04/09/2009 11:00PM

Three on different schedules


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Fatal Bullet, Rahy's Attorney, and Ginger Brew had something in common last year as the finalists for Canada's Horse of the Year award.

But the three find now themselves in different situations, as Fatal Bullet is swimming in Ocala, Fla., Ginger Brew is in training at Palm Meadows in Florida, and Rahy's Attorney is gearing up here at Woodbine.

Fatal Bullet took home Sovereign Awards as Horse of the Year and champion sprinter after winning stakes at Woodbine, Presque Isle Downs, and Turfway and finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

Following the Breeders' Cup, Fatal Bullet shipped to Kentucky, but then returned to Santa Anita for what was to be a shot at the Grade 1 Malibu on Dec. 26.

"It looked like he jarred his knee" on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita, said Reade Baker, who trains Fatal Bullet for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion.

"I could have gone on with him, but it looked like he was going to miss the Malibu. So, he flew from California to West Palm Beach and vanned up to Ocala.

"We wanted to give him some extra time, because I don't want to race him all year. I just want to race him three or four starts, before the Breeders' Cup."

Fatal Bullet is scheduled to be back at Woodbine on approximately April 20 and will be aimed for the $150,000 Bold Venture, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward here July 19.

The Bold Venture, in which he defeated older rivals here last July, was Fatal Bullet's first stakes win.

Rahy's Attorney seeks Connaught Cup repeat

Rahy's Attorney, runner-up in the Horse of the Year balloting and the champion older turf male after winning the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, concluded his season with a trip to Japan.

Competing at Kyoto in the Group 1 Mile Championship, Rahy's Attorney finished ninth in the field of 18, beaten 3 3/4 lengths.

Rahy's Attorney, who also won the Grade 3 Connaught Cup over 1 1/16 miles on turf, wintered with his trainer, Ian Black, at Kinghaven Farm where he started back in mid-January before returning to the racetrack on Feb. 20.

"He's really good. I'm really happy with him," said Black, who has sent out Rahy's Attorney to breeze four times, with the latest a five-furlong move in 1:02.60 here last Saturday.

"He's a happy horse."

Rahy's Attorney, owned by Joe and Ellen MacLellan and partners, began his 2008 campaign with a seventh-place finish in a seven-furlong allowance race on the main track, which served as his Connaught Cup prep.

This year, Black is looking at a 1 1/16-mile classified allowance race on May 1 for Rahy's Attorney's stepping-stone to the May 24 Connaught Cup.

Ginger Brew on run of tough luck

Ginger Brew, Canada's champion 3-year-old filly on the strength of her win in the Woodbine Oaks and second-place finish in the Queen's Plate, has raced three times this year and recorded a pair of third-place finishes.

"Her form hasn't been too bad," said Brian Lynch, who trains Ginger Brew for Stronach Stable and has been based at Palm Meadows over the winter. "She just hasn't had the best of racing luck."

Making her seasonal bow in the Marshua's River over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream on Jan. 11, Ginger Brew was beaten 1 1/2 lengths as the third-place finisher.

In her next appearance, which came in the Grade 3 Endeavour over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 14, Ginger Brew was beaten a length while fifth in the field of 12.

Most recently, on March 29 in the Grade 2 Rampart over 1 1/8 miles on a good Gulfstream main track, Ginger Brew ran third while 8 1/2 lengths behind the up-and-coming winner One Caroline.

"She might have needed her first race down here," said Lynch. "And, when we took her over to Tampa, she got just about the worst trip you could possibly get. She got shuffled back, she got boxed in.

"The other day, she just ran into a very good filly," Lynch said, adding that jockey Javier Castellano "might have taken off a little too early. If he had of waited, I think we might have been second."

Ginger Brew will be returning to Woodbine the week after next and her first stakes target here is the $100,000 Hill 'n' Dale, a 1 1/16-mile main-track race that will be run on June 20.

"I'll have to try and find something between now and then," said Lynch.

Judiths Wild Rush back with Baker

Baker is renewing acquaintances with Judiths Wild Rush, with whom he won back-to-back Sovereign Awards as Canada's champion sprinter in 2005 and 2006.

Judiths Wild Rush, a Kentucky-bred 8-year-old horse owned by Harvey Tenenbaum, most recently was with trainer Julian Canet in New York, where he finished a distant last of seven in the 1 1/8 Stymie Handicap last time out.

"I've been trying to buy the horse for quite a while, and [Tenenbaum] wouldn't sell him to me, but he said he wanted to send him back to me," said Baker.

"He must truly be the iron horse. He's been going steady for five and a half years, and he's as sound now as he was when he left me."

Judiths Wild Rush has started 59 times and recorded 12 wins, 12 seconds, and 15 thirds, earning $1,397,910.

Cerin a quick winner

It didn't take long for trainer Vladimir Cerin to find the winner's circle here as Essence of Charm ($5.60), his second-ever starter at Woodbine, captured Friday's second race as the favorite.

Cerin, who is based in Southern California but also has 16 stalls here, also sent out My Natalie to finish sixth in the afternoon's opener and Recoil to run third in the third race as his final starter of the day.

Assistant trainer Hector Zazuata will oversee the Woodbine operation for Cerin, who expects to visit at least a couple of times a month.

* Glitter Rox, who won the Belle Geste over seven furlongs on turf for trainer Ian Black, has had an pre-season setback.

"She'd just started training at Kinghaven, and she popped a splint," said Black. "I'll give her six to eight weeks."