12/05/2008 12:00AM

Rahy's Attorney, Fatal Bullet top Sovereign shortlist


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Rahy's Attorney, winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, and Fatal Bullet, runner-up in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint, top the list of Sovereign Award finalists announced Friday by the Jockey Club of Canada.

Voters participating in an online poll were asked to name their top three choices in each of 15 categories, with points awarded on a 4-2-1 basis.

To qualify for consideration, 2-year-olds must have made at least two starts in Canada this season by the Nov. 23 cutoff date, and older horses must have made three starts.

A total of 71 voters were eligible to participate, and 62 responded.

The winners, along with the Horse of the Year and the three finalists in that category, will be announced at next Friday's Sovereign Awards ceremony at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel.

Rahy's Attorney, owned by Joe and Ellen MacLellan and partners and trained by Ian Black, is nominated in the turf male category.

Joining Rahy's Attorney on that list are Seaside Retreat, winner of Woodbine's Grade 2 Nijinsky and third in the Grade 1 Canadian International, and Marlang, who captured Woodbine's Breeders' Stakes and Saratoga's Grade 3 Saranac.

Fatal Bullet, a stakes winner at Woodbine, Turfway Park, and Presque Isle Downs for Danny Dion's Bear Stable and trainer Reade Baker, is the leading candidate in the sprinter category.

Rahy's Attorney and Fatal Bullet are looming as probable Horse of the Year finalists, with the third slot likely to go to either Not Bourbon or Ginger Brew.

Not Bourbon, winner of the Queen's Plate and three other stakes for owner Charles Fipke and trainer Roger Attfield, heads the finalists in the 3-year-old male division. Fatal Bullet and Marlang also appear in that category.

Ginger Brew, winner of the Calder Oaks and Woodbine Oaks for Stronach Stable and trainer Brian Lynch, tops the 3-year-old filly list.

Sugar Bay, who closed out her campaign with four straight stakes wins at Woodbine for Augustin Stable and trainer Mac Benson, is the other leading candidate and also is on the turf female shortlist.

Sealy Hill, last year's Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old filly, and champion turf female, is up for a repeat in the turf female category.

Owned by Eugene Melnyk and trained by Mark Casse, Sealy Hill did not win a stakes race this season but finished second in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Callwood Dancer, who outfinished Sealy Hill when second in Woodbine's Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, is the other finalist.

Bear Now, a stakes winner at Turfway and Woodbine, looms a solid favorite in the older female division for Bear Stable and Baker.

The older male category lacked a standout and produced finalists Ice Bear, who defeated Marchfield in Woodbine's With Approval; Marchfield, who turned the tables in the Grade 2 Autumn; and Spaghetti Mouse, who had a solid campaign at Vancouver's Hastings.

Mine That Bird, who won three consecutive stakes at Woodbine for trainer Dave Cotey and partners but was last of 12 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile after being sold to American interests, heads the 2-year-old male division.

Among his opponents is Southern Exchange, who scored in two Woodbine stakes for trainer Greg DeGannes.

Van Lear Rose, who captured the Grade 3 Mazarine at Woodbine; Cawaja Beach, a triple stakes winner in restricted stakes company at Woodbine; and turf specialist Laragh are the finalists in the 2-year-old filly category.

Casse, Attfield, and Terry Jordan, who campaigned both at Woodbine and Hastings, are the trainer finalists.

Jockeys Jim McAleney and Patrick Husbands, currently embroiled in a battle for the top spot at Woodbine, top an all-Ontario list completed by Eurico Rosa Da Silva.

Manitoba's Janine Stianson and Ontario's Catherine O'Brien and Melanie Pinto are up for the apprentice jockey award.