06/26/2009 11:00PM

Rahy's Attorney sets mark in King Edward

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Michael Burns
Rahy's Attorney turns back Sterwins to win the Grade 2 King Edward at Woodbine in 1:44.73 for 1 1/8 miles.

Rahy's Attorney ($6.80) shattered the nine-furlong course record after leading virtually all the way in the at Woodbine.

Rahy's Attorney registered a slow opening quarter of 24.63, and then picked up the pace, setting middle fractions of 47.83 and 1:10.35.

Sterwins, who barely beat Rahy's Attorney May 24 in the Grade 3 Connaught Cup Stakes, began to close in on his arch-rival in the stretch, but Rahy's Attorney held his ground and prevailed by a length. Baletti the 9-5 favorite from New York, rallied belatedly for third in the six-horse field. Marlang was scratched.

The final time of 1:44.73 was .47 faster than the previous record, set by Bold Ruritana in 1995.

Rahy's Attorney, last year's champion male turf runner in Canada, earned $172,500 for a partnership headed by Ellie Boje Farm. Slade Callaghan rode him for trainer Ian Black.

"My horse was so relaxed," said Callaghan. "The track was hard and really quick, and although we were going fast, the horses were going over it comfortably. He dug in at the top of the lane, and gave me everything he had. He's just a fantastic horse."