10/19/2005 12:00AM

BC F&M Turf: Bailey gets call to ride Ouija Board


Jerry Bailey has picked up the mount in the $1 million Filly and Mare Turf on Ouija Board, the British mare who won the race last year as the odds-on favorite under Kieren Fallon and was ridden in a recent prep victory by Frankie Dettori.

With Fallon riding Mona Lisa for Michael Tabor and Dettori riding Sundrop for Godolphin, the mount on Ouija Board was open. "I suppose I wouldn't be the first to say he's the No. 1 jockey in America," trainer Ed Dunlop said Wednesday from England. "We're happy to get him."

The full load of 14 was pre-entered in the 1 1/4-mile Filly-Mare, for which Ouija Board figures to be favored again, although surely not as heavily as last year when she won at Lone Star Park. "Last year there were just two European horses in the race," said Dunlop. "The ground at Belmont is far more suitable to our horses, and there are six in it this time."

The others who have done all or most of their racing overseas are Favourable Terms, Karen's Caper, Luas Line, Mona Lisa, and Sundrop. Euros have won 3 of the last 4 runnings of the Filly and Mare Turf.

Sundrop figures as one of the longer shots in the race after back-to-back fifth-place finishes in her two U.S. attempts, the Beverly D. and Flower Bowl.

"We feel Sundrop is worth taking a chance on in this race and hope she can improve on both previous runs in America," said Godolphin spokesman Simon Crisford.

Meanwhile, trainer Bobby Frankel has two pre-entries in Megahertz and Intercontinental. He could have had a third in Melhor Ainda, but that filly was scheduled to undergo minor ankle surgery Wednesday.

"It shouldn't be a big deal," said Frankel. "We're looking to have a big year with her next year."

Frankel said his concern with Megahertz, who has been a sensation in Southern California, is "how firm the track is going to be," and whether Intercontinental can get the 1 1/4-mile distance.

"Her sister won this race," he said, referring to Banks Hill at Belmont four years ago. "We've never tried her this far, so how do we know she can't do it?"