Rahy's Attorney And Wilson Take Pan American
By Ed Gray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – As Emma-Jayne Wilson urged on Rahy’s Attorney mount at the top of the Gulfstream Park stretch in Sunday’s $150,000 Pan American (G3), the finish line didn’t seem all that far away.
The Canadian-based jockey, who rides regularly at Woodbine with great success, rode her mount with confidence on the Gulfstream turf course while recalling the pre-race words of trainer Ian Black.
“I’ve watched this horse run many times at Woodbine and was very confident in him today. One thing Ian Black told me that was really profound to me was…he said ‘Rahy runs the entire stretch at Woodbine.’ That’s a 3/8-mile stretch. I knew the horses were going to have to do some running to get by us and they didn’t.”
The 7-year-old gelding ($12.60), who led the seven-horse field into Gulfstream’s considerably shorter stretch and continued on to his 13th career victory in the 1-1/2-mile stakes.
Rahy’s Attorney relentlessly stalked pacesetter Beckham Road right from the start as the pair opened up on the rest of the field by several lengths along the backstretch while setting quarter-mile fractions of :24 2/5, :48 and 1:12. On the turn into the homestretch, Beckham Road began to show signs of weakening from his pacesetting effort as the field drew closer. Rahy’s Attorney, though, had energy in reserve and opened a lead into the stretch.
Musketier, ridden by Alex Solis, and Prince Will I Am, the even-money favorite ridden by John Velazquez, loomed as the most serious threats in mid-stretch, but, under brisk urging from Emma-Jayne Wilson, Rahy’s Attorney was able to withstand the pressure and went on to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Musketier was second, a half-length ahead of Prince Will I Am.
Rahy’s Attorney, who ran 1-1/2 miles in 2:25 4/5, earned $90,000 to push his career bankroll over $1.95 million. The Ontario-bred gelding, who was running the 1-1/2-mile distance for only the second time, had excelled at distances between a mile and 1-1/8 miles during his career.
“He’s been a good horse at middle distances throughout his career, including a Grade 1 win at Woodbine,” said Black, referring to the $1 million Woodbine Mile in 2009. “He’s seven years old and we thought we’d try him in the longer races this season. We thought that horse (Beckham Bend) would be sent out there to set a good pace, so we planned on sitting off of him and then get first run on the others when it came time. Emma rode a good race. We’ve had a lot of success together back home.”
Rahy’s Attorney had previously raced three times without success at Gulfstream Park, although he did finish second twice, including a narrow loss in the Appleton (G3) last year.
Black is looking forward to yet another successful campaign for his old turf warrior.
“He’ll spend the spring at Keeneland. I don’t know whether we’ll run him in that race at the end of the meet,” said Black, referring to the Sycamore Stakes. “But there will be plenty of opportunities for him up north during the (Woodbine) season.”