10/21/2009 11:00PM

Class aplenty in Bunty Lawless


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The drop from a Grade 1 race to an Ontario-sired stakes is obviously huge. It doesn't happen very often, but both Rahy's Attorney and Sand Cove are doing that Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Bunty Lawless, a one-mile turf event for 3-year-olds and up.

Rahy's Attorney won last year's Woodbine Mile and is coming off a seventh-place finish in this year's renewal of the Grade 1 race, which was his second subpar performance in a row. Trainer Ian Black believes that Rahy's Attorney's pace-pressing trip in the Woodbine Mile may have led to his downfall.

"It looked like the pace was pretty strong," Black said. "The top two came from the back, and [third-place finisher] Sterwins came from a long way back, too."

Black has opted to change riders on Saturday, going from Slade Callaghan to Robert Landry, who was aboard when Rahy's Attorney captured the 2007 Bunty Lawless.

"He's been training well," said Black. "He seems happy. The easier company will help. I think he can sit a little more off the pace than he has been, although I wouldn't want to see them going [slow] up front with him not close to it."

Sand Cove is one of two entrants trained by Roger Attfield, along with Society's Chairman.

Sand Cove led throughout last year's Bunty Lawless after taking the Ontario Derby and Vice Regent Stakes. He got a late start to his current campaign, and was a close third in his season opener in the July 18 Ontario Jockey Club Stakes.

Sand Cove never challenged in his next outing, which came in the Shepperton Stakes. The six-furlong distance of that Polytrack race seemed too short for him. He proved an easy winner of the Elgin Stakes going long on the Poly in his penultimate start, and then finished six lengths back in eighth in the Woodbine Mile.

Society's Chairman toyed with his opposition last time out while traveling a mile on turf in the Halton Stakes, winning under wraps. He also won the 2008 Halton, which is limited to graduates of local yearling sales.

Cobotown Ron is shortening up off a seventh-place finish in the 1 1/2-mile Northern Dancer Stakes. He was fifth in last year's Bunty Lawless, and a mile is shorter than his preferred distance.

Completing the field are outsiders My Imperial Dancer, Absolution and Thirdkin.