08/16/2011 11:56AM

Woodbine: Rahy's Attorney retired with injury

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Barbara D. Livingston
Rahy’s Attorney (right) was injured during his second-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Rahy’s Attorney, a very game second in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga, was injured during the running and has been retired.

Under regular rider Emma-Jayne Wlson, Rahy’s Attorney led through every step of the 1 1/2-mile turf race before being overtaken by Winchester in the final yards.

Wilson pulled up Rahy’s Attorney on the backstretch, and the horse was vanned off.

“Emma thought something was not right,” said Ian Black, who has trained the 7-year-old gelding throughout his career. “But he cooled out okay.”

Rahy’s Attorney was back in his stall at Woodbine on Sunday and seemed to be none the worse for his experience.

The next morning, however, a problem was discovered.

“When we got him out Monday morning, he had a little filling in his left pastern,” Black said. “We decided to ultrasound it and found a lesion on his superficial digital tendon.

“If it was somebody a little younger, you could probably give him six months off and bring him back.

“But he’s done so much for everybody involved. It was hard enough to see him vanned off in one piece. You’d hate to see something really serious happen.”

Rahy’s Atttorney was bred by the husband and wife team of Joe and Ellen MacClellan at their Elle-Boje Farm in Spencerville, Ontario, about 50 miles south of Ottawa.

Joe’s mother, Jean MacLellan; brother, Jim MacLellan; and friends Mitch Peters and Jim Reid joined them in the ownership of Rahy’s Attorney.

Rahy’s Attorney began his career in anonymity here in the fall of 2006, finishing third for $32,000 in his second career start.

But the Ontario-sired Rahy’s Attorney showed dramatic improvement the following season when winning five races, including the restricted Vice Regent and Bunty Lawless, both over one mile of turf.

The year 2008 will be remembered as Rahy’s Attorney’s finest as he won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and the Grade 3 Connaught Cup and wound up his campaign with a ninth-place finish, beaten just 3 3/4 lengths, in the Grade 1 Mile Championship at Japan’s Kyoto Racecourse. He was Canada’s champion turf male that season and runner-up in the Horse of the Year balloting.

Rahy’s Attorney went on to win the Grade 2 King Edward, the Grade 2 Nijinsky, and the Bunty Lawless here in 2009 and finished second in the Sovereign Award balloting for his division.

Last year, Rahy’s Attorney added more laurels, with wins here in the restricted With Approval and Bunty Lawless and second-places finishes in Gulfsteam’s Grade 3 Appleton, the King Edward, the PTHA Presidents Cup in Philadelphia, and the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap at Calder. Again, he was the runner-up in the Sovereign Award turf male vote.

There was still more in store, however, as Rahy’s Attorney found a new niche as a long-distance runner this season and won the Grade 3 Pan American over 1 1/2 miles at Gulfstream and the 1 3/8-mile prep for the Singspiel here at Woodbine before almost pulling off another Grade 1 win in the Sword Dancer.

“For now, he’ll stay here until I see that he’s okay,” Black said. “Then he’ll go to Kinghaven and eventually to the MacLellans’s farm.”

Rahy’s Attorney will go home with an overall record of 14 wins, 10 seconds, and 4 thirds from 41 starts for earnings of more than $2.2 million.

“He’ll get another life, either as a pony or a riding horse,” Black said.

Fifty Proof set for Sky Classic

The Black stable plans to see stakes action here this weekend with Fifty Proof slated for Sunday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Sky Classic over 1 1/4 miles of turf.

Other locals expected for the Sky Classic include Windward Islands, Hailstone, and Musketier; the respective first-, third-, and fifth-place finishers in the Nijinsky over 1 1/4 miles of turf here last time out; Kara’s Orientation, coming off a sharp win here in a first-level allowance race at 1 1/8 miles of turf; and Laureate Conductor, who was claimed for $62,500 here June 12 and finished eighth when debuting for his new interests in the Grade 3 Dominion Day over 1 1/4 miles of Polytrack here July 1.

Trainer Christophe Clement has expressed an interest in returning to Woodbine with Grassy, who finished second behind Musketier in the Grade 3 Singspiel here June 26 and was scratched from the Sword Dancer.

Smart Bid, who is based at Fair Hill in Maryland with Graham Motion, also is a possibility.

Inglorious heads to Spa for Alabama

Inglorious, winner of the La Lorgnette, Woodbine Oaks, and the Queen’s Plate in her three starts at the Woodbine meeting, shipped out for Saratoga on Tuesday morning for her engagement in Saturday’s Grade 1 Alabama.

Owned by the Donver Stable of Donna and Verne Dubinsky and trained by Josie Carroll, Inglorious will have her regular rider, Luis Contreras, in the irons, for the 1 1/4-mile Alabama. The Dubinskys and Carroll won the 2009 Alabama with Careless Jewel, who was ridden by Robert Landry.

Handicapping Challenge scheduled

Woodbine’s annual Thoroughbred Handicapping Challenge will be held on the weekend of Aug. 27-28 in the trackside tent.

Advance registration will be available daily, through Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the second-floor Player Services desk here at Woodbine and through Sue Clark at (416) 675-3993, ext. 2513, or at sck@woodbineentertainment.com until 4 p.m. Aug. 26.

Entries also will be taken at the contest venue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27.

Contestants must ante up $330, comprised of a $250 entry fee plus an $80 bankroll to cover 10 $2 win-place bets on each day of the contest, including three mandatory races. Woodbine, Saratoga, and Monmouth will be the contest tracks, with Fort Erie added Sunday. Entries are limited to two per person.

All entry fees will be returned as prize money, and the top three finishers, provided that they are current members of the National Handicapping Tour, will qualify for berths in next year’s $2 million Daily Racing Form / National Thoroughbred Racing Association Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.