06/29/2009 12:00AM

Rahy's Attorney gets revenge


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Rahy's Attorney had failed to fend off a winter-raced Sterwins in the Connaught Cup, losing that 1 1/16-mile turf race by a head when making his seasonal bow here May 24. But the tables were turned here last Saturday in the 1 1/8-mile King Edward Gold Cup, as Rahy's Attorney, under a well-judged ride by regular partner Slade Callaghan, made all the running to score by a length, with Sterwins settling for second .

"When you're running a mile and an eighth, we thought we'd be on the lead," said Ian Black, who trains the 5-year-old gelding Rahy's Attorney. "We couldn't back it up too much and then get outsprinted late. He had to keep up a very honest pace and keep on going."

Rahy's Attorney did get away with a modest quarter of 24.63, but then picked up the pace a bit through the half before blasting around the turn to essentially seal the deal.

"The first quarter killed us," said Malcolm Pierce, who trains the 6-year-old gelding Sterwins. "He ran his guts out. I was very pleased with his effort."

Both the Connaught Cup and the King Edward went in course-record time, and Rahy's Attorney and Sterwins should tee it up once again in the Nijinsky, a 1 1/4-mile turf race here July 26.

Rahy's Attorney has yet to win going farther than 1 1/8 miles, but finished second over 1 1/2 miles of turf in last year's Singspiel and fourth in the Nijinsky before successfully shortening up for the Woodbine Mile.

"He's pretty versatile, and he might be even better than he was last year," said Black, who also sent out Rahy's Attorney to win last year's Connaught Cup en route to being voted the champion turf male in Canada.

Sterwins also has not won going beyond nine furlongs, but finished third in the 2007 Sky Classic over 1 3/8 miles of grass and second in the Queen's Plate a year earlier.

"He'll run on," Pierce said.

Last year's Nijinskly was run five weeks before the Woodbine Mile, but there is an eight-week gap between the two stakes this year. That will leave Black keeping close tabs on his options with Rahy's Attorney, whose primary target is Woodbine Mile.

Pierce, while less committed, also will be keeping an eye on the Woodbine Mile on behalf of Sterwins.

Minshall gets first win of season in Bison City

Dance for Us provided a timely boost to trainer Barbara Minshall's stable here Sunday, giving the barn its first win of the season in the $251,200 Bison City.

"We finally got something good happening," Minshall said after watching Dance for Us score by a head under new rider Chantal Sutherland in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. "This might turn things around a little bit."

Dance for Us, a homebred who races for Shawn Minshall, was making her fourth start of the season in the Bison City.

"I think our filly's special," Barbara Minshall said. "She just needed more time."

In her first two outings of the season, both at 1 1/16 miles, Dance for Us had finished fifth in an entry-level allowance and sixth in the La Lorgnette.

"She was here all winter, and probably in her first race she wasn't tight enough," Minshall said. "The La Lorgnette was a tough spot. She ran well, but she was still tired."

Minshall had been hoping to get Dance for Us to the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, the 1 1/8-mile race that precedes the Bison City as the first leg in the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, but decided to follow a different route.

"She's too nice a filly to go in there just for the sake of being in there," Minshall said. "I just felt we were a race behind."

Dance for Us instead raced on the day prior to the Woodbine Oaks, finishing third while making her turf debut in a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

"She came out of the gate there and sprung her shoe," Minshall said. "The whole race, her shoe was three-quarters off, and that hindered her."

Dance for Us raced with blinkers for the first time in the turf allowance but returned to her shadeless state for the Bison City.

"I thought she'd been getting too far back, but I still didn't like her as much with blinkers on," Minshall said.

The Bison City originally was not in Minshall's plans, and her last race had been designed to put Dance for Us on the path to the Wonder Where, the 1 1/4-mile turf race that concludes the triple tiara series here July 25.

But when one-two Woodbine Oaks finishers Milwaukee Appeal and Tasty Temptation swung back in the Queen's Plate instead of running in the Bison City, Minshall re-examined her options.

"I saw how this race was coming up and said 'Let's take a go at it,' " said Minshall.

Midst leaves Casse barn a stakes winner

Trainer Mark Casse had been somewhat dismayed to watch Retraceable finish sixth as the 3-5 favorite in the field of eight for the Bison City. He was in the stakes winner's circle just over an hour later after sending out Midst to capture the $157,900 My Dear.

Midst, a Florida-bred, had finished second to subsequent stakes winner Aegean in her debut at Keeneland and then won her maiden there before heading north to Casse's division at Woodbine.

The My Dear, a five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, was in fact Midst's last start for Casse, as she had been sold to Let's Go Stable earlier this month and will be joining her new trainer, Todd Pletcher, at Saratoga this week.

"That's one of the reasons we scratched her from the Victoria," said Casse, who had been looking to run Midst against males in that five-furlong race here June 14. "She'll leave on a winning note."

Midst was a one-length winner of the My Dear under Patrick Husbands, leaving 10 rivals in her wake while finishing in a sharp 56.73 seconds.

"I usually don't get too excited, but I'd told my wife, Tina, that I think this filly could be the next Chilukki," Casse said.

Chilukki, purchased as a yearling for $100,000 and then resold by Casse for $875,000 as a 2-year-old, went on to become the champion juvenile filly in the United States and earned more than $1.2 million.