06/01/2011 1:22PM

Woodbine: Rahy's Attorney tunes up for Singspiel

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Michael Burns
Rahy's Attorney, shown winning the King Edward at Woodbine, is being pointed to the 1 1/2-mile Singspiel on June 26.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Rahy’s Attorney is not only still going strong at age 7 but appears to have reinvented himself as a long-distance turf runner this season.

On Friday, Rahy’s Attorney will be looking to strut his stuff over Woodbine’s turf course for the first time in 2011 as the probable favorite in a field of eight plus one also-eligible for the allowance prep for the Singspiel Stakes.

Rahy’s Attorney started twice this year in turf stakes at Gulfstream Park, finishing a close second in the Grade 2 MacDiarmida over 1 3/8 miles and then capturing the Grade 3 Pan American over 1 1/2 miles with Emma-Jayne Wilson in the irons for the first time.

Stopping over at Keeneland on his journey north, Rahy’s Attorney led until the closing stages of the 1 1/2-mile Elkhorn only to come up just short and be beaten 2 1/2 lengths as the fifth-place finisher over yielding going.

“He’s trained well since coming home,” said Ian Black, who conditions the homebred Rahy’s Attorney for Joe and Ellen McLellan and partners. “He’s breezed well, a couple of times, and galloped out strong. He’s happy and good.”

Friday’s $90,000 prep is scheduled for 1 3/8 miles of turf. The Singspiel, a 1 1/2-mile turf race which offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000, is on Queen’s Plate Day, June 26.

“I think it will be okay to do both with him,” said Black, who has watched the Ontario-sired Rahy’s Attorney earn more than $2 million via a career record of 13-9-4 in 28 starts, highlighted by a victory in the 2009 running of the Grace 1 Woodbine Mile.

Wilson retains the mount on Rahy’s Attorney, who will begin from the inside post.

Simmard, who finished a head in front of Rahy’s Attorney as the fourth-place finisher in the Elkhorn, was entered in last Saturday’s Louisville Handicap but did not make the trip to Churchill Downs.

Trained by Roger Attfield, who also owns the 6-year-old horse in partnership with Bill Werner, Simmard won the Chief Bearhart over 1 1/4 miles of yielding going here in 2009 and will have Patrick Husbands aboard.

Solitaire, based at Saratoga with trainer Jim Bond, will be making his first start in more than seven months but finished second in the Singspiel last year when returning from a similar layoff.

Another interesting entrant is Big Red Mike, last year’s champion male 3-year-old in Canada, who would be making his turf debut for trainer Nick Gonzalez.