd Kabel.

The barn had had 15 stakes starters since Windward Islands won the July 14 Toronto Cup.

Speak Wisely, a Kentucky-bred who was a $275,000 yearling purchase at Saratoga, was making her fourth career start and turf debut in the Ontario Colleen.

Although she had never even worked on turf, Frostad had reasons to believe Speak Wisely would take to the medium.

"The way she's built, and her action, made me think she'd like it," Frostad said. "And, there's the fact she's by Smart Strike. He's been a good turf sire."

Speak Wisely was in at the track last year but went home early. "She was quite backward," Frostad said. "She just wasn't going to be a 2-year-old."

After wintering in Florida, Speak Wisely returned to Woodbine this spring and was a game winner when making her seasonal bow in a seven-furlong maiden special here June 23.

But in her next start, which came in a first-level allowance race at 1o1/16 miles on July 21, Speak Wisely finished third behind a pair of older rivals as the odds-on choice.

"She just wasn't fit enough, or seasoned enough," Frostad said.

Speak Wisely bounced back with a second-place finish behind the very talented Bear Now in the Duchess, a seven-furlong race here Aug. 11.

"She got some black type; we were happy about that," Frostad said. "And, that made me think she'd fit in Saturday's race."

The only remaining local stakes option for Speak Wisely within her division will be the $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile race here Sept. 22.

Speak Wisely was the fourth stakes winner of the meeting for Sam-Son and Frostad. They also sent out Ocala Sky, who finished 12th of 14 in the Ontario Colleen. Kabel also rode Windward Islands in the Toronto Cup and guided Strike Softly to back-to-back stakes wins in the May 13 Hendrie and June 2 Nassau before that 4-year-old filly was sidelined with a suspensory problem.

Count to Three moves to Polytrack

Count to Three, who has placed in two stakes from four starts while racing exclusively on turf here this year, is slated to represent Sam-Son and Frostad in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway at seven furlongs on the main track.

Frostad also reports that Catch the Thrill, who was Canada's champion 2-year-old filly in 2006 but has started just twice this season after undergoing knee surgery late last year, is back in training after coming out of the July 28 Wonder Where with a bruised foot.

Lottacosta falters at Presque Isle

Lottacosta, based here with trainer John Ross, was the last horse to finish in the first-ever race at Presque Isle Downs last Saturday.

Sent off at 29-1 in the Inaugural Stakes under Ray Sabourin with Brian Ross the trainer of record, Lottacosta showed early foot but faltered badly. Miss A Bomb held off Tres Dream to win by a nose.

* Jockey Emile Ramsammy will serve a three-day suspension this Wednesday through Friday after losing his appeal of an earlier ruling. The stewards ruled that Ramsammy came out with his mount, La Salle Park, and interfered with horses during the run into the far turn in the ninth race on Aug. 18. La Salle Park finished first but was disqualified and placed sixth.