Ellie-Boje Farm’s homebred Rahy's Attorney, the King Edward Stakes (Can-IIT) winner from last year, is back to defend his title in the $300,000 turf event June 27 at Woodbine.
The Canadian-bred son of Crown Attorney—Rahy’s Hope, by Rahy, won the 2009 King Edward in record-setting fashion, setting a stakes and course mark when stopping the clock in 1:44.73. That race was at 1 1/8 miles, but it has been shortened to one mile this year. The 123-pound high weight, Rahy’s Attorney seeks his fourth graded stakes victory. A field of nine was entered, including a pair of horses that defeated Rahy's Attorney earlier this year .
The 6-year-old scored his biggest win back in 2008 in the Woodbine Mile (Can-IT). Last year, in addition to the King Edward, he won the grade II Nijinsky and the Bunty Lawless for the second time. The bay gelding is winless in three starts this season, but was runner-up by a head in the Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park in March. Last out, he was sixth as the beaten favorite in the May 30 Connaught Cup (Can-IIIT).
Robert Landry will ride Rahy’s Attorney, an earner of more than $1.5 million from 29 starts, for trainer Ian Black.
Crown Attorney won the event back in 1998.
Mark Frostad, a four-time King Edward winner, will send out Grand Adventure, who won the Connaught Cup by a length. Owned by Sam-Son Farms, the 4-year-old Grand Slam colt broke a five-race losing streak with his latest triumph. As a juvenile back in 2008, he won the Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT) in his second start. Patrick Husbands will have the mount.
Roger Attfield has won the King Edward twice and is back with a pair of chances. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Society's Chairman, who edged Rahy’s Attorney in the Appleton, and Jimmy Simms.
Seven-year-old Society’s Chairman, a three-time stakes winner, finished fourth in last year’s King Edward. In his most recent start, he was third in the April 9 Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland. He is owned by Charles Fipke and George Waud.
Elisabeth Alexander and Burr Travis’ Jimmy Simms makes his 5-year-old debut. He ended his 2009 campaign with a win in the Labeeb Stakes going one mile on the Woodbine turf.
$300,000 King Edward Stakes (Can-IIIT, Race 8, 4:36 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 Mile (Turf) PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Jimmy Simms (KY), J McAleney, 119, R L Attfield
2. Monty's Best (FL), E R Da Silva, 117, R Baker
3. Society's Chairman (ON), J C Jones, 121, R L Attfield
4. Get Stormy (KY), J Castellano, 121, T M Bush
5. Cherokee Heaven (KY), R Albarado, 117, B A Lynch
6. Strike Again (KY), L Contreras, 117, W I Mott
7. Ice Bear (ON), C Sutherland, 121, M Benson
8. Rahy's Attorney (ON), R C Landry, 123, I Black
9. Grand Adventure (KY), P Husbands, 121, M R Frostad