05/25/2008 11:00PM

Rahy's Attorney opens new door


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Rahy's Attorney had a productive campaign here last year, winning five races and $307,365 while competing almost exclusively in Ontario-sired company.

But Ian Black, who trains Rahy's Attorney for a group headed by breeders Ellie and Joe MacLellan, realized the going would be tougher for the 4-year-old gelding this season.

"He's been best on turf and if you looked at the stakes schedule the Bunty Lawless was the first Ontario-sired turf stakes for him at a mile or better, and it's not until October," Black said.

"I thought we'd try the better horses on turf now, and see if we'd fit. If not, he still had a couple of conditions, or we would try to race him in Ontario-sired stakes on Polytrack."

Rahy's Attorney made the point moot, running against open company on Sunday in the Grade 3, $166,050 Connaught Cup, and winning the 1 1/16-mile turf race under new rider Slade Callaghan.

The Connaught Cup was only the second start of the season for Rahy's Attorney, but Black was not concerned about his fitness.

"The way he worked the other day with Slade, and the way he kept galloping out and then wouldn't have blown out a candle afterward, I wasn't worried," Black said.

The next logical target for Rahy's Attorney is the Grade 2, $300,000 King Edward, a 1 1/8-mile turf race at Woodbine on June 28.

Black's barn heating up

Rahy's Attorney was Black's fifth winner here this spring, and three of the others - Glitter Rox, Wollemi Pine, and Knightly Attire - also were making their second starts of the meeting. Prophetically won for Black in her third outing.

"It's not only fitness," said Black, who kept his horses at nearby Kinghaven Farm this winter. "Early in the year, being up here, sometimes you're running the wrong distance or on the wrong surface. It's still moving them forward."

Anne's Purse to Woodbine Oaks?

Anne's Purse has come a long way in a short time, winning her maiden in her debut at six furlongs here April 30, then doubling up in Saturday's seven-furlong Lady Angela for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Now the big question for owner Jim De Angelis and trainer Earl Barnett is whether Anne's Purse can swing back in two weeks and compete in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks over 1o1/8 miles.

"I don't think she would have any problem with two turns, the way she trains," said Barnett. "She's galloped a mile and a half, and then breezed.

"But we'll take a few days to check on her and put her back in training before we talk about it."

Barnett was encouraged by the way Anne's Purse responded in the Lady Angela when passed by Authenicat on the inside on the backstretch.

"Nobody went with her early, but Eurico said if somebody wanted to go by her she was fine with that," said Barnett.

"He just sat there - he wanted her to see the other horse, and see what was behind him. Coming to the quarter pole, he knuckled down on her a bit, and she took off again."

Nicki Knew also considered for Oaks

Nicki Knew, second in her fourth career start in the Lady Angela, also is under consideration for the Oaks.

"She ran a little spotty," said Kevin Attard, who trains Nicki Knew for Knob Hill Stable. "She seemed to back out of it at the three-eighths pole. Then, down the lane, she straightened out and made another bid.

"She's going to be a two-turn horse. Whether we make the Oaks or head in that direction, we'll decide over the next few days."

Authenicat hurt by respiratory congestion

Authenicat, the odds-on favorite in the Lady Angela, faltered after her quick move on the backstretch and finished sixth.

"She came back to the barn absolutely loaded with mucus," said Josie Carroll, who trains Authenicat for Vinery Stable and Fog City Stable.

"She was awfully quiet in the paddock. She's usually pretty lively. But she'd been training well into the race. She had given us no indication not to run her."

Authenicat was making just her second start of 2008 in the Lady Angela after running second in the six-furlong Star Shoot here April 13.

"We'll have to regroup now, and decide about the Oaks," said Carroll. "It depends how quickly she clears up, and whether she got enough out of this race."

Oaks favorite Ginger Brew breezes

Ginger Brew, who will be favored in the Woodbine Oaks following a productive winter in Florida, breezed four furlongs in 48.60 seconds Saturday morning.

"It was just a routine half," said Brian Lynch, who trains Ginger Brew for Stronach Stable.

Ginger Brew won the Calder Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile turf race on April 26, then spent a couple of weeks training on the farm at nearby Adena Springs North before checking in at Woodbine.

Lynch has a second Woodbine Oaks candidate in Money By Honey, who also ran well in Florida and returned with a workmanlike win in a first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles at Woodbine on May 19.

Money By Honey was the first of four consecutive winners at Woodbine for Team Stronach and Lynch.

Barreling Home won a first-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles for them, and Salvadoria scored first crack out in a "B" maiden special at six furlongs last Saturday. Fortune Rose, a 4-year-old, won her first career start here Sunday in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race.

Halden gets first win as trainer

Trainer Rachel Halden, who went out on her own this spring after spending the past 10 years as an assistant to Roger Attfield, recorded her first career winner - Gee Pari, who won a $50,000 claiming race on Saturday.

Gee Pari, a 4-year-old filly owned by Halden in partnership with Bill Werner and previously was trained by Attfield, was making her season debut.

Prior to the start of the race, Gee Pari head-butted her scheduled rider, Chantal Sutherland,

Sutherland wound up going to the hospital and receiving three stitches over her left eye. She took off her mounts on Sunday.

Emergency replacement Slade Callaghan rode Gee Pari to victory, and a $35.50 payoff.

Cool Gator works for Plate Trail

Cool Gator had his final prep for Sunday's 1o1/8-mile Plate Trial here Monday, breezing five furlongs in 1:03.80.

"It was exactly what we were looking for, and he came out of it perfect," said Danny Vella, who trains Cool Gator for owner/breeder Garland Williamson. "We're ready."