10/25/2009 11:00PM

Rahy's Attorney ends year with win

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Michael Burns
Bodua (right) holds off odds-on favorite Jenny Be Great on her way to a front-running upset victory in Sunday's Fanfreluche Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Rahy's Attorney has been unable to match his heroics of last season, when he won the Woodbine Mile and was voted Canada's champion turf horse.

But Rahy's Attorney, a homebred Ontario-sired 5-year-old gelding trained by Ian Black, ended his 2009 campaign on a high note and with the promise of more to come next year when he captured last Saturday's $125,400 Bunty Lawless Stakes.

"It was nice to see him back in a position where he could win," said Black, who had watched Rahy's Attorney finish seventh in the Woodbine Mile and sixth in the Sky Classic in his last two starts.

Rahy's Attorney, ridden by Robert Landry for the first time since his seasonal bow in 2008, assumed a stalking position early in the one-mile Bunty Lawless and dueled with Sand Cove in the stretch before drawing off to a three-length victory in the soft going.

"He was a pretty handy winner, I'd say," Black said.

Rahy's Attorney, who has spent previous winters in Ontario, will be heading to Florida this year.

"We'll maybe start him at Gulfstream or at Keeneland on the way back, before we take a run at the Connaught Cup," Black said.

Rahy's Attorney won the Grade 3 Connaught Cup over 1 1/16 miles of turf last year and finished second, beaten a head, in this year's renewal.

Black has 10 stalls at Payson Park, where he will be maintaining a winter base for the first time.

"I have a couple of Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies turning 3 who look like they're okay," Black said. "If they're going to be [Woodbine] Oaks fillies, I'll have to get a start into them down there."

Those fillies are Pinafore Lady, who is a half-sister to Southdale, and Copperelle.

Black had sent Southdale down to Payson Park with trainer Roger Attfield to prepare for the Queen's Plate, but the colt was injured during his second-place finish in the Plate Trial.

"He's just started back training here," Black said.

In the meantime, Black plans to be active over the final six weeks of the Woodbine meeting, including stakes engagements for Glitter Rox and Stormy Lord.

Glitter Rox, a 5-year-old mare, is headed for the $150,000 Ontario Fashion, an open six-furlong race for fillies and mares here Sunday.

"It might be a little short for her," said Black, who sent out Glitter Rox to finish second in the off-the-turf Avowal over seven furlongs last time out.

Stormy Lord, a 2-year-old gelding, is eyeing the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds on Nov. 8.

"I'll have to try him once and see if he'll rate a little better on the Polytrack," Black said.

Stormy Lord is coming off a second-place finish in the Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race in which he led the way to the final furlong but was unable to hold off Hollinger, who is Coronation-bound for trainer Roger Attfield.

Attfield: 11 stakes with 11 horses

With 11 stakes winners at the meeting, Attfield finds himself in a tie atop that category with trainer Malcolm Pierce.

Making Attfield's accomplishment unique is that his stakes wins have come with 11 different horses, Simmard being the latest to join the list with his success in Sunday's $105,950 Chief Bearhart.

Simmard, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old, was making just his 11th career start in the Chief Bearhart, an overnight stakes that was run over 1 1/4 miles of yielding turf.

"He kept falling apart on me physically, and I had to keep stopping on him," Attfield said. "This year, when he came in from Ocala, he was a huge, strong horse. But then he must have got cast in his stall."

Shin problems resulting from that accident postponed Simmard's seasonal bow for three months but when he returned from a 10-month layoff here Sept. 6, the colt cleared his second allowance condition in convincing fashion over one mile of grass.

On Sunday, Simmard followed up by becoming a stakes winner with a one-length winner under Landry in the Chief Bearhart.

With no turf opportunities remaining at the meeting, Attfield will be looking for a race in Florida when Simmard heads south as part of his Payson Park string this fall.

"He's a big, strong, sound horse," Attfield said. "Hopefully, if he stays that way, he could be any kind of horse."

Bodua scores in Fanfreluche

Trainer Mike Doyle sent out his second stakes winner of the meeting when Bodua, owned by Thor Eaton, registered a front-running upset under Eurico Rosa da Silva in Sunday's $150,800 Fanfreluche.

Bodua, purchased at the Keeneland September sale for $35,000, had won her debut at seven furlongs in $50,000 maiden claiming company and was doubling up in the six-furlong Fanfreluche for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

"I liked her a lot," said Doyle, after watching Bodua upset odds-on favorite Jenny Be Great in the Fanfreluche. "I'd wanted to get a race into her before this or for the Princess Elizabeth.

"She'll go long. But this seemed like the right thing to do at the time."

The $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies, will be run Saturday, and Bodua will now await another stakes opportunity.

The remaining stakes for her division here are the $150,000 Glorious Song, an open seven-furlong race on Nov. 15, and the Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario foals on Nov. 29.

Bodua could run in one or both of those races and then will be a member of the Doyle contingent based at Palm Meadows this winter.

"She'll have a little rest," said Doyle. "I'm going to take a few down there and run a couple at Gulfstream."

Sans Sousi tops Wednesday feature

Sans Sousi, who won the seven-furlong Lady Angela for Doyle and Eaton here this spring, looms as the favorite for Wednesday night's second-level allowance-level allowance feature for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

"I think she'll like five furlongs," Doyle said. "She'll make one run, and there's some speed inside her."

Sans Sousi finished second in last year's Fanfreluche, a race that Doyle and Eaton won with Illeria 20 years ago.