08/12/2010 2:58PM

Rahy's Attorney gets blinkers for With Approval

Michael Burns
Rahy’s Attorney, winning the Bunty Lawless, tries to snap a six-race losing streak in the With Approval.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario − Rahy's Attorney, coming off a lackluster effort in the Grade 2 Nijinsky here July 24, will be looking to get his campaign back on the right track when he puts the blinkers back on for Saturday's $100,000 With Approval.

A 1 1/8-mile turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds and up, the With Approval attracted a field of eight.

Rahy's Attorney, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Ian Black, was Canada's champion turf male after capturing the Woodbine Mile in 2008. He won three turf stakes here last year, when he was the runner-up in the Sovereign Award voting for the division.

Despite finishing second in two graded turf stakes this year, Rahy's Attorney showed little over "yielding" going, which should have been to his advantage in the 1 1/8-mile Nijinsky.

"He ran so uncharacteristically," Black said. "We drew blood and went over him thoroughly to see if he was 100 percent."

Rahy's Attorney passed his physical, and Black turned to the matter of his equipment. Black had taken the blinkers off Rahy's Attorney three starts ago, after Rahy's Attorney lost by a head in the Grade 3 Appleton at Gulfstream.

"He ran okay in his first couple of starts without them, but when I worked him the other day I put the blinkers on," he said.

Going in company with exercise rider Tyler Gaskin in the irons, Rahy's Attorney breezed five furlongs in 58.40.

"I worked him behind a couple of other horses," Black said. "He went by them and galloped out strongly down the backstretch."

Rahy's Attorney gets in with 119 pounds for the With Approval and will have regular rider Robert Landry aboard.

Ice Bear, a homebred 6-year-old gelding trained by Mac Benson, will be making his third consecutive appearance in the With Approval after being beaten a neck as the runner-up last year and scoring by a nose in 2008. Both of those runnings were taken off the turf.

Ice Bear also comes into the With Approval off a disappointing effort − he finished fifth as the favorite in the Ontario Jockey Club over seven furlongs on turf here July 11.

In his previous start, Ice Bear was third, two lengths behind runner-up Rahy's Attorney, in the Grade 2 King Edward over one mile on the turf course.

Ice Bear has three wins on the grass and has made two of his four starts this year on the turf. Last year, however, only one of his seven starts came on grass.

"I actually think he likes turf better, but the turf division here last year seemed tougher than the Polytrack division," Benson said.

Ice Bear also carries 119 pounds and will have a new rider in Luis Contreras.

Genius Kinshasa, who captured the restricted Sir Barton over 1 1/16 miles on the main track here last fall, and Royal Challenger, who won the 2006 Breeders' but was claimed for $20,000 from his last start, are the other stakes winners in the With Approval lineup.

Thirteen entered in Breeders'

The field for Sunday's renewal of the $500,000 Breeders' suddenly increased Thursday, when a total of 13 horses were entered.

Unexpected additions to the field included the maidens Alphabet Kid, Miami Deco, and Vicar Street, all of whom were supplemented at a cost of $12,500.

Among the legitimate contenders is Dynamic Royal, a homebred who races for Ivan Dalos and is trained by Josie Carroll.

Dynamic Royal began his career with two encouraging turf starts at Gulfstream this year and graduated in his local debut in a mile-and-70-yard maiden race, which was taken off the turf.

In his last start, which came in the open one-mile Charlie Barley for 3-year-olds on grass, Dynamic Royal raced evenly and finished fourth, beaten four lengths by American-bred winner So Elite.

"I think his last race was very good, and one would hope he'll run all day," Carroll said.

Carroll also noted that Dynamic Royal's broodmare sire, Dynaformer, should be a positive influence at the Breeders' distance.

Also back for the Breeders' are Stormy Lord, who won the Toronto Cup in his last start and finished second by two lengths in the Charlie Barley; and Born to Act, who was third in the Toronto Cup and fifth in the Charlie Barley.

The Breeders' is a 1 1/2-mile turf race that is the final leg of the Canadian triple crown,

Miss Taggart ready for Debutante

Carroll also will field a solid candidate for Saturday's $150,000 Ontario Debutante in Miss Taggart.

"I thought very highly of her from the beginning," said Carroll, who purchased Miss Taggart for $47,000 at the Ocala 2-year-olds in training sale this April.

The Debutante is an open 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies that lured six entrants.

Bred in Florida, Miss Taggart was a well-beaten second to Roxy Gap in her debut at five furlongs. Roxy Gap went on to win the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well two weeks later.

"I thought her first race was very good," Carroll said. "She got a little tired."

Miss Taggart returned three weeks after that July 3 dash and was a solid one-length winner under returning rider David Clark in a six-furlong maiden race.

Huarte back after suspension is cut

Trainer Frank Huarte is back in business after the Ontario Racing Commission reduced his original 12-month suspension to four months following an appeal hearing Aug. 5.

The original stewards ruling had suspended Huarte through next April 8 as a result of a positive test for codeine and morphine, but he has been eligible to return as of Aug. 8 with the next eight months being stayed.

A fine of $5,000 for the infraction was reduced to $2,500.

Huarte, who also is the owner, breeder, and blacksmith for his family stable, has no prior positives.

ORC counsel Angela Holland and Sue Leslie, acting as Huarte's agent in her position as president of the local Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, had made a joint submission to the appeal panel agreeing to the reduced penalty.