10/25/2010 1:00PM

Rahy's Attorney has Florida in his future


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Rahy’s Attorney ended his local campaign on a high note here last Saturday by winning the $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes, and he will soon head to Florida to gear up for his 7-year-old campaign.

Trainer Ian Black said he isn’t sure if or where Rahy’s Attorney will run before he heads south for the winter.

“It’s tough to find another race for him,” said Black. “Last year he went from here to the River City at Churchill Downs, but that race has been moved up on the schedule so that’s out.”

Rahy’s Attorney turned back a challenge from Sand Cove and drew off to a 3 1/4-length score in the Bunty Lawless. Reunited with Slade Callaghan, who was his partner through the meat of the horse’s Sovereign Award-winning 2008 campaign, Rahy’s Attorney recorded his third win in as many cracks at the Bunty Lawless, which is a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

“I was very happy, and proud of him,” said Black, who conditions Rahy’s Attorney, a homebred 6-year-old gelding for Joe and Ellen MacLellan and partners. “He really ran the last part. He just outfinished that other horse.”

This year, Rahy’s Attorney also won the With Approval for Ontario foals, and finished second in stakes here, in Philadelphia, and at Gulfstream Park. His seasonal bankroll stands at $276,200 from eight starts and his career total at $1,921,392.

Fifty Proof heading to Japan

Black sent Rahy’s Attorney to Japan’s Kyoto Racecourse in 2008 for the Group 1 Mile Championship. He plans to send Fifty Proof to Japan this year.

Coming off a close fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Canadian International, Fifty Proof has been invited to run in the Grade 1 Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 28.

“All things being well, we’ll be there,” he said.

The Japan Cup, a 1 1/2-mile turf race over a left-handed course, offers a total purse of $5.87 million with almost $2.8 million earmarked for the winner.

Hotep guns it, and is rewarded

A strategic approach taken by Hotep’s connections could have been the deciding factor in his 3 3/4-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Mobil, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds that was moved from turf to the main track.

Hotep, breaking from post 2 with regular rider Patrick Husbands in the irons, took the early lead over the expected front-runner Stormy Lord while well out in the track.

“We didn’t want to get locked down inside,” said Mark Frostad, who trains Hotep for Sam-Son Farm. “We wanted to push the pace a little bit. If somebody had really gone out there, we would have let him go.”

Stormy Lord, trained by Black, eventually challenged Hotep and looked like a winner after making the lead leaving the turn, but Hotep had plenty in reserve and pulled away through the final furlong.

Said Black: “I thought we’d be on the lead. I was surprised they sent him. It worked out for them, though.”

Hotep also benefited when the race was moved to the main track. He has been a solid main-track performer here this year, with a win in the Wando Stakes, second-place finishes in both the Marine and the Queen’s Plate, and a third in the recent Ontario Derby.

The Mobil was the last straight 3-year-old stakes scheduled for the Woodbine meeting and Frostad is uncertain as to whether Hotep will see action again this season.

“We’ll see how he comes out of this race,” said Frostad. “We might give him a break now; there’s not a lot for him.”

Stormy Lord, however, could resurface in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 13. Black believes Stormy Lord is a far better horse on turf despite his second-place finish in the Mobil.

“I still think he levels out and finishes better on the turf,” said Black. “There are lots of turf opportunities for him. I wouldn’t be looking to run him on Polytrack.”

First-time starter wins stakes

The first-time starter Inglorious defeated four winning rivals here in Sunday’s $150,000 Fanfreluche, a six-furlong stakes for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies. Inglorious broke slowly and rallied from last place to score by a going-away 1 3/4 lengths under Chantal Sutherland.

“She was ready, and the spot was there,” said Josie Carroll, who conditions Inglorious for the Donver Stable of Donna and Vern Dubinsky. “She’s been a bit slow leaving the gate; that was our only concern. She popped out of there really well two days ago, but obviously she forgot that.”

Looking back on the way the Fanfreluche unfolded, Carroll believed that Inglorious may have benefited from her inauspicious beginning.

“She had the 1-hole, and Chantal was able to get her to relax and get her to the outside,” said Carroll.

Inglorious, a $90,000 purchase at the local select yearling sale, was the second stakes winner of the meeting for Carroll.

Sutherland was recording her 14th stakes winner of the meeting, leaving her in a dead heat with Husbands atop that category heading into the final six weeks.

◗ Invitation Only, a 2-year-old gelding, missed last weekend’s Cup and Saucer Stakes after coming down with a virus, but was back on the work tab on Sunday morning with a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.

“He didn’t miss a whole lot of time but he had a virus, and we have to be careful,” said Mark Frostad, who took over as Invitation Only’s trainer after the colt was purchased privately by owner Earle Mack following his win in the seven-furlong Simcoe on Sept. 6.