08/09/2011 12:58PM

Woodbine: Rahy's Attorney bound for Sword Dancer at Saratoga

Bob Coglianese
Rahy's Attorney will try to add the Sword Dancer at Saratoga to his victory earlier this year in the Pan American at Gulfsream.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Rahy’s Attorney, based here with trainer Ian Black, is scheduled to leave for Saratoga on Thursday afternoon for Saturday’s Sword Dancer Invitational. The Sword Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $500,000.

“The owners like having the chance to run him there,” said Black, who conditions the 7-year-old Rahy’s Attorney for his breeders, Joe and Ellen MacLellan, and partners.

Rahy’s Attorney won over 1 1/2 miles of turf in the Grade 3 Pan American at Gulfstream this spring but weakened slightly to finish fifth over the same distance in the Grade 3 Singspiel in his last appearance here June 26.

His regular partner, Emma-Jayne Wilson, will be competing at Saratoga for the second time after finishing second aboard longshot Moonshine Mullin for trainer Reade Baker in the Grade 2, $500,000 Jim Dandy on July 30.

Don Cavallo also had been under consideration for the Sword Dancer but now is scheduled to make his next start in Del Mar’s Aug. 28 Pacific Classic. The Pacific Classic, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward on Del Mar’s Polytrack surface, offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $1 million.

Don Cavallo, a Kentucky-homebred who races for Stronach Stable, became a stakes winner here last time out in the Grade 3 Dominion Day at 1 1/4 miles, earning a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 98.

“Some people think he’s better on Polytrack, which may be true,” said Attfield.

Line Change shipping out to Northlands

Line Change, a recent private purchase by Bob Cheema who is trained here by Terry Jordan, is slated to make his next appearance in Northlands Park’s Canadian Derby, a 1 3/8-mile race for 3-year-olds on Aug. 20.

Line Change won a minor 1 1/16-mile stakes at Delaware Park in his last appearance for his former connections. But Line Change disappointed in his local bow, finishing sixth of seven when favored at 6-5 and facing older rivals in a 1 1/16-mile starter allowance.

“He just won’t run on this track,” said Jordan, who plans to ship out Line Change for Edmonton next Tuesday and has engaged Vancouver-based Pedro Alvarado for the mount.

◗ Woodbine television host Renee Kierans will be conducting Woodbine’s annual backstretch tour on Saturday, Aug. 20. Pre-registration is available at WoodbineEntertainment.com/seminars or at (416) 675-7233. Space permitting, on-site registration will be open until 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 20 at the Trackside Tent, where the tour originates.